The Defiled announce split saying their continuation has become ‘untenable’

The Defiled 2015

Industrial metal band The Defiled have announced that they are to split up.

In a statement via the band’s Facebook page, they say that their continuance has become “…logistcally (financially) untenable.”

The full statement reads:

“It is with heavy, blackened hearts, that we inform you that the time has come to lay The Defiled to rest. There is no drama or fallouts, but we have been forced to face the reality that the love of what we do is not enough to keep our black ship sailing; the continuation of The Defiled has become logistically (financially) untenable.

Thank you – you, our fans, have given us a life experience that we could have never dreamed of. From a grotty flat in north London, you have enabled us to reach places we’d previously only read or heard about, allowed us to grace stages all over the world, cheered for us at some of the worlds most prestigious festivals and granted us the opportunity to perform alongside some of our heroes. And we are in the Guinness Book Of World Records – WTF??!!

Seeing you singing our words back to us, hearing your stories on how our music has affected you, watching you lose your shit to the heavy bits and seeing the spontaneous outpouring of love when some of you linked arms and made a “circle of love” at our last London show has moved us in ways that are impossible to articulate, but just know; we love you for it.

This means we are forced to cancel our scheduled shows with In This Moment in May as well as the headline shows planned. We hate to let you down a second time in just a few months, but unfortunately this is unavoidable.
We know this is not good enough, and all of us deserve a proper send off for The Defiled. We are currently working out how to record some final songs for you, and if we can do a farewell tour before our Final Sleep.

Until then…

The Defiled
1888 – 2016.”

The Defiled were forced to cancel and then reschedule a series of tour dates supporting In This Moment earlier in the year owing to health issues on the part of In This Moment band members. It resulted in the rescheduling of a series of The Defiled’s own headline tour dates, too.

The Defiled were entered into the Guinness Book Of World Records after becoming the first band ever to play a gig on an iceberg in 2014.

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The Defiled announce 2016 UK headline tour

The Defiled 2015

The Defiled have announced a headline tour of the UK for early 2016.

The band will play nine shows as part of their Running In Circles tour with Forever Never and Vampires Everywhere in support.

Says The Defiled’s keyboard player The AvD: “When we announced we would be special guests to In This Moment, a load of you got in touch asking for headline shows. We’ve managed to work a few out. We’ll be playing some songs we’ve never played live before, a couple of cheeky covers and at least one new song for you guys.”

Tickets for the headline shows are on sale now via The Defiled’s website.

The Defiled will play:

Jan 21st: London The Forum (supporting In This Moment)
Jan 22nd: Birmingham The Institute (supporting In This Moment)
Jan 23rd: Glasgow Barrowlands (supporting In This Moment)
Jan 24th: Manchester The Ritz (supporting In This Moment)
Jan 26th: Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Jan 27th: Oxford, The Bullingdon
Jan 28th: Norwich, Waterfont Studio
Jan 29th: York, The Duchess
Jan 30th: Sheffield, Corporation
Jan 31st: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Feb 02nd: Newcastle, Think Tank
Feb 03rd: Chester, Live Rooms
Feb 04th: Swansea, The Scene

Defiled tour poster 2016

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The Defiled join Coal Chamber for UK tour

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The Defiled have revealed that they will join Coal Chamber on their upcoming UK tour.

The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that American Head Charge have had to pull out of the tour for personal reasons. Additional support for the dates will come from special guests Soil, and opening band Dope.

“We’re stoked to announce we are going to be joining our friends in Coal Chamber and Soil again,” says The Defiled frontman Stitch D. “It’s been a long time since we’ve played with these guys so we can’t wait. The 17 year old me is well chuffed!”

The Defiled have recently been holed up in Studio 606 in LA recording their new album. The studio is owned by Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl and is home to the legendary Neve mixing desk that was the subject of Grohl’s acclaimed documentary film Sound City: Reel to Real.

Says Stich of the recording sessions: “Getting to record at 606 has been such an insane experience. My two favorite bands of all time are Foo Fighters and Nirvana, so being able to record at Dave Grohl’s place – not only surrounded by all the guitars, drums and memorabilia that I grew up watching on TV and looking at in magazines, but to record on the famous Sound City desk which the greatest albums of all time have been recorded on – is utterly incredible. The sound from the desk is truly like no other.

