FFO: To The Grave, Distant, Shrine of Malice, Lorna Shore
Defamed is a band I came across simply scrolling through YouTube some time back when they released their single “Doves”. I was so awed by the song that I immediately became excited to hear what more they had to offer. Needless to say, I was very happy to have seen this EP in my inbox early. The production here is great. Everything you’d want but might not expect from a new project. Even with many moving parts at times, every instrument shines where it needs to. A beautiful blend of heavy and melodic.
We open to a fast and heavy heater of a song entitled “Abyss”. A very solid opening that brings everything the singles teased prior to the release. Even though this is only an EP, it’s a good length one at that. Coming in at roughly 24 minutes, it’s plenty of time to get down to business. However I still couldn’t help but want more by the end of it. Everyone here crushes with their respective instrument. Guitars are on fire. The drummer is putting in crazy work. That bass? I hear you. Killing it. The vocals are absolutely brutal and fit the engaging music perfectly hand and hand. Not to mention the guitarist also brings in more high pitched black metal style vocals from time to time that I absolutely love. Those vocals specifically get highlighted during the title track “Aeon” when there’s a musical break/build up towards the end. I hope to hear more of that in future efforts. This track also features one of my favorite parts about the whole EP, that being the sweat solo at the end. A solo like this is also heard during the finisher on “Doves”. These solos are put together very nicely and brought in at just the right times it feels like. Not just some all over the place, messing soloing either. I’m talking about those smooth, beautiful melodies that can tie an entire song together. Another aspect that I hope to hear more of. The more technical, broken apart breakdown during “In Tenebris” is one of those moments that echoes the theme of this band as a whole - completely destructive. I hope these few examples are able to show what kind of band this is. If not, just in case, let me do some further explaining. There’s symphonic instrumentals that lift everything up as it simultaneously rains down on you like meteors. The switch ups/construction of each song is equal parts engaging, well put together, yet keeps the element of surprise with each turn. Each song that would come on, especially the non-singles, made me feel like I was being reintroduced to them over and over again because the level of abrasive heaviness is so unexpected. If all that doesn’t get my point across, I don’t know what will.
I obviously can’t comment on previous work because this is their first project together as a band. Given this is a new step into their career, I want to respect this as a fresh start with a bigger and better future ahead of it. What I can say is the replay value with this is very easily there. Without a doubt going into my daily rotation.
I'm going to end this by just being as blunt as possible. Defamed is one of the best things to arise from 2020. This is only the very beginning for them and they have already proven to me to be one of the best in the game. I can't wait for a full length from these guys and really see what they are all about.
Strongest Song: Aeon, Doves
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/defamed/id1494579045