Thus Defiled are a band from the United Kingdom that has been around for more than 20 years and plays a very raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 compilation album "An Unhallowed Legacy" which will be released in June by Shadowflame Productions and contains 2000 and 2002 ep's "A Darker Beauty" and "Fire Serpent Dawn".
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the compilation along with some melodic guitar leads that are a very huge part of both recordings and after awhile grim black metal screams make their presence known in the music and the keyboards also gives the songs more of an atmospheric feeling and elements of doom metal can also be heard in some of the slower riffs.
When the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard and the songs start bringing in more of a raw feeling and at times the riffs can be very melodic and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are done in more of a melodic fashion and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and all of the songs are very long and epic in length.
When acoustic guitars are utilized they give the songs more of a dark atmosphere and some songs also bring in a small amount of death metal growls and as the compilation progresses the riffs start utilizing more tremolo picking and the way the songs where produced still sounds very powerful to this day and on the second ep the guitar leads and riffs start incorporating more traditional metal elements while some riffs start adding in more thrash influences while also keeping the raw aggression that was presented on the first recording.
Thus Defiled played a style of black metal on these recordings that where very atmospheric for their time while capturing the raw and melodic vibe of that era and also dding in a touch of death metal which makes the music stand out a bit more, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Demonology and Occultism themes.
In my opinion Thus Defiled are a very great sounding raw and melodic occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Eden Stands Aflame" and "Beyond The Seventh Circle Of Fire". 8 out of 10.