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Review: The Defiled - Daggers


The blending of ferocious metalcore and melodic electronic elements doesn’t always turn out right. But this British band, who are known for their blistering live shows, pulled it off fairly well on 2011’s Grave Times and again on Daggers. A Fear Factory-ish electro approach seeps into the throbbing-bass butchery of “The Infected” in a catchy manner, while the cyber-punky rasp of vocalist Stitch D carries a frothing thrash attack wired with intriguing cyber-apocalyptic melodies. Still, after a while, the metalhead in you will likely yearn for less electronics and more of the bloody good brutal riffage. JEFF PERLAH

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