Defiled - Infinite Regress [Season of Mist - 2020]Japanese tech death lords, Defiled, are back with their sixth full length (and fourth on Season of Mist), Infinite Regress. Fourteen tracks of pummeling fury, their three year period since their last release, Towards Inevitable Ruin, proved very fruitful. Starting 2020 off on a punishing note, Defiled bring the brutality is a fresh and fast way.
Intro and outro aside, Infinite Regress is a shred and groove fest for nearly every walk of metalhead. Comfortable on all tempos, Defiled leave ample room within their sound for the listener to sit and contemplate what is unfolding around them. Using this space is directly opposite most bands in the scene that jam their mix so full of sound and chase the unrelenting, claustrophobic vibe. Defiled give some freedom and allow for each instrument to have its own voice and speak as the listener sees fit. This space also gives the lads a bit of leeway with their structure and allows them to build a tight and efficient album. With that efficiency, there also appears to be a sort of hardcore aesthetic that surfaces. When not ripping into full on tech death, Defiled seems to go for a sparse, experimental type of hardcore that helps make these more open spaces really pop. Breaking it up keeps the listener very involved, and shows how in tune (pun intended) as a band they are. Defiled feels to be a band that sounds a lot like their logo; they're tight, efficient, crisp, and definitely death metal. To further this aim, Infinite Regress sports some tight and intense artwork from scene legend Wes Benscoter. Season of Mist have put together a delightful, death metal treat.
Six full lengths in, Defiled continue to roll forth and slam skulls with their ripping tech death. Continuing their slate of rocking releases, Season of Mist has another winner on their hands. Opening 2020 with a bang, this collaboration is enough to blast out the winter cobwebs and get metalheads ready to do the spring stomp.Paul Casey