Zokusho is the second album from melodic rockers The Defiants, a relatively new band put together by vocalist Paul Laine, bassist Bruno Ravel and guitarist Rob Marcello.

You may know them from their work with the American hard rock band Danger Danger with Ravel and Marcello still being members of the band and Laine having two stints as the vocalist either side of Ted Poley, the original and now current band vocalist. Drums are courtesy of their fellow Danger Danger stickman Steve West guesting as replacement for the departing Van Romaine from the debut and, again, the band have produced another fine, well crafted hard but melodic rock album still very much in Danger Danger territory but with elements of Harem Scarem and Journey thrown in for good measure.

Paul Laine shows exactly why he is so highly rated with powerful delivery and range and he really knows how to deliver an emotion packed ballad. Zokusho is full of hooks, melody and quite sublime guitar breaks and is another great melodic album from a supremely talented team of musicians. For the record, Zokusho is a Japanese word meaning ‘the sequel’ or ‘next chapter’; I think we can see where the band thinks they are going to do well!

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