The opening riff in H8 Ball reminds me of a familiar Pantera riff. The similarity kind of ends there as the song evolves, but that particular riff gives me an early Pantera feeling. Besides, there are tons of worse bands to be compared to; Pantera is surely a complement. Unlike many opening thrash songs that are fast and pulse pounding, this one is more calculated, slow, and bone crushing. II is the name of Def-Con-One’s second studio album. It’s a simple enough title broadly indicating the sophomore effort, but does it hold its own weight against their debut, one that was given the nod of approval two years ago here on A Metal State of Mind? In short, yes. Their debut was described as a militaristic style with its machine gun double bass and tight riffing. II offers a similarly intense level of ferocity as Warface, but it’s packaged a bit differently.