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Interviews : “Once that intro music goes on, something changes inside…” – an interview with The Defiled

By on August 19, 2013

A few days ago, British industrial band Defiled released their second studio album Daggers; a fan-funded album born through PledgeMusic, and their first on Nuclear Blast Records. With the album now out in the world, we asked programmer/keyboardist The A.v.D a few questions.


Hi there guys! My name is Sam, I’m from Australia. Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.

No problem man, any time!

For those that aren’t familiar with your music, would you mind describing your sound? Who are some of your influences?

Our music is a mixture of what we have grown up loving and listening to. We never write any music with any preconceptions of what we want to achieve, we just get in the studio and what you hear is what comes out naturally.

How did the band get together?

The history of the band is pretty short and sweet. We all moved to London with a common goal; to realise the dream we have always had which is playing the music we love all over the world. We have done everything our selves and no one has ever done us any favours, from releasing our first album our selves to booking our own tours and playing every corner of the UK.


You have had a very intense approach to touring since you began. How do you all manage to keep up such a busy schedule and still manage to give such energetic performances?

When you’re on the road so long you have to take each day as it comes, one can’t think of the big picture or you’ll lose you’re mind! We have been on the road for a few months now and I’m actually talking to you on a 12 hour drive from Iowa to Colorado. Some days you feel good, some days you need your space… all sorts of intense things happen on the road but it fills up ones life and makes you a better person. As for the shows once that intro music goes on, something changes inside and “it’s on!” We love our music and we love playing our music and I think that comes through when we play live!

What are some of your fondest touring memories?

I just love travelling the world with my buddies, sight seeing, getting in trouble. Oh, and we get to play a show every night! I could not put it down to one or two things really I just love it.

What is the group dynamic like in the recording studio? Do you go in with everything already written or do you work it out as you go along?

We write everything before hand, Stitch comes to my house and we just get it done. We are used to working on things ’til they are ready to be released so we just set our self a goal for the day and get it done. We re jigged a few things wile recording in Florida but nothing drastic.

How has your song writing changed with your new album, Daggers?

The process was exactly the same but our goals where different. We wanted to make a more to the point record with good production. Grave Times has more drawn out songs with big intros, outros, middle bits… we wanted this album to be a slap in the face

I’ve read that you take inspiration for lyrics from a lot of different sources, what particularly inspired you for the new album?

Life. The lyrics on daggers reflect our experiences during the year in witch we wrote it. I was reading a lot of philosophy that year too, so I think all that snuck in there.

How did your deal with Nuclear Blast come about?

Working with the likes of Mark Palmer and Monte Connor that brought us some of the biggest metal bands growing up when they where working at Roadrunner is like a dream come true. When we finished recording Daggers they where working at Nuclear Blast. We were talking to a few labels at the time but they seemed to get what we where all about more than anyone so we jumped at the opportunity to work with them!

Finally, how long until we can expect to see you in Australia?

I’m going to go ahead and say 2014, it has to be! I for one can’t wait!!!

Thanks a lot guys! If you have anything else you would like to add please go ahead. Congratulations on all your success so far and I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

Thank you so much! Just, thanks to who ever has supported our band in the past and has made our dreams come true!