Defiled originates from Tokyo, Japan, and formed back in 1992. It's hard to believe that this act is pushing towards a twenty year anniversary at the time of this review, but for the fans, it's a reality. Chances are good that, over the years, the band's name has been thrown around, or you happened upon one of their CDs somewhere without realizing it due to the underground nature of the band, and since aside an EP and demo, the group only issued three full-length releases, the last being in 2003. Now, roughly eight years later, the group brings their latest effort, In Crisis, to the patiently waiting fans, and the mass of new and hungry Brutal Death Metal legions that await to be fed more. It may have been a long period of silence for the band, but it's clear they can still compose some crushingly brutal, yet still technical, Death Metal. And that's one thing that really makes this release stand out. The band is able to make some really intense Brutal Death Metal that, at it's core isn't all that intricate, but the guitars themselves show some nice complexity, and a strong focus on adding another layer to the mixture with the bass. While the bass itself isn't all too complex, it makes a louder presence by having that twanging sound that a number of Technical, as well as Brutal Death Metal acts incorporate into their material, and it really just makes the music stand out more by showing that the bass gives life to the recording other then simply being in the background and following the same exact guitar patterns throughout the song. One of the stand out moments, outside the twanging on "Lethal Agitator", which sounds fantastic on it's own, is the bass solo that kicks in during "Unconscious Slavery" and really just takes command of the song and shows off the talent and potential the bassist brings with him to this group., Atop of the notable Bass work to the release, it seems to stay away from many of today's Brutal Death Metal stereotypes, and focusing more on the glory days of the story of just being heavy and ultimately like the style suggests: Brutal. The production quality of the recording is rather clear, but still slightly muddy, which couples nicely with the guitars and bass to just give a menacing, and often chaotic sound to the material like on the monsterous song "Unconscious Slavery". The vocals are typically a deeper gutteral, but nothing to the point of inhuman, which sounds perfectly fine on the recording, but at times it can be mixed with the traditional higher rhaspier approach, though luckily not over used or abused in any manner, leaving much of the attention on the gutteral vocals. It also helps that there are no pig squeels or cupped microphone attempts to sound deeper in any way, which gives a more mature, tighter, and sophisticated sound to the recording., It's a given that not all the tracks will click right away on this recording, and they eventually may take some time to grow on you due to the many sudden shifts and varying bass lines that don't follow the traditional "copy the guitarist" formula that has become so common in today's Metal, technical and non. The title track, "In Crisis", is the perfect place to start with material that will take a little time to be acceptable. The song starts with what sounds like sound effects from a classic game like Scramble, the sound of something falling, then exploding, much like missiles in those types of games. The song then slams in, hammering away with technical guitars, both lead and bass, and constantly shifts throughout the recording. This track definitely focuses more ont he technical aspect of the band then anything else, as it doesn't quite have the same impact as the heavier, more Brutal-oriented cuts like "Unconscious Slavery" and "Revelation of Doom", but there is no denying how intense and simply angry the track truly is at the core, and how impressive the technical skills of the group are. But, while that there is a strong technical approach to the music, the band has no problem laying it all on the line with less intricate tracks like "Intolerant" that, while still technical, come off more as just old-school Death Metal inspired tracks with a little hint of brutality to compliment the palette., Basically, In Crisis is a fantastic return to power for Defiled. The band may have disappeared for a long while, but with this release the group picks up right where they left off, and completely dominate you with their excellent combination of brutality and technicality. The only issues that can be had with this recording are "From Alpha" and "To Omega", the intro and outro tracks of the release, as they don't really do much to set up, or properly end the album, and seem more like simple thirty second fillers tracks that could have been included in the tracks they are meant to set up, but were extended into their own cuts for the release. Of course, these barely push over thirty seconds and don't truly do any harm, but just feel a little weaker then what one would want or expect from a punishing album of this caliber, especially "To Omega" which is just a weird sound that comes off more like a record being skipped to a fade out that only lasts a few seconds anyhow. In the long run, if you like impressive yet commanding talent and performances from your Metal, whether it's of a branch of Death Metal or not, make In Crisis by Defiled an important, and immediate purchase., - (9.5/10)
POWER OF METAL webzine (Denmark)
gThe Sound of Perseveranceh is a Death masterpiece and I take the occasion to thank Thomas for his excellent review on the re-issue. Chuck Schuldiner lives forever! , gThe Sound of Perseveranceh could also summarize Yusuke Sumitafs career. The guitarist, only remaining founding member, started the band in 92 and its discography in 94 with a self-financed EP. Then came three LPs in 99, 01 and 03. The fourth is coming only now, but our guy has the flame, maybe more than ever. , gThe Sound of Perseveranceh, the CD, is probably not an influence for Defiled. If the Japanese took something from Death, it comes more from gLeprosyh. They appreciate Morbid Angel gAltars of Madnessh too. Above all, I guess they worship early 90fs brutal death metal pieces like Suffocation gEffigy of the Forgottenh. But they are not stuck in the past and they follow their own way. , Haruhisa Takahata is slapping his bass here and there. That gives an interesting flavour which has nothing to do with fusion or funk, for sure. Kenji Satofs grunts are not revolutionary but hold the comparison with others. The drums, well, you cannot play this genre without certain high capacities and Takahiro Okada has them. Defiled can be defined as old school, brutal, varied, technical, and gIn Crisish is genuine, including with its gtastyh cover by Wes Benscoter. , Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Flotsam & Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Fates Warning, Sadusc) has surely done a great job, with a tough, rough but well thought production, where each instrument has its place and enough space. That should be easier to judge on the CD because brutal death metal and mp3 is not the best marriage you can dream on. , Old school and proud of it, but modern as well, with a real personality to offer. Are you in trouble to wake up in the morning? You can play this gIn Crisish, from the Land of the Rising Sun: much better and effective than your alarm clock! 84/100 --Philippe Leconte--
