Deified are a 5 piece band from Merseyside that formed at the back end of 2013 and didn’t take any time in making their mark on the UK scene in 2015 they won the Merseyside Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition and now we have the pleasure of experiencing this 8 track EP that takes on subjects ranging from social media, mental health and politics, along with plenty more.
As the prelude opens the EP we are welcomed with the sounds of a Sci-Fi score, before the drums take over and some soft guitars are heard before ‘Dark Desires’ really welcomes us to the party with its heavy riff creating a groove that the drums then build on and we also have the joys of the very integral Bass, which is always a winner in my eyes. The structure and sound of the song are similar to that of Lamb of God and is very engaging with its speaking parts that are mixed in with the aggression and brutal music and vocal.
As the EP continues this mixture of speech to ensure that the message is well and truly shared whilst the passions and the frustrations are taken out when the pace picks up and the riffs begin to take over with the groove and the drums that take a good beating and that bass that really does provide the platform for everything else.
Deified clearly have their message that they want to share and express and that message is definitely broadcast, however, they do not do this at the sacrifice of the music, a mistake that some bands in the past have made.
There is no doubt in my mind that if the live show matches the energy and passion that has clearly been put into this EP, there is going to be a lot of action in the pit (when social distancing is something of the past) and id like to be part of that at some point some.
Anthrobscene is high intensity and punishing audible experience that may leave you with a few things to think about, however, one thing you won’t need to think about, is whether to press play again, as you will have already selected repeat as you will want to listen to this solid slab of aggression over and over again.
Anthrobscene is released Friday May 29th 2020.
2. Dark Desires
3. Broken Matrix
4. Enemies Within
6. Apotheosis – Rebirth
7. Blood Under The Bridge
8. An Ode to Armageddon
Jamie Hughes – Vocals
Matt Pike – Guitar
Alistair Blackhall – Guitar
Tom Simm – Bass
Jordan-Stanley Jones – Drums