“I actually used to have a picture on my wall in my bedroom when I was 13 of Kurt’s smashed guitar on the desk from when Nirvana were recording Nevermind…crazy how some things turn out.”

Coal Chamber, Soil, The Defiled and Dope will play:

20th May: Leeds / Stylus
21st May: Norwich / THE LCR
22nd May: Warwick / Copper Rooms
23rd May: Notthingham / Rock City
24th May: Glasgow / ABC
26th May: Bristol / Motion
27th May: Exeter / Lemon Grove
28th May: Brighton / Concorde 2
29th May: Wolverhampton / Wulfrun
30th May: Manchester / The Ritz
31st May: London / Koko

Tickets are available now from KiliLive.

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Watch! The Defiled release video for “Five Minutes”

The Defiled Greenland

The Defiled have released a video for a new version of their song “Five Minutes.”

The track originally appeared on their album, Daggers, in an acoustic version. The clip combines footage of the band’s recent trip to Greenland as well as of fans paying tribute to lost loved ones.

Says The AVD, keyboard player in the band: “Five Minutes is probably our most emotional song, and the one most personal to me. We didn’t originally plan to film a video for this, but when we were out in Greenland we had the opportunity to film the performance part. Despite the breathtaking beauty of our surroundings, that wasn’t enough to really convey the deep emotions of this song, so as a song that deals with loss, we asked our fans to share their stories with us, and offered them the chance to pay tribute to their lost loved ones. The feedback was overwhelming – in more ways than one – and you couldn’t help but be touched reading all the stories the ‘defilers’ shared with us.

“The day of filming was an emotional rollercoaster – bittersweet. So much sadness in the air, but also therapeutic at the same time. I think everyone there felt the same. It’s easy to look at people like us – metalheads, goths, whatever you want to call us – and think we are morbid people obsessed with death, that death is something we welcome, but just ‘cos we wear black it doesn’t make us immune to grief. The pain one feels when losing someone close is universal, and something no one is exempt from.

“I want to thank all of the defilers who came along to take part in this. You are all beautiful, brave and have helped us make our best video yet – thank you.”

You can watch the video for “Five Minutes” below:

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Watch! The Defiled are first band to play gig on an iceberg

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Fresh from a couple of late summer gigs, and ahead of a headline tour kicking off in November, UK metal band The Defiled have become the first ever to play a gig on an iceberg.

“I’ve never been surrounded by the prospect of death so much!” says The AvD, Defiled synth stroker. “You can fall in the sea, get hit by some ice, pass out, get eaten by a polar bear, an iceberg cuts your boat in half… Every step of the way our guide had something to say about how we might die at any minute! But they’re such hardy people, everyone has a story about nearly losing their lives, or know someone who lost their life over there.”

Jägermeister approached Tom McShane, a former Marine who works for expedition team Secret Compass, to ask if they could put The Defiled on an iceberg. The answer was, with more than a little trepidation, yes.

“It is an inherently risky concept, it can’t be taken lightly,” says Tom. “There’s a huge amount of planning and resources that go into making this happen. The band were brilliant, they were really up for it. There was a bit of apprehension, it is a dangerous thing we were undertaking, if anything went wrong there could be very severe consequences, but we mitigated the risks as much as possible.”

Continues The AvD: “We’re the first band to play a gig on an iceberg, no-one can take that away from us! Playing the gig was mental. Who does that?! We kept looking at each other going ‘What the hell?!’ I’ve never played a gig in a life preserver and wetsuit before! It’s such a beautiful place but such a mental experience, we got to do things that not many people get to do. I feel blessed, I can’t use any other word really.”

“It’s harder playing a sweaty pub on a tiny stage!” he concludes. “That’s how we started, so a nice big iceberg is a step up from that!”

You can watch a mini-documentary about The Defiled’s glacial experience below:

The Defiled will play:

November
24th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
25th Glasgow Cathouse
26th Stoke Sugarmill
27th London O2 Academy Islington
28th Brighton Audio
29th Leeds Cockpit

December
1st Manchester Academy 3
2nd Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
3rd Bristol Thekla
4th Southampton Talking Heads

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