ROCK HARD magazine (France)
La micro-scène death metal existant au Japon a pour tête de proue Defiled. Cette formation existe depuis le début des années 90 mais, en raison de déboires internes, a connu un dernier septennat pauvre en sorties. Obligé de remonter entièrement son line-up suite aux trop grands sacrifices personnels auxquels le groupe exposait ses membres dforigine, Defiled est donc tout neuf : son personnel sfest entièrement recomposé autour du guitariste originel Yusuke Sumita. Alors évidemment, ce nfest plus le même groupe, ces gens-là ne jouent pas vraiment comme le premier line-up, dont on se rappelle lfexposé extrêmement roots et vigoureux dans le style. Pour autant, In Crisis ne manque pas dfintérêt. Premièrement, il apporte la preuve que même dans des conditions difficiles, un projet musical peut se survivre à lui-même sans trahir ses intentions. Premier bon point. Se justifie dfautant plus le maintien de lfappellation « Defiled », que le premier line-up sfétait donné corps et âme jusqufà la fin, préparant en quelque sorte le terrain à ceux qui sont venus derrière et qui défendent aujourdfhui ce pré carré très vaillamment. In Crisis ne tuera donc pas la réputation de durs bûcherons de nos Japonais, loin de là. Un certain Bill Metoyer (Sacred Reich, Slayer) a mis la main à la pâte sur la production de lfalbum. Le résultat est bigrement lourd, agressif. « Ce » Defiled est vacharde, classique dans lfapproche du chant : Kenji Sato fait dans le guttural, bien sûr (un travail sérieux sans être non plus le plus incroyable qufon ait vu dans le genre). Le Defiled 2011, en plus, nfest pas avare en expérimentations sur le plan rythmique : slap au programme et sons de basse lyrique et aigus, dès le très groovy et agressif « Lethal Agitator ». Le son est à la fois cru, gros et sale (« Paradoxical Chaos »), et si le niveau de compression semble parfois légèrement décalé par rapport à une optique très roots et chaotique (« Unconscious Slavery »), Defiled pose une nouvelle et imposante pierre à lfédifice. Ce dernier semble ne pas devoir sfécrouler : In Crisis est en effet le fruit du travail dfun groupe gardant de fortes ambitions. Sa nouvelle configuration mérite respect. 8/10 --Emmanuel Hennequin--
APESHIT webzine (U.S.A.)
Almost a decade has gone by since Defiledes previous effort, Divination. And like most bands with revolving members, only a sole constant remains–theirfs is guitarist Yusuke Sumita. Sumita forged on after many delays and problems with old members to lay the groundwork for the latest album by these Japanese metal warriors., A soothing zen-like intro starts the album, only to be ravaged by the opening notes of gLethal Agitator.h The furious bass guitar lines supplied by Haruhisa Takahata really shine and immediately fuels the kamikaze attack with parts that would put Cannibal Corpsees Alex Webster to shame. Defiledes music is not for the weak, as the riffs have an old school vibe with many strange twists and turns in tempo and time changes. Unexpected chords and strange riffing somehow seems harmonious with the slapped bass and blast beats., gRetrogressionh and gUnconscious Slaveryh have hints of old Monstrosity and other old school Florida death metal bands from the early 90s. Tracks like gParadoxical Chaosh or gIntolerant, h are chaotic and haphazard, but the songwriting on In Crisis still shows the bandfs growth. Songs now flow smoother, as opposed to having riffs thrown together for the sake of sounding crazy. Vocalist Kenji Sato spews growls that are nothing out of the ordinary, but he gets the job done. gRevelation of Doom, h one of Defiledes best tracks in their discography, closes out this extreme album, with an emphasis on gextreme.h, The middle of the album does stagnate a bit due to the constant speed and general lack of hooks, In Crisis is one of those albums where one appreciates the complexity of all the dynamics after hitting the play button time and time again. Defiled is certainly not for everyone, as their music is not straightforward at all, but if you want to hear mind boggling riffs, with time changes crazier than Immolation can ever produce, this is the band for you.
METAL AS FUCK webzine (Australia)
Is it too early to start on the "Best Of" 2011 list?, Japan's Defiled returns with a resounding statement in its first album in eight years, and fourth full length overall, In Crisis. The album begins with a warped, twisted, dreamlike and atmospheric intro, From Alpha, which sets the tone for the overall sound and feel of the album. From then on out it's all out war as Lethal Agitator blasts through the speakers with drum and bass tracks that positively explode through the mix with pure, unequaled strength. It's technical and old school. Spawn of Possession, Deeds of Flesh, Dying Fetus, Gorod, Suffocation\elements of all the greats can be found. Low but clearly enunciated vocals courtesy of Kenji Sato are delivered forcefully amid the technical but controlled chaos of this head bang worthy opening track., Retrogression is next up, beginning with a breakdown. The bass line played by Haruhisa Takahata is pure low crouch madness, raw and powerful, unfiltered and uncontained, and guitarist, founding member and main songwriter Yusuke Sumita's riffs rip through the cortex to the birthplace of insanity itself. If Japan has a counterpart to Morbid Angel's Trey Azagoth, Sumita is it. Two tracks in and Defiled are already proving that they can throw down with the giants of technical death metal such as Origin, or relative newcomers Brain Drill., Drummer Takahiro Okada serves up the ultimate battery on the next track, Unconscious Slavery, and at this point something must be said about this disc's production. Opinions will no doubt vary, but in this reviewer's opinion Defiled's choice