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The Defaced is a veteran Swedish metal quintet comprised of two members from Darkthrone whose 11-track endeavor ANOMALY is anything but out of the ordinary, as much of this disc’s output could be interchangeable with material of countless bands from their genre (Soilwork, In Flames) without anyone really noticing. Displaying the knack to create anthemic metalcore choruses (“Renewal Defined”) with a fair share of sonic crush within its midst (“Blood of Emeralds”), The Defaced follow the Euro metal formula too faithfully to be considered original, yet does a decent job of recreating the modern metallic paradigm pioneered by their peers (“Circle VIII”).
- Mike SOS