The formation of DEFECTO took place in 2011, when guitarist and frontman Nicklas Sonne was contacted by legendary producer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Blind Guardian), who wanted to help Sonne record and release his music. With Sonne already knowing lead guitarist Frederik Møller for several years, they soon joined forces and added bass player Thomas Bartholin, creating a band that could bring to life their unique ambition and potential. Already a year into the bands career, their particular brand of melodic and complex metal brought them the attention of the Danish media, winning them their first award, “Best Metal Band 2012” at the Underground Music Awards.
The collaboration with Flemming Rasmussen culminated with the release of DEFECTO’s debut album “Excluded”, released in 2016 via esteemed record label and PR-company Prime Collective. Excluded created a dedicated following for the band and a considerable breakthrough especially in the Danish metal scene. This led to DEFECTO playing the prestigious festival COPENHELL in 2016 and opening for huge acts such as Metallica and Rammstein in 2017. Additionally, Excluded won DEFECTO their second award for “Upcoming Band of the Year” at High Voltage Awards in Copenhagen, and led the band to sell out their first tour of Denmark in the fall of 2016.
Swiftly following the success of Excluded, DEFECTO’s sophomore album “NEMESIS” was released in 2017, this time on Swedish record label BLACK LODGE RECORDS (In Flames, Sabaton, Katatonia). The album was met with positive reviews in both Danish and international media alike, leading the band to sign a deal with German booking agency DRAGON PRODUCTIONS (Sonata Arctica, Volbeat, D-A-D), to book the bands’ concerts in Europe. The album release was followed by a sold out tour in Denmark as well as two successful European tours in 2018, the first with Andorran progressive metal outfit Persefone, followed by the band’s first headlining tour throughout Europe. Both tours featured the debut of powerhouse drummer Mikkel Christensen, who had joined the band in early 2018. The band continued touring into 2019, playing at several European summer festivals, while working on the compositions for their third album.
In 2020, the band is once again ready with a new full-length album, titled “DUALITY”. Following a period of creative experimentation within the band, DUALITY features an authentic mix of metal with attitude and powerful songwriting, whilst also exploring a more atmospheric and dynamic side of the bands sound. DUALITY is set to be released in the fall of 2020, and the band is posed to continue their advance onto the international metal stage, backed by international partners such as Swedish record label BLACK LODGE RECORDS, danish PR- and record label Prime Collective, Japanese & Korean record label Avalon Sound as well as German booking agency DRAGON PRODUCTIONS.
DEFECTO was formed in 2011 in Copenhagen when singer, guitarist and frontman Nicklas Sonne was approached by the legendary producer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Blind Guardian) after hearing Sonne’s music. Wanting to help Sonne record and release his material, they contacted lead guitarist Frederik Møller, as well as bass-player Thomas Bartholin and drummer Lars Jensen in order to create a band that could match Sonne’s unique potential.
Already from the beginning, DEFECTO’s brand of melodic and virtuoso metal was creating a buzz in the Danish metal scene. Released in 2012, their debut EP “Defecto” brought them into the attention of the Danish media, being named “Best Metal Band 2012” by Underground Music Awards.
The release of DEFECTO’s debut album “Excluded” in march 2016 was met with much attention and appraisal throughout the European metal scene, creating a dedicated following for the band and a considerable breakthrough especially in the Danish metal scene. This led DEFECTO to play the prestigious festival COPENHELL in 2016 and to open for huge acts such as Metallica and Rammstein in 2017. DEFECTO also won the award for “Upcoming Band of the Year” at High Voltage Awards 2017 in Copenhagen.
In December 2017, DEFECTO’s sophomore album “NEMESIS” was released to rave reviews from fans and press alike, both in Denmark and internationally. Following the release, DEFECTO’s signed with Swedish record label BLACK LODGE RECORDS (In Flames, Sabaton, Katatonia), on which NEMESIS will be re-released in march 2018. Most recently, DEFECTO joined forces with German booking agency DRAGON PRODUCTIONS (Sonata Arctica, Volbeat, D-A-D, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy) who will henceforth be booking the band in Europe.
Already boasting an impressive CV, DEFECTO is definitely “one to watch”. 2018 also holds great promise for the band, featuring among many things a tour across Europe with renowned Andorran band Persefone.