in sound for this album simply rolls over modern death metal production, which makes the bass drum sound like a wet carp being slapped against the broad side of a barn. This is what modern death metal should sound like\raw intensity, unchecked aggression, and natural, trigger-free sound captured with the noise of the air being pushed out of the cabinets left intact., It all adds up to a sound that makes the disc seems like less of a CD and more of an incendiary device thrown into a gas-filled, bare concrete-walled room. Add this to the prowess of the guitar work, the rawness of the vocal attack, and the crowd pleasing fist pump passages, and we've got a serious heavyweight contender going to work on the body and the brain., Each subsequent song goes straight for the synapses, obliterating the mind, breaking it down one piece at at time and rebuilding it in a twisted, mechanical form. The fluidity of the bass work on Paradoxical Chaos simply can't be touched. The title track is mental illness in musical form\a bestial symphony of primal confusion and schizophrenic visions from the areas of the mind humanity would rather leave untapped. By the time Behind You Pray comes on, it's apparent that Defiled have taken everything that is right with technicality, musicianship, and competent songwriting and brought them together in a package as well rounded as any band in the business. A truly career defining effort., Resentment Without End swirls round like a virulent mass of venomous, carnivorous winged earwigs, ripping any remnants of sanity out through the ear canal. Chaotic vocal lines bring a welcome dose of unpredictability with a mix of Frank Mullen and J.R. Hayes does death metal. Intolerant exudes raw emotion via the kick drums as the song goes back and forth through the various stages of nuclear fusion, taking the listener back to the days when giant albums like Breeding the Spawn decimated the death metal community. Maze of Nescience has brilliantly layered guitar tracks for maximum sonic effect. It's a tactical track, like machinery that evolves as it interacts, conquers, and becomes self aware., What else can Defiled do at this point? The last full song, Revelation of Doom, comes around and the band has already laid everything to waste. There's nothing left to prove, and yet they pull out one more deadly track., If eight years between albums is what it takes to make a record this good, then more bands should consider letting an eight-year itch build up before heading back into the studio. By the time this final mechanical salvo is over, there's not a cranial capillary left. The outro, To Omega, puts the finishing touches on the record, continuing on the theme of the intro., Consider this an early candidate for death metal release of 2011. --Joe Reviled--
THE FRENCH TOUCH webzine (France)
Ah, le death-metal... un genre avec lequel j'ai bien du mal. Non pas qu'il n'existe pas de bons groupes, au contraire, certaines formations tendent à enrichir leur musique avec plus moins de succès en mélangeant les styles ou en faisant progresser le leur (Septic flesh - musique classique, Impureza - flamenco, The berzerker - techno, Obscura, Gojira, The monolith deathcult...). Mais il est malheureusement rare qu'un groupe arrive à se dépêtrer de tous les stupides poncifs du genre pour proposer quelque chose d'assez personnel pour être intéressant. On se retrouve souvent face à un disque déifiant la mort, glorifiant la haine, célébrant la destruction - pourquoi pas ? Mais ces sujets délicats ont déjà été traités mille fois, et mille fois mieux par d'autres. Il arrive cependant parfois que parmi ces derniers, il existe une minorité de groupes capables de se démarquer un tant soit peu, et sur lesquels je peux fermer les yeux quant aux clichés musicaux ou textuels; Defiled en fait partie - en tout cas, sur ce dernier disque.
Car la musique des nippons a un charme tout particulier sur moi, et c'est notamment grâce à cette basse, qu'il est absolument impossible d'omettre car elle est à elle seule le centre et l'instrument principal du disque. Difficile de ne pas s'en rendre compte passé les quelques secondes de la courte introduction atmosphérique "From alpha", lorsqu'elle prend les commandes de la rythmique sur le début de "Lethal agitator" et déverse son riff ravageur d'efficacité. Efficacité qui découle d'une production typée death old-school bien crade mais qui permet tout de même une distinction excellente de chacun des instruments des musiciens. Ne reste désormais plus qu'à faire le constat de leur irréprochabilité, que ce soit au niveau de l'interprétation ou de la technicité des compositions, et ce qui en résulte logiquement : le disque ne faiblit pas une seule seconde et tous les titres sont du même niveau ! Mais il ne faut pas croire en une quelconque linéarité lassante. Ce disque est très varié et ne répète jamais à outrance; au contraire, les riffs sont en mouvement constant et les structures changeantes et imprévisibles; la balance étant parfaite entre agressions bestiales et ralentissement bien sentis. "Unconscious slavery" est un de ces monuments de haine s'ouvrant sur une rythmique écrasante rappelant les premiers Meshuggah, et s'étendant pendant six minutes cinq en riffs impétueux et sinueux, n'hésitant pas à entrecouper cette tornade cadencée de courts silences pour accentuer la violence des assauts musicaux. Le son donne parfois un aspect chaotique aux compositions ("Resentment without end", "In crisis"), accentué par la superposition des blasts et des parties de guitare et de basse qui, exception notable pour le genre, sont rarement les mêmes. Bien que certains riffs ressemblent fortement à ceux d'Origin ("Behind you pray", "Maze of nescience", "Paradoxical chaos", "Retrogression"), force est de contaster que Defiled a développé une véritable identité sonore, et que "In crisis" est, sans faire progresser le genre, un très bon disque de death-metal classique et brutal. 4,5/6 (lundi 17 janvier 2011) --Antoine--
ANGRY METAL GUY webzine (Sweden)
