Published Jul 08, 2016Have you ever wondered what a brutal death metal album might have sounded like had the sub-genre come to fruition in, say, the mid-to-late '70s? Neither have I.
But, for those of you that have pondered just such a thing, your questions have been answered in the form of Japanese death metal outfit Defiled. With a career spanning over 13 years, the guys have just delivered a brand new album, Towards Inevitable Ruin, that finds the band bucking all modern recording conventions and expectations. This thing is seriously raw, but not in the way you might associate with, such as a lo-fi/raw black metal band. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Defiled approach their blood-soaked platter minus fake edits, effects and unnatural sounds. Towards Inevitable Ruin is simply the most authentic and raw representation of Defiled, while keeping true to the sound of their deathly live assault. Not unlike their forebears, such as early-era Cannibal Corpse, Deicide and Malevolent Creation, Defiled deliver fiercely energetic songs devoid of any pomp and circumstance. It's like these guys literally wormholed from their '91 rehearsal space, took a little detour to a '79 recording studio. and landed directly into today's digital world — and it works.
Of course, this ain't your parents' Breakfast in America, but songs such as "Force And Obedience" and "One World" do have a certain old-school charm that might appeal to the less discerning, innocent of ears. Slip this one into the family record collection and let the fun ensue! (Season of Mist)