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Released: 2012, Independent
Much like certain bands in its sister/opposite genre of black metal, there is a subset of death metal musicians whom continually try to push the envelope of extremity; black metal often by incorporating seemingly disparate, sometimes non-metal genres. Death metal usually goes the other way and expands its heights of technicality and brutality, although jazz often rears its ugly head in the music as well. I mention this to try and get you into the right headspace for Montreal, Quebec’s Derelict, an independent progressive death metal band. PERPETUATION is the band’s third album.
Much like another independent death metal band I’ve reviewed this month (Isolation In Infamy), Derelict go straight for the throat with vicious, technical songs that seem spawned from a never ending supply of complex riffs. So yes, the songs are dense riff assaults with angry growled vocals and mind-melting solos; but the band rarely goes overboard into the place where listening to the album becomes more like music class than a heavy metal head bang. Still, over the course of twelve songs, the concept does start to become a bit tiresome.
Special mention goes to the bands well thought out lyrics which seem to have more in common with the CNN-metal of late ‘80s thrash than say, Cannibal Corpse. Check out this passage from “Intricate Decay”:
“In an ocean of fiscal corruption, all implication is morally bankrupt”.
I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever heard the word “fiscal” in a death metal song. Joking aside, these guys are obviously quite in tune with world events, so good on them for making an effort to make their lyrics more than the typical blood and gore escapism.
PERPETUATION is a damn good death metal release – musically there is no good reason why these guys aren’t signed to a label. If progressive or technical death metal is your thing, Derelict are highly recommended.
2. Spoils of War
4. Digital Birthright
5. Intricate Decay
9. Yours to Surpass
10. Shackles of Indoctrination
11. The Iridium Layer
Eric Burnet: Vocals
Max Lussier: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Sebastien Pittet: Bass
Jordan Perry: Drums
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