Ifll admit it, Ifm a biased motherfucker. When I think of Japan, I think of anime and J Pop and bands like over-the-top shit like X Japan and the crazy clown lookinf girls, not brutal death metal bands like Defiled. I guess I should have learned this lesson already from bands like Gore Beyond Necropsy and Sigh and others who break against this stereotype in their own way, but no, my bias remains. Though I guess you can really say that Defiled is over-the-top\as they are an excellent, but also very brutal and pretty technical death metal band that is releasing their fourth full length. However, I can say that I was right surprised to get this record since I had no idea it was coming out and it has been 8 years since their Season of Mist debut Divination. But whether or not I had warning, Defiled has put out another ball breaking slab of death metal crushingness., Of all genres, Ifd say that technical/brutal death metal is the genre that has taken me the longest to get into. I never found bands like Cryptopsy or Gorguts to be particularly fulfilling when it came to getting out aggression. In fact, Ifd say that a lot of this kind of music is supremely cerebral\to the point of frustration sometimes. Defiled is definitely on that cerebral side of the spectrum\In Crisis maybe even more so than 2003s Divination. One major thing that will stand out to fans of the band right away is that all the songs on this record are about twice as long as the bandfs previous discs. And this definitely shows up in the writing. The tracks are not as direct, theyfre more complex and highly compressed., This complexity and compression leads to an album that takes your active participation and attention to really get into. So this really depends on what kind of fan you are. Do you want a record that hits you with its hooks and takes you on an immediate ride? Or do you want a record that is going to pummel you with its crazy riffs, time changes and brutality and that takes 7 listens before you really appreciate it? If youfre willing to wait around In Crisis is definitely a record worth checking out., For me, I was struck by one change from their earlier material that Ifd heard, and that with the rise in complexity the memorability of the riffs seems to have gone down a bit. Divination is chalk full of riffs that stick to you. Theyfre not necessarily melodic, but theyfre outstanding. They stick to your brain like creepy little mutant worms and they dig into your gray matter, willing you to listen to them over and over and over. In Crisis, while outstanding in its complexity and brutality, hasnft really done that for me. This is partially because the writing style being different (though, really, itfs Defiled and you will recognize it), but I have another theory., Itfs been 8 years since Defiled put out a record and production has changed in 8 years. Records released in 2003, particularly on smaller labels, didnft have the kind of access to high-tech, state-of-the-art production technologies. In Crisis is too damn compressed\and by this I mean in a production sense. The bass doesnft stand out like it did on earlier releases, and despite being very good I had to put it into my earphone monitors to really be able to appropriately get a feel for it. While the drums sound better (not unbalanced), the level of compression here makes the whole mix so dense that those bits and pieces that caught listeners on previous releases and stuck get hidden underneath the wall of compressed sound. And so the record loses something for it. In essence, it makes a composition style that is already a hard nut to crack for some, more difficult to get into., All-in-all, though, if youfre a fan of technical, brutal death metal then you should definitely check out this record. It will reward your patience and you will enjoy it. The riffs are razor sharp, the rhythm section is pummeling and aggressive and the vocals are exactly what you expect them to be\no more, no less. However, if this is your first experience with Defiled I strongly encourage you to go back and check out their earlier material, as well. While this record is great, it might take some of their earlier stuff to convince you to give it a deeper listen. 4.0/5.0 --AngryMetalGuy--
WORMWOOD CHRONICLES webzine (U.S.A.)
Over the last ten years the Japanese death metal scene has grown by leaps and bounds and for the better part of that time one of Japan's first and foremost death metal acts Defiled has been on the sidelines. Finally, after a long seven-plus year hiatus, they're back with a new album, "In Crisis", which features 12 tracks of aggressive, face-peeling death metal., Stylistically, Defiled is the Japanese answer to Canada's Cryptopsy. In a broad sense, they're old school, having clearly taken their influences from the First Wave of American death metal, but they're also very technical in an outside-of-the-box kind of way. There are passages on "In Crisis" that are very reminiscent of Cryptopsy's "None So Vile" album. The most striking resemblance is the way the bass guitar is used. Defiled's bassist, Haruhisa Takahata, optimizes his instrument, playing his bass with every technique imaginable, ranging from percussive popping and slapping to notey and melodic arpeggio craziness., The rest of Defiled play with a high degree of technique, but with enough simplicity to keep things dynamic. Vocalist, Kenji Sato prefers a mid-ranged guttural style foremost, but he throws in screaming accents that resemble more closely those of Pantera and Lamb of God than they do Pig Destroyer or any number of grind outfits. The guitar work of founding member, Yusuke Sumita is adequate, though much more raw than it was on their last album, "Divination"--a rawness that defines the entirety of "In Crisis". Lacking polish, as it turns out, helps the album retain an energy that was lacking the last time around. Drummer Takahira Okada is solid throughout, retaining an old school vibe while blasting competently but never threatening to out-race any of those Japanese commuter trains., The first track "From Alpha" is merely an intro, which is followed by the first real song, "Lethal Agitator". This track is ferocious, hammering home Defiled's updated approach to recording their music--raw, visceral and on the brink of crashing and burning. The additional highlights on "In Crisis" include "Unconscious Slavery", which features a staccato drum and guitar intro that evolves into one of the most crushingly heavy riffs I've heard in a while, and the title track, which features a doomy passage dripping with old school malice., As is common with extreme music, "In Crisis" doesn't stay interesting the entire time but it manages to avoid long stretches of monotony and its energy level unistakably surpasses that of Defiled's last release. "In Crisis" is a good album and marks a bit of an evolution for a band that desperately needed to do so after disappearing for so long. It's a crowded field of brutal bands inhabiting the Land of the Rising Sun these days and "In Crisis" does nothing to diminish Defiled's position amongst the top of the heap. --Thor-- http://www.wormwoodchronicles.com/torture-chamber/defiled
DIGITALMETAL webzine (U.S.A.)
