The Defiled
Grave Times


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
September 11th, 2011 | 24 replies | 6,525 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Defiled’s Grave Times is a good debut album that has an unfortunate fizzling effect.

Members:
Stitch D - Vocals & Guitar
The AvD - Programming/Keys & B. Vocals
Aaron Curse - Guitar
J.C - Drums
Vincent Hyde - Bass

Grave Times is another drop in the metalcore ocean. At times it will be hard to distinguish The Defiled’s sound when compared to most acts that share the same genre name. Their debut effort does little to create an impression on the listener while maintaining their interest throughout this release. This does not mean that The Defiled are bad at what they do. They know how to write songs, but lack a strong sense of creative ability to expand on their talents. Grave Times fizzles out due to a combination of semi recycled ideas and a rather generic sound.

Instrumentally each member knows what they are doing. They show particular skill which adds to the music’s overall quality and combines effectively with the other members works. The drum work is especially well done and shows many of the bands consistency throughout. It’s from the drums that the band builds itself as they are very rhythm based and rely heavily on triplet patterns and a quick tempo. The use of electronic sound sources and synth work also add interest for the listener, the only problem is they are usually washed under the thick layering of other instruments where unfortunately, they lack some of the effect they could have achieved. While the instrumentation is relatively top notch, listeners may understandably find fault with the vocals. The screams sound for the most part the same over the length of the album with little deviation and the cleans of Stitch D show that some form of vocal training needs to be applied to remove that slightly whiny tone that seeps into them.

The album shows much of the same throughout the album. The solid musicianship that the band builds off and the lack of diversity coupled with limited a creative idea that leaves the listener bored after three or four tracks. The creative juices just stop flowing and the album suffers. Most of the records highpoints can be found in the first four tracks. Album opener ‘In The Land Of Fools’ will showcase the overall feel of the album and establish the listeners thoughts of: Will I like it? For the most part listeners will find some enjoyable moments but will not be blown away by it. With the almost constant barrage of breakdowns, shrieked vocals and quick tempo listeners will know what to expect from the rest of the album.

By ‘Black Death’ the attention of the listener is already waning. The repetition and recycled ideas become too much and it becomes harder to determine where one track ends and the other begins. The music is not bad, just lacks any memorable moments and tracks mesh together easily. There are some moments that redeem Grave Times with tracks like ‘In Your Name’ that show some of the band’s greater song writing ability but some listeners may fail to make it through the album’s ten tracks.

Sporting looks reminiscent of the Murderdolls, The Defiled present music that is fast paced and built from the drums up. The music is listenable but due to repetitive and recycled ideas falls short of making a great impression on the listener. Grave Times is a solidly unmemorable debut effort that fizzles out before even hitting the halfway mark.

Recommended Tracks:
• In The Land Of Fools
• Black Death
• In Your Name



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2011



6993 Comments


Don't know how i made it through so many listens. Painful at times, but with a few good tracks to make up for it.

DarthMann
September 11th 2011



13815 Comments


good revieww, i think i've heard this band not sure.
posss =)

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2011



6993 Comments


Cheers, you may have heard this through a promo CD on a Hammer mag, it was released/advertised through them.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2011



6993 Comments


Were Sputnik's servers down or something? Anyways, comments and critiques welcome.

DarthMann
September 12th 2011



13815 Comments


Yeah they keep going down for hours at a time it's pretty annoying.
And most likely, my cousin got a whole shit-load of Hammer mags of his mate so I probably did

dimsim3478
September 12th 2011



4885 Comments


Wow! Fantastic review, iPod. Extremely well worded and flows perfectly.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2011



21783 Comments


I got the CD in the MH issue but never got round to listening to it in full

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PurpleDino
September 12th 2011



3065 Comments


In The Land Of Fools has a cool riff thats about it

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2011



6993 Comments


Cheers Dimsim, In The Land Of Fools is definitely the pick of the bunch here.
I seem to be following a trend here with my reviews, especially considering what my next one is (no spoilers here). Anything anyone want to add?

DatsNotDaMetulz
December 22nd 2011



1747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their EP was so much better, just got round to listening to the album upon recommendation from friends. I like it but they need to find their own niche, having longer than average names and stage names won't do much to help. The industrial and groove influences (namely use of samples and shit like that) are nice though.

KjSwantko
January 19th 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

couldn't even listen to this whole album, so generic and gay

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


is this like industrial or something?

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


oh and yeah as i said ipod your reviews always rule

KjSwantko
January 19th 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not really it's just generic de-tuned metalcore/mallcore with occasional electronics and shit. They're pretty boring.

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


yeah ive heard it i just dont know how to generise it

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


*generalize

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 19th 2012



1747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Metalcore heavily influenced by industrial metal and groove metal.

FearOfTheDuck
May 28th 2012



206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really like this band. "Call to Arms" is a fantastic song.

DatsNotDaMetulz
May 29th 2012



1747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are pretty good live too. They're probably gonna get quite big too, the fact they were on a major TV channel last week in the UK last week will help that. They were drunk the whole time and tried to tattoo bewbs on some posh twunt.

SourAK
June 28th 2012



1631 Comments


Their names... lol. The 90's are over.

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