Released: 2010, Indie
Summer is a great time for discovering new music. This month I’d like to introduce our readers to seven newer bands from the province of Alberta, Canada. I’ve asked some local bands of different styles to participate and they all said yes. Western Canada is already well-known in the global scene with veteran bands like Three Inches of Blood, Into Eternity and Divinity and so now we introduce to a crop of promising young hopefuls from Alberta. Feel free to check out the other reviews in this series including Chron Goblin, Hellrazer, Kobra And The Lotus, Mares Of Thrace, Striker and The Unravelling.
Although a relatively new band this act is made of veterans of the local metal wars from over the years. Most notably founder and main-man Dean Boland was formerly in Random Damage and going way back to the 80’s, Vancouver’s Aragathor. The new album, JUDGEMENT DAY is likely the heaviest thing Dean and co. have done in years. Musically it is the most straight-forward of all the seven bands listed in our feature but that is by no means a bad thing. Derailed offer straight up Heavy Metal, no frills, just the goods. When a band chooses a path at times, crazy image, over-the-top performances, odd influences all come to bear on the final picture. However at times a band just simply puts themselves out onto the market and let people judge on the strength of the songs.
Accordingly, Derailed isn’t too flashy, no elaborate concept album, no operatic female vocals everywhere, no folk, viking, or pagan influences, no costumes…just Metal. It’s kinda refreshing actually! The band is still doing it all themselves and the packaging does show some budget limitations but it does have lyrics, pictures, liner notes etc, so the basics are in place. The production is nice and full, guitar tones are crisp, and the mix is OK. Good value at an hour spread across thirteen cuts.
After a brief intro, which soncially reminds of a train, hence the ‘derailed’, we are off at a good pace with a Maiden-esque guitar line that catchy and fun to listen to, which is technically (in my mind) another intro or at least a brief instrumental clocking in at 2 minutes…with some really great soloing.
Influences are some obvious touchstones, classic bands like Maiden, Priest and so on. Track three, the title track, is the first ‘proper’ song showcases the vocals of Johnie Sin. He is set a bit far back in the mix but he has a loud and powerful voice so it comes through quite well with some powerful screams. Drums and bass manage to keep pace, lots of guitars, it’s all good, driving, crunchy, metal. I could see fans of Dio, Metal Church, Flotsam And Jetsam, Vicious Rumors etc gravitating to this band and their competent, engaging metal song-writing. A fine debut from a bunch of veterans who experience shines through.