Thus Defiled to release A Return To The Shadows:
May 09, 2017
A year ago we welcomed the archdemons of British black metal, Thus Defiled, to the Imperative roster, for the promotion of their An Unhallowed Legacy release. Now, without word of warning, they have returned, bringing with them a new EP to celebrate their 25 year anniversary – A Return To The Shadows. Featuring one previously unheard original track and four vicious cover versions of tracks that the band hold dear, this is a five track release of breathtaking savagery and demonic fury.
Two special guests have contributed their talents to the recordings; first, Donn Donni (ex-Vesperian Sorrow) adds his wicked backing vocals to the heaviest version of Metallica’s ‘Creeping Death’ you will ever hear. Then, Mike Browning (Nocturnus, ex-Morbid Angel) takes over vocal duties and lends his caustic presence to a brutal recreation of Morbid Angel’s classic ‘Demon Seed’.
Speaking about this release, frontman Paul C commented “25 years in. Where did the time go? This recording has been in the pipeline for a while, but now with the band turning 25 it seemed the right time to finally drag it out into the light. When we flew to Texas to record this EP, once again re-uniting the band with Daemonspawn producer Tim Bartlett at Noise Farm Studio, we had one new track written and had decided to cover a few songs that made a huge impression on us as kids. The only rule: no black metal covers! So, over many beers, many suggestions and many arguments we ended up with this varied selection of metal classics: Death – Evil Dead, Metallica – Creeping Death, Morbid Angel – Demon Seed and W.A.S.P. – Hellion. An eclectic mix from different corners of the ‘80s, all given a Thus Defiled interpretation. You can never improve on an original, only pay tribute. And this is ours.”
In mysteriously charitable mood Thus Defiled are offering their latest evil offspring as a free download from their website, asking only that fans, if they are able, give a donation to the Chuck Schuldiner approved musicians’ charity, Sweet Relief.
Having left this offering of pure darkness in our hands Thus Defiled have vanished once more into the shadow realms. Will they ever pass this way again? We can only hope and give thanks for A Return To The Shadows…and a quarter of a century of blazing British black metal!
1 – Armagedda In Rapture
2 – Evil Dead (Death)
3 – Creeping Death (Metallica)
4 – Demon Seed (Morbid Angel)
5 – Hellion (W.A.S.P.)