Act of Defiance (former members of Megadeth) sign to Metal Blade Records

Former Megadeth members Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have announced the formation of Act of Defiance, a heavy metal band also consisting of former Scar the Martyr vocalist Henry Derek and Shadows Fall‘s Matt Bachand. The band entered the studio earlier this month with producer Zeuss to record their debut album for Metal Blade Records.

“Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February, and his performance and tones are simply incredible,” said Broderick. “I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio.” Broderick described the project as being a cross between thrash and modern metal.

Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel announced that Act of Defiance had signed to the long-running Agoura Hills, Calif.-based label. “I have known Chris and Shawn over the years and really admired their work. I am honored to be able to work with these two legendary musicians,” said Slagel.

“I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical homecoming of sorts,” added Drover. “I couldn’t be happier about that.”

Act of Defiance’s debut is tentatively scheduled to be released this summer.

Meanwhile, Metal Blade have released a teaser featuring a song called “Throwback.”