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2012 Best-Of Lists
Happy new year metalfreaks.
We are extremely proud to announce that our 2012 album, Perpetuation, was included in several Top 10 (or whatever number) lists for the year. We may have missed some, so if you know of more, drop us a line. HUGE thanks to all these publications and to all of you for helping spread our music.
Top 5 Albums
Why five? I find that ten is too many, too permissive. I would be very pleased to hear any of these five at almost any time, any place.
Gorod – A Perfect Absolution
I know Gorod have been around for a while, but I had not checked them out before this album. Tech death done right, with just enough innovation to be fresh, enough outside influences to be diverse and enough form to fit right in. Masterful stuff.
The Faceless – Autotheism
I very much enjoy it when bands progress and change for non-commercial purposes. These guys take a long time between albums, but always come back with great new ideas and developments. Some have complained about the abundance of clean vocals on this album, but I’m more than down. I also really dig the message.
Cryptopsy – Cryptopsy
One of my original major influences and hometown heroes, back with a vengeance. Fantastic songwriting, technical displays and production. We got to play with them live for the first time, which was really cool. All hail the unspoken kings.
Woods Of Ypres – Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Lights
This album has had a profound effect on me. David Gold’s reputation led me to check out WOY between 4 and 5, and I became an instant fan. The music and lyrics on this release are extremely powerful and speak to the nature of depression and sadness like nothing I’ve heard before. Very sad that Gold has left this world. Hopefully others feeling pain similar to his will find light in his music.
Revocation – Teratogenesis EP
What can I say besides: Revo are masters, and this may be their best work to date. Short and sweet, this EP is hugely heavy but very musical. Excellent metal.
Derelict – Perpetuation
Yeah, I’m a whore. But you know what? I’m really damn proud of this album. Suck it.
Listen to it right there ===>>>
Cattle Decapitation – Monolith Of Inhumanity
This is a great death metal / grindcore record. The reason it’s not in my Top 5 is that it overwhelms me after a while, and I can’t listen to it too often. Travis’ vocals are off the charts. To be studied.
Arkaik – Metamorphignition
A great tech death record. Doesn’t top Gorod, but is very original and I spin it often.
Odium – Burning The Bridges To Nowhere
My good friends have released their sophomore full-length. It’s awesome. So is their debut, At The Bottom. They combine heavy groove-based metal with melody and progressiveness. They don’t fit into any one scene or trend, which is great and refreshing.
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
Another new discovery of an established band. Man, such total destruction. They came to Montreal for the first time ever and I was there. Raw, sublimely aggressive and pretty damn original.
Hailing from Montreal, Derelict mixes the brutal and technical elements of the Quebec metal scene with listenable structures and melody, resulting in an unforgiving yet accessible package. The band’s trademark sound has led to comparisons with the likes of Death, Strapping Young Lad, Obscura and The Black Dahlia Murder.
In 2009, the release of the Unspoken Words album through Year of the Sun Records marked a kickoff point for Derelict with several national tours, increased media exposure, and greater critical acclaim. The band’s 2012 followup release, Perpetuation was once again mixed and mastered by Chris Donaldson of Cryptopsy and contains 12 furious tracks that showcase an upgraded version of what Derelict fans have come to love. This new crushing-yet-memorable opus led the band to be nominated for “Metal Artist Of The Year” at the 2013 Canadian Independent Music Awards alongside Devin Townsend and Bison BC, as well as to secure international distribution through Maple Metal Records.
“This album was long in the making, and saw the band through some intense challenges,” says vocalist Eric Burnet. “We survived our trials and came back much stronger. Perpetuation is streamlined Derelict: it has fast tempos and brutal riffs, but lots of melody and catchiness too. We all pushed ourselves to expand what we could do with our instruments, and we got Sébastien Pittet (ex-Augury) playing fretless bass on it too!”
With the help of constant touring within Canada, and support for international acts such as Decapitated, Cryptopsy, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Decrepit Birth, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel, The Agonist, Revocation and Threat Signal, the band continues to spread its socio-political message of self-empowerment, freedom and peace to a mass of receptive fans.