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The Defiled is a British metalcore band from London in England, formed in 2008.

The Defiled mix groove-laden hardcore/metal with electronic influences. They have been described by Kerrang! magazine as "The saviours of UK Metal" and championed by Metal Hammer as one of the leaders in a new wave of British metal along with bands such as While She Sleeps, Bury Tomorrow and Devil Sold His Soul.

The Defiled has built a fanbase following support slots with bands such as Murderdolls, Static-X, Godsmack, Deathstars and Motionless in White as well as playing Download and Sonisphere festivals.
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Grave Times
Metalcore 2011
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Metalcore 2013

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Album · 2013 · Metalcore
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Kev Rowland
This is the second album from the British metalcore outfit, which was recorded at the renowned Audio Hammer studio in Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Devildriver, Motionless In White). According to the press release “the Brits’ sophomore release further defines and refines their groundbreaking blend of metallic savagery, state-of-the-art electronics and bold anthemic melodies.”. Rats. If that is the case then the download I was provided with is for a different album, as that’s not what I am hearing at all. There are a small number of labels that can be guaranteed to release class material nearly every single time, and Nuclear Blast is definitely one of this with great release after great release. But, sometimes it isn’t quite there, and that is most definitely the case ere.

The sound is confused, almost muddied, as if the guys aren’t really sure what they are doing as they try to bring in melodies where they don’t really exist, and employ keyboard sounds that for the most part have no place at all on a metal album. They manage to convey the impression that in the live environment they can be a fairly brutal and aggressive act but that in no way compensates for the lack of actual songs.

I see that this has been getting rave reviews all over the place, so I’m probably in minority of one again but it won’t be for the first time or the last, and this is just not something that I can get excited about.


Album · 2011 · Metalcore
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The Defiled are a London based Metalcore band. 2011′s Grave Times was the band’s first full-length studio album and followed up thier 2009 EP entitled ’1888.’ You can expect to hear lots of breakdowns, clean choruses and the occasional guitar lead breaking up the main riffs, which are generally heavy and upper-mid-tempo, with a flat and compressed tone.

The music scene is full of thousands of bands making this type of music and every one needs a unique selling point to get ahead. The Defiled separate themselves from the crowd in a number of ways. Firstly with the incorporation of electronics and atmosphere’s somewhere between the Rhys Fulber in Fear Factory level of incorporation and Chris Spicuzza of Chimaira’s more subtle style.

Secondly in the vocal department. There are several types of clean vocals that are very common to this type of music, but amazingly among the varied vocal styles on offer on this album the vast majority are pretty uncommon in Metalcore. This helps the band have a unique identity in an overcrowded scene.

Finally, and perhaps least importantly, with their image which seems to attract complaints from the more judgmental metal elitists. I am not personally a fan of ‘guyliner’ or big hair myself either, but it really shouldn’t be taken into consideration when judging what the music sounds like. The music would sound the same no matter how the band were dressed after all.

The Deflied are good at what they do and if you like the genre you will find them a worthy addition to your collection, however if you generally dislike this musical style I cant honestly foresee them being the band to win you over. Their individuality may be apparent to the Metalcore connoisseur, but to fresh ears there isn’t exactly a colossal difference in formula. There are enough bouncy riffs, interesting double-kick patterns and varieties of vocal styles to keep my interest up for the album’s 51 minutes however, with no tracks seemingly particularly throw-away or unnecessary and that in itself is a mark of quality.

Interestingly, The Defiled have learned a lot of lesson’s from some of the best Nu Metal bands, (and I know that has become a faux pas with certain Metal fans) and if you listen to the guitar tone carefully, at times you will hear both specific musical notes and a specific production sound that was very popular between ‘99 and ’02 which is actually rather refreshing in combination with musical elements peculiar to Metalcore.

Standout tracks include ‘Black Death’ which has a few unique ideas and ‘Metropolis’ which is perhaps the stompiest and most Pantera inspired track on the album. The definite highlight for me however, is closing track ‘Final Sleep,’ which has a much more contemplative feel, ending the album on an unexpectedly somber note.

To summarise; The Defiled are not the most original band in the world but what they do, they do well and have enough distinct musical personality to keep this album from feeling like just another Metalcore album, and should prove enjoyable unless you just outright hate Metalcore to begin with.

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