Defiled, as those who have been the victims of this crushing Japanese
assault know are a group comprised of very talented musicians. While
listening to Divination one cannot deny the tremendous amount of skill in
the frenetic blasts of the drums or the twisting, ultra fast drill of the
bass that are joined by some immensely fierce vocals and guitars. All these
superior elements however seem to blur into a cloud of misuse as seems most
fit to describe the situation. Things start off deceivingly well however
with the opener "Downfall" that smashes your guts from the get go. The very
laws of intensity are challenged by some of the lowest vocals around while
the use of carefully crafted tempo changes provides a suspenseful
atmosphere. The suspense is then rewarded by passages of guitar so demented
you wonder how human fingers could craft such a twisted sound. After the
opening track the next four keep up with the bar initially set serving up
high pitched blasts, creepy layered vocals, intriguing intros and stellar
textures in the guitar sound. From this point there is a noted separation in
the quality and originality of the remainder of the album. While the music
by no means looses a great amount of its bite and talent, it just appears
that the band had become too comfortable with their sound and ceased to
venture into other directions. Again, not to discredit the band as musicians
the situation on the rest of Divination can summed up by saying their sound
becomes overly formulaic. There is however a small treat towards the end of
the album. A track with a mind boggling bass solo and another track with an
experiment in vocal styles is a nice little piece of cheese at the end of
the maze so to speak. Overall, this album is still a great listen, and for
past fans of Defiled will probably still probe quite pleasing. However, new
fans may be disenchanted by the sometimes overly technical nature of the
sound. In either case, this is one of those albums that do get more
enjoyable with each listen, so dont give up on it.--Danielle Call--
FLESHRITES webzine (Spain)
After some years in silence after the release of their last work "Ugliness Revealed",
the japanish brutal mongers Defiled strike back with Divination, their third effort of,
as always , death metal.Following their own rules, Defiled gave us more from their
collection: twisted death metal dissonant sometimes, brutal and fast, but contundent as
well, and even when this is not as fast as before, I think they knew how to express their
ideas in a better way as Immolation riffing, mixed with Incantation, Possessed, and the
last from Gorguts, and now even more US groovy brutal death metal influenced, overall on
songs as "Divination".As always, bass work is excelent, covering perfectly guitar sounds,
but at the same time, giving small details that shows the musical level of Norihisa con
his instrument. Of course, the rest of musicians are not far from him, and Yuichi's drums
or Yusuke's or Hideki's guitars are what we are expecting from a true death metal band:
technical, brutal and aggressive.This cd is death metal jewel that for sure will not like
all those posh "dancing" death metallers out there. This is DEATH METAL! --Jim--
METALBITE webzine (U.S.A.)
====Technical Death from Orient. ==== One thing I really like with Season Of Mist is their
flair and guts to promote good and 'out of the ordinary' music. Even if they have mostly
under their wings some great death, black or gothic bands (Meridian, Mezzerschmitt,
Penumbra) they also care for less mainstream metal acts (if there is such a thing) such as
Atrox, Tactile Gemma and The Crest for example. Their motto must be quality and variety.
Defiled makes no exception and is a fine new addition to their original catalogue.
As already mentioned, Defiled is oriental, more precisely from Japan, land of Concerto
Moon, but these guys are really the opposite of that melodic power metal outfit and reside
deeply on the dark side of the moon. "Divination" contains 14 tracks of the most unusual
type of technical death metal. On most of the compositions (12 out of 14), they execute
a fast, hectic and acrobatic death metal with an amazing control and style like we don't
get to hear too often. The percussions are like a demolition derby pounding a relentlessly
savage beat. The rhythm is unstoppable. The riffing is bone crushing and grandiose.
The vocals are demoniac, using at times odd samples and effects. All this being driven by
a Prog musical vehicle! Total madness! The bass lines are either loud and strong or nicely
clean. On 'Floating Sediment' you'll have the chance to hear it doing a solo on this short
instrumental. Short are the compositions (2-3 minutes) adding to the deranged decor.
Always intricate, never easy, thrilling and breathtaking just like the following killers:
'The Dormant Within', 'Dissolved in Dust', 'Enraptured'.Bottom Line: For a mature audience
in need of utter madness. --Denis 'Shadow'--
BRUTALISM webzine (Holland)
Wow! Defiled are back with a real slaughter. Only knowing their "Erupted Wrath"
album and so curious for their new album. And hell this is good! Sheer violence coated in
brutals death metal style. Deep vocals, wicked guitarriffs (listen to the crazy guitarriffs
in the opening song!) and raping drums. This is one hell of an album and def setting them
in the upper regions of the death metal warriors of this earth. Wow! http://www.brutalism.com/content/defiled-divination
SHOCK! rockmagazine (Hungary)
Kulonos dolgok tortennek a vilagban, ez a cd peldaul ugy erkezett a kiadotol,
hogy a zenekar ajanlott minket, miszerint kuldjenek nekunk feltetlenul promot. Nahat.
A Defiled japan csapat, orulok, hogy odaig eljutott a Shock! hire, egyebkent gozom sincs,
hogy is sikerult ez a mutatvany. Sebaj.Nos. '92-ben alakult a Defiled es azota jatsszak
nem kicsit technikas brutaldeathmetaljukat. A hivatalos honlapjuk szerint a Divination a
negyedik lemezuk (az infolap szerint csak a harmadik). Fel perc alatt lejott, hogy nem
eppen habkonnyu zenet jatszanak. Nyakatekert riffek, bonyolult utemek, szivet melengeto
bogofutamok - persze a horges sima horges maradt -, 12 agyremkent funkcionalo tetel 36
percben. Mazli, hogy nem vittek tulzasba a dalok hosszusagat, mondjuk aggyal nem is
lehetne birni azt a sok temavaltast, amit kepesek fel percekbe belezsufolni a zeneszek.
Mindezt meglehet?sen vehemens modon, kicsit sem veszitve a zene brutalitasabol, ami az
amerikai death metalbol indult ki valamikor. Nem igazan lehet kiemelni szamokat,
masszaszeruen omlott ram az egesz lemez, most probalok kievickelni a hanghegyek alol,
hogy szavakba ontsem miert nem csak es kizarolag a kaosz ragadott meg a Defiled zenejeben.
Siman lehet ertekelni okos jatekukat, foleg ha neha ugy ot masodpercig valami konnyedebb,
netan megjegyezhet?bb riffet is mereszelnek beilleszteni az agymeneseik koze.
