By The Defiled
Adding an electronic ambience to metalcore is maybe not what you'd think would work, but when done simply and subtly it certainly does. The Defiled show with their self titled EP, that the rest of the UK have possibly been missing a trick.
With their headquarters being our nation's capital, the band produced this EP themselves, showing that they aren't quite where they want to be yet. But with sold out shows at The Camden Underworld under their girdles and having playing shows with the likes of Dry Kill Logic throughout '06, '07 could be the time to shine for this five-piece.
The first track, 'Red Tape', has an absorbing intro, drawing you in as the instruments build up around an electro tinkering 'til the well groomed vocals kick in. Mixing clear metal lyrics, sung as much clearly as they are screamed, the electro element returns regularly and provides a much needed differentiation from the basic metal you find around these days. The drums and guitars jumble pace and beat allowing juxtaposition between verse and chorus, and also allowing many parts of the song to be created, retaining attention until the fading of the end.
'Permanent Reminder' is the second track, again, mixing heavy drums with the secret ingredient of alternative effects. The vocals continue to please, and you can see why Metal Hammer is bigging up the band. "Wickedly abrasive metalcore", I'm sure the readers of the magazine will stand up and take note. Track three opens with an industrially influenced mid-pitched drone, opening the gates to the last five minutes of the disc. This song is heavier, cracking out the blocks with velocity and severity. The combination of vocals and backing vocals works well throughout the entire EP, and reiterating previous statements, the inclusion of electronic tones creates an atmosphere where you would love to be.
Not as into metal as I used to be, but I can appreciate what is happening here. I love the addition of the chill-out style sound and I think The Defiled will be on metal-loving radars very soon, if they aren't already. A grand effort.