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As the battle for British metal’s spirit and future rages on, few astute observers would bet against The Defiled emerging triumphant. The London-based quartet have had a phenomenal impact on these shores and beyond over the last few years, with a strident, genre-blitzing sound that both delivers the crushing, riff-driven goods and shrewdly redefines what it means to bring the 21st- century mosh. Formed in 2005, The Defiled exploded onto an unsuspecting metal scene in 2008 with their debut EP ‘1888’ before devoting themselves to establishing a reputation as one of the most exhilarating live bands in living memory. When the band’s brutally irresistible debut album ‘Grave Times’ dropped in 2011, the response was universally ecstatic, with major rock and metal press queuing up to proclaim The Defiled as the saviours of modern British heaviness.
Having risen rapidly to the top of the UK metal tree, The Defiled – made up of founding member and keyboard maestro The AvD, singer/guitarist Stitch D, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles - are now poised to obliterate any and all opposition and make a claim for immortality with their monstrous second album, ‘Daggers’. Recorded at the renowned Audio Hammer studio in Florida with acclaimed sonic guru Jason Suecof (Trivium/Devildriver/Motionless In White), the Brits’ sophomore release further defines and refines their groundbreaking blend of metallic savagery, state-of-the-art electronics and bold anthemic melodies. Everything is bigger. Everything is better.
With an ever-expanding fan base hungry for more, The Defiled have made light work of evolving into the ultimate cutting-edge metal band and Daggers looks certain to propel them to the very top of the heavy music ladder. After self-releasing their debut, the band have taken the DIY route once again this time, harnessing the power of their rabid fan base, funding the new record via the celebrated Pledge Music platform and generating an irresistible buzz of expectation that has led to a new partnership with ex-Roadrunner Records A&R guru Monte Conner’s newly-established Nuclear Blast Entertainment imprint. The sheer quality of the resultant studio sessions will soon be plain for all to see. Veering from the seething grooves and lacerating hooks of ‘Unspoken’ and ‘As I Drown’ to the mutant electro-squall of ‘Porcelain’ and the startling raw balladry of ‘5 Minutes’, this is an album revels in diversity, dynamics and the devastating power of the human imagination.
Having already conquered major UK festivals like Download and Sonisphere, not to mention triumphant supports slots with everyone from Murderdolls and Static-X to Ghost and Godsmack, this is a band primed and ready to dominate the metal world. In contrast to the stark emotions and celebratory verve of their debut, however, the new album aims higher on every level, delving deep into the psyches and feelings of its creators, resulting in a furious but thought-provoking miasma of emotional intensity, unsettling insights and metaphysical musings. Gleaming platinum-plated proof that the future has already arrived, The Defiled will claim 2013 as their own as Daggers lays down a new blueprint and manifesto for this most distinctive and destructive of contemporary creative forces. Strap yourselves in for the white-knuckle ride to end them all: right now, The Defiled are unstoppable.
The Defiled will play shows in London and Manchester as part of a wider UK tour, starting in November.Each purchase comes with a free digital EP featuring one track from each band. Once your purchase has gone through, a link to download your EP will be sent to you within 30 days