Azert erdemes pihenten hallgatni a Divinationt, kialvatlanul a lemez felenel azt erzi az
ember, hogy legalabb ot ejszakan keresztul virrasztott, ugy, hogy percenkent koppant a
feje tetejen egy vizcsepp. Magyarul: nem mondanam, hogy pihentetne a zene, nyilvan nem is
ez volt a celjuk, inkabb fel ohajtottak razni a kedves zeneszeret?ket, hogy igy is lehet
death metalt jatszani, nem csak a tikatika es a sikamika miatt jo ez a mufaj. Ilyen lehet
egy agymasszas erzesem szerint.A 12-es tetelnel lanyhul egy kicsit az agresszio, bogoszolot
hallhatunk, nem eppen mindennapi formaban, de ez varhato volt az eddigiek utan. A 13-as
(Eciov Errazzib - olvasd csak visszafele!) tetel csak annyi, hogy a horg?sember felhorgott
valamit, azt visszafele lejatszottak es lon meg egy track.
A hangzas eleg massziv, a Morrisoundban keszult, bar hangosan hallgatva (erdekes modon
halkan nem) a pergo elegge eltunik, foleg a suru reszeknel, es suru reszek eleg gyakran
hallhatoak a cd-n. Pedig gyonyoru hangja van a pergonek, olyan jo kis kopogos.
Azert azt megneznem, ahogy a japanok beindulnak erre a zenere...
Death es Suffocation rajongok szerelmesek lesznek ebbe a zenekarba is.
Figyelem! Aggyal hallgatando!
THE GRIMOIRE OF EXALTED DEEDS zine #29 (U.S.A.)
Have you ever heard Pavor? These gooks remind me of that German band, but they fuck around
with timing a lot more. Yeah, you guessed right. This is a technical death metal band, but
thatfs not always a bad thing. Instead of sounding pretentious, they sound sick. People who
hang around with niggers probably wonft be into this - they can just stick to their hop
metal (which is really just gay hardcore with some burpy vocals). I donft know if I can
recommend this because it might be too fucked up, but I think that the bizarre twists are
cool to listen to because they sound more like a product of a madman than of a musician
trying to get a compliment, and that makes it really enjoyable. I wonder if these guys mad
emoshless death metal because of fags who do those fake kung fu moves in the pit.--J--
UGLINESS REVEALED Reviews
VOICES FROM THE DARK SIDE webzine(Germany)
Hailing from Japan is one thing, but bing from there and playing complicated
Death Metal is a different thing.This would be DEFILED's debut stateside release
under the Necropolis label's sub-division Baphomet.18tracks in total,8tracks are
really short intros which make it interesting when they crash into the music.
4tracks at the end of the CD are taken from their"Erupted Wrath" release and have
been remixed for this album.The entire album was recorded in Japan but was sent to
Morrisound in Florida for the polishing and touching up. The end result is some of
the heaviest guitar I have heard in a while.Bellowing vocals and a very audible
bass guitar.Meanwhile, the drums put an aural assault on the senses.Roght on the
cover there is a sticker that says to paraphrase:"Fans of GORGUTS,DYING FETUS and
CRYPTOPSY take note."Yes they are right the apple does not fall far away from the
tree.To me they sound closer to GORGUTS and older MORBID ANGEL with alittle sprinkle
of DEATH thrown in for good measure.Rarely does something come along and kick me ass
especially within this genre,DEFILED have succeeded in doing that.The last one to kick
my ass was the latest from CRYPTOPSY.If you only buy the album because of the heaving,
massive production that alone is worth the cost.I know, I know, I am biased because I
am a huge fan of brutal technical Death Metal but trust me, you will not be disappointed.
JACKAL BLASTER webzine(U.S.A.)
After touring intensively throughout North America and Japan, and releasing Erupted Wrath
in 1999 through Nightfall Records, Defiled finally are allowed to spread their death metal to
a larger audience via Necropolis. Technical as hell and spiting fire and fury, Defiled are a
unpretenious death metal act. Adding ambient, rumbling introductions to seven tracks, and an
outro for the finale, Ugliness Revealed comes full circle in a vicious assualt of blast beat
Florida inspired death metal, much like country mates Intestine Baalism.
Despite their throwback to an middle 1990s framework, Defiled clearly show a capacity for
accomplishment. They display an honest integrity and a vigor that makes them an intense act,
especially within a live setting. As a whole, Ugliness Revealed is an atmospheric piece that
goes beyond just brutality and aggresion to a higher plane of understanding.
TRANSCENDING THE MUNDANE webzine (U.S.A.)
This is some seriously intricate death metal. Defiled play the brutality card to
the bone, but they do it with such technicality, it is simply amazing. The bass player
in particular just blows me away.After a short intro (there is an 'intro' track between
all of the songs, go figure) "Lies For a Lie" kicks in with a "Killing Technology" type
of rhythm. From there, though, it changes gears almost constantly, never pursuing a riff
or tempo for too long. The effect is disorienting but also impressive. More importantly,
it is quite enjoyable and the band never drags the songs out more than need be. The vocals
are standard, guttural death growls, delivered with conviction if not originality. "Fatal
Intrigue" is one of my favorites, as it unblinkingly alternates between blastbeats,
neo-funk grooves and prog-rock technical workouts.If you dig bands like Cryptopsy, Gorguts
and Cynic, you simply must check out Defiled. There seem to be a number of high quality
acts emerging from the Japanese underground lately and Defiled are definitely at the top of
the list. --Daniel Hinds--
RIP N' TEAR webzine (Canada)
Get out your calculators boys and girls, it's time for some more mathematically complex
death a la Cryptopsy. Defiled enter the NASA sweepstakes with this jagged piece of
extremity as riffs come at you from every possible angle at frenetic speeds, making for one
hell of a complicated listen. However, this Japanese troupe amazingly incorporate some memo
rable, devastating riffage into the standard discordant, jazzy structure that this sub-genre
has come to be known for, making this an enjoyable listen. The production clarity displays
Defiled's obvious instrumental skills and allows the power to leap forth despite the
complicated material. Just check out such ripping tracks as "Crush The Enemy Rising" and
"Defeat Of Sanity" for a taste of the otherworldly material these guys have created. Fans of
'calculator-death' should track this down.--Chris Tighe--
EARSHOT webzine (Austria)
Permanent den Tod vor Augen - Suizid der hochste, der einzigste Vorsatz. Unbeirrbar und
apathisch, immer dem Ziel zustrebend, der feindlichen Flugabwehr gleichgultig strotzend.
