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YEAR FORMED: 1999
HOME TOWN: Helsingborg, Sweden
Mattias Andersen - Bass
Klas Ideberg - Guitar
Mattias Svensson - Guitar
Jens Broman - Vocals
Henrik Pommer - Drums
The Defaced was born in late 1999 after the members had broken off with their pasts in different local acts. The line-up proved to be molded out of hardest steel in both musicianship and friendship. Henrik Sjowall, Mattias Svensson, Klas Ideberg (Darkane / Terror 2000), Jorgen Lofberg (Darkane) and Henry Ranta (Soilwork) started writing material for the purpose of recording a demo to be sent to labels. When several songs were ready the band hit the studio to lay down four tracks. The result turned out very well indeed which was proven with the fact that the demo was sent to only one label (Scarlet) that immediately signed the band. The Defaced started writing and preparing for the recording of a debut album, which was recorded in February 2001 in Hit-Parade studios in Orkelljunga, Sweden.
The album, “Domination Commence”, was released in September the same year in Europe and Japan, and in February 2002 in the American territories, by Nuclear Blast America. “Domination Commence” rounded up tons of great reviews and the bands reputation started to grow. Live gigs were hailed, both domestically and internationally which strengthened the reputation even further.
In August of 2002 The Defaced was once again ready to hit the studio, this time for the recording of the second album. Many things had changed for the band, in the musical expression as well as in the sound. It was evident, even at pre-production, that the new material was going bring the bands sound and material up not just a notch, but miles above the first album. The recording sessions this time around were to take place in Queenstreet Recording and in Not quite studio.
In October of 2002 the album was finished. With fat production, strong melodies, creativity, originality and skill: The result totally speaks for itself! The album was given the title “Karma in Black” and a video was shot for the track Once in Between.
In 2004 Lofberg left the band and was replaced by Mattias Andersen. With his dynamic base playing he created the perfect complement to The Defaced’s sound. New songs were already finished and the band entered the Studio in 2005 to record a third album. The new record was recorded in Ceasar Studio (ex Queenstreet recordings) and Palace of Noise studio and was mixed by Klas Ideberg in Sensus Studios in Helsingborg.
In 2005 Henrik Sjowall and Henry Ranta left the band to concentrate on their private lives. Sjowall was replaced by Jens Broman and the drum chair was filled by Henrik Pommer. New members mean new blood and a new start for a second chapter of The Defaced. The band decided to re-record the vocals for the new album since Broman brought a more aggressive sound to the vocals than before and added more melodic influences.
The title of the album is set to “Anomaly” and the search for a new label home can commence…
The Defaced… stronger than ever…