Zerstorung, die Absicht, Selbstmord der Weg, Kamikaze - gottlicher Wind...
Nur schwer kann ich die Gedanken eines japanischen Todespiloten auf seinem letzten und
bedeutendsten Angriff nachvollziehen. Wirr und verstort mussen sie jedenfalls gewesen sein,
aber andererseits so klar und deutlich wie nie zuvor.
Doch jetzt gelang mir endlich ein kleiner Einblick, und zwar mit "Uncovered Plots", dem 6.
Track des bisher 2. Release (1. in Europa) der Todesblei-Japaner! Auf einen klar
strukturierten, dahinratternden Anfang folgt ein disharmonisches Gitarrengewinsel, welches
die Spinne Thekla bei der Biene Maja nicht besser hatte zustande bringen konnen. Dann geht
es schon wieder schon deftig weiter, die Nackenhaare legen sich allmahlich wieder und nur
das vereinzelt wiederkehrende Gewinsel last einem kalte Schauer uber den Rucken laufen
- einfach nur genial! "Uncovered Plots" ist durch dieses Thema sicher die abnormste Nummer
des Albums, jedoch findet man fortwahrend ahnlich abstrakte Riffs und Strukturen, die sich
durch alle insgesamt 10 Tracks (+7 Intros und 1 Outro!) ziehen. Diese sind geschickt in die
dominierenden, amerikanisch-straight gehaltenen Attacken integriert und bereiten somit jedem
Freude, der es gerne tight und abgefahren mag. Viel Charakter haben auch die Vocals, die,
obwohl sie gehorig markig dahingrunzen, ordentlichen aggressiv klingen - eine Kombination,
die nicht selbstverstandlich ist! Auch der Sound ist weitaus mehr als durchschnittlich,
wurde diese Scheibe doch in den Morrisound Studios (MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEATH
DEFILED bietet all jenen eine Alternative, die genug von den unzahligen, charakterlosen
08/15 Florida-Death Duplikaten haben und Wert auf ein wenig Individualitat legen.
Besondere Anspieltipps sind Track 2, 6! und 16.6 von 7 Punkten --Weitere Beitrage von
DIGITALMETAL webzine (U.S.A.)
An incredibly solid entry in the underground metal sweeps, Japans Defiled bucks the
traditional death styles in ways that one would expect from that land that gave us Zeni
Geva, Merzbow, and other noise terrorists. Very technical delivery paired with spooky
intros for most songs, Ugliness Revealed is instead pulchritude exclaimed. "Lies For A
Lie" and "Decimate With Hysteria" undergo wild tempo changes with a very progressive
attitude, but "Uncovered Plots" takes the bloody cake for a calculated attack that would
make Cynic cower in fear. "To Zero" forces Slayer into retirement and fades out with an
orchestra tuning! "Disguised" and "Embodiment Of Jealousy" tailgate new Cryptopsy at a
safe but daring distance, and "Fatal Intrigue" resembles an unholy union of Botch and
Dillinger Escape Plan. The rhythm section of bassist Norihisa Fukuda and drummer Naoki
Akamatsu keeps every rein taut, and vocalist Hideki Fujimoto couldnt be more guttural
with his deep bass vox. The last four tunes sound as if they were recorded in a different
session and could be an early demo tacked on as a bonus; apparently the facilities at
Tampas Morrisound Studios couldnt smooth the seams. Regardless, the record sports evil
cover art by Wes Benscoter, whos been a stranger to metal sleeves as of late. Fans of
Broken Hopes Loathing, SadusEVisions Of Misery, and CarcassEHeartwork - prepare to be
hyperblasted by Defiled! --Dan Woolley--
METALCURSE webzine (U.S.A.)
Finally! A band on the Fredo Corleone of the Necropolis subsidiaries worth a piss!
These guys are perhaps the most intense Death Metal band to ever echo from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Twisting, snarling, complex rhythms and dark, unsettling harmonies combine lethally
in the form of what I like to call 'anti-tempos.' Those unpredictable song structures that
defy the norm and keep you on the edge of your seat. But unlike the 'anti-tempos' of a band
like DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, for example, which come off as a non-musical blur, these bizarre
tunes actually have character.
Of course, repeated listens are a must. Hail the beasts of the East! <9.5> --Jack Botos--
DEADTIDE webzine (U.S.A.)
Japan's Defiled play music reminiscent of newer Cryptopsy. The songs speed by with jarring
time changes, annoying high end guitars and nothing to keep the listener from being totally
bewildered and lost in the chaos. Sure, some brutal death fans would consider Ugliness
Revealed the next best thing to sex, but there's no accounting for taste (this goes for
my judgement of the disc as well). To make things worse, the band has chosen to put
"intros" between nearly every track on the album (that means there are eight of them in
all). Not a single one is interesting, and to make things worse, they break up the disc's
intensity, which may be the only thing Defiled has going for it aside from the band name
and cover artwork. --Peter Johnston -- http://www.deadtide.com/reviews/albums/page.php?id=982
UNDERSCROUNTCH webzine (France)
"Ugliness Revealed" date de 2000 et, meme s'il a ete enregistre au Japon (patrie de DEFILED)
il a ete mixe et masterise aux fameux studios Morrisound, en Floride, par un certain Tom Morris !
On peut egalement noter que la pochette est l'?uvre deWes Benscotter qui s'est deja pas mal illustre
( !) dans le milieu et notamment avec les pochettes des albums de MORTICIAN.
Mais venons-en a la musique : DEFILED nous offre ici du Brutal Death Metal tres original.
En effet il se degage une ambiance tres speciale de cet album et celle-ci est renforcee par
les intros (une par morceau !) entierement composees par le groupe.
Cette musique est tres technique et contient beaucoup de breaks.
Je ne sais pas si ca provient de leur nationalite et du fait que la musique asiatique n'utilise pas
les memes harmonies ni les memes gammes que celles utilisees dans la musique " occidentale " mais
certains passages, certaines melodies peuvent paraitre assez bizarres a la premiere ecoute, a la
limite de la dissonance parfois.
Mais cela contribue grandement a l'atmosphere du disque et cela fait toute sa force et toute son
Cet album contient egalement quatre morceaux enregistres en 1997 et re-mixes en 2000. Et trois
d'entre eux figuraient deja sur " Erupted Wrath ", leur precedent album.
En conclusion je peux dire qu'il s'agit la d'un excellent album de Death Metal original et special
et je ne peux que m'impatienter a l'annonce de la sortie prochaine de leur nouvel album a paraitre
chez Season Of Mist ! note : 18/20 --Stephgrinder--
ERUPTED WRATH Reviews
This time Japan and a band from there made a good impression on me. Heating
up, bombarding, fucking, walopping go on for entire 30 minutes. Everybody
who likes this kind of music will find ERUPTED WRATH record ' a music for
his ear' . Its top speed rate and demoloshing sound will caress the ear.It
is not difficult to make an even record but it is certainly difficult to do
so at a very high level. DEFILED did it sucessfully and so they deserve
high apprisal. It is a regularly beating, healthy heart of death metal. I
highly recommend listening to ERUPTED WRATH. Most probably more than one
soul will fall in love with the Japanese music. --Chris--
UNCHAIN UNDERGROUND webzine(U.S.A.)
Well, this is certainly brutal! Defiled churn out the real heavy shit from
the first second to the last on Erupted Wrath, not letting the listener
breathe for a second. They incorporate a strong dose of technicality into
the music - most of the ideas work and a few don't, but they had the balls
to try and I've got to give them credit for that. This is a release that
fans of straight-up death metal will devour with a passion, and those
looking for something a little on the odd side will find it a rewarding
listen as well. --Al Kikuras--
THE GOREGRIND AND GRINDCORE webzine (France)
These times my infatuation for death metal is increasing, as I
discover more and more good bands... like this japanese band called
Defiled... The sound production on this album is really solid and clear,
maybe slighty cold at times, but respecting all the thrashing energy of the
songs. The recording dates back to 1997,and was made in the USA, the mixing
was made at Morrisound Studios! (George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher even performs
some backing vocals on one song..) All the songs are intersected by short
atmospheric sound effects, it adds more eerie to the compositions, which
sometimes lack of mood, as they seem to concentrate on the thrashing sound.
And it thrashes hard for sure! Their technical abilities are used to the
upmost, through relentless, fast and brutal technical death metal
compositions; Rythmed by tight speedy beats, double bass, and a few well
placed brutal blasts(quite rare though)... Songs are structured by many
rythmic changes, mostly blazing fast (but not grindy) thought out with a
strong, coherent composing feeling. Guitars are thrashy and skilful, and
bass carries a cool twisted sound. All the instruments have a good clear
sound; the drums are especially really big sounding and tight. The well
written lyrics(quite good but common for death metal genre: dark fantasy,
reflection on religion etc...) are recited with an effective and confident
mid-low-pitched gruntroar voice which varies alot and sometimes becomes some
kind of very aggressive screams... I see influences of classic bands like
Immolation, Deceased or early Malevolent Creation maybe some other dirty old
thrash/death acts of the late 80s... When I saw the cover artwork, it
immediatly reminded me Sinister "Hate" artwork! And yes, it's another
artwork by Wes Benscotter! The design of this cd is also very well made, at
least nice to look at! If you look for tight, brutal, talented & technical
death metal... Check this out!
These times my infatuation for death metal is increasing, as I discover
more and more good bands... like this japanese band called Defiled...
The sound production on this album is really solid and clear, maybe slighty
cold at times, but respecting all the thrashing energy of the songs.
The recording dates back to 1997, and was made in the USA, the mixing was
made at Morrisound Studios! (George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher even performs
some backing vocals on one song..) All the songs are intersected by short
atmospheric sound effects, it adds more eerie to the compositions, which
sometimes lack of mood, as they seem to concentrate on the thrashing sound.
And it thrashes hard for sure! Their technical abilities are used to the
upmost, through relentless, fast and brutal technical death metal compositions;
Rythmed by tight speedy beats, double bass, and a few well placed brutal blasts
(quite rare though)... Songs are structured by many rythmic changes, mostly blazing
fast (but not grindy) thought out with a strong, coherent composing feeling.
Guitars are thrashy and skilful, and bass carries a cool twisted sound.
All the instruments have a good clear sound; the drums are especially really
big sounding and tight. The well written lyrics(quite good but common for death metal
genre: dark fantasy, reflection on religion etc...) are recited with an effective and
confident mid-low-pitched gruntroar voice which varies alot and sometimes becomes some
kind of very aggressive screams... I see influences of classic bands like Immolation,
Deceased or early Malevolent Creation maybe some other dirty old thrash/death acts of
the late 80s... When I saw the cover artwork, it immediatly reminded me Sinister "Hate"
artwork! And yes, it's another artwork by Wes Benscoster! The design of this cd is
also very well made, at least nice to look at! If you look for tight, brutal, talented
& technical death metal... Check this out!