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Interview with Between The Horns

Big thanks to Jason Santerre for interviewing Eric for Between The Horns!

Read it here:

Don’t forget, Perpetuation is out now. Grab it on iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever else you like to buy music.


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‘Perpetuation’ Available Now

As you can probably see on the right there, the album is now officially released.

Some of our fans found a hidden purchase link and started buying copies early, so we figured, what the Hell, no point holding back!

So here it is, Perpetuation. A lot of blood and work and sacrifice went into this record, so we hope you like it.
You can grab it on Bandcamp at, as well as on iTunes and a bunch of other places.

It might also be fair to note that so far it has been reviewed by 13 press sources, and all the reactions were positive!

Thanks for your ongoing support, and see you soon in the pit!

-Eric and Derelict

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Technicality Vs. Songwriting, Part 1

Hi guys, Max here. I would like to start this blog off by wishing all of our friends and fans a happy new year. We in the Derelict camp are anticipating a very busy 2012 and we hope you guys stick along for the ride as it should be a lot of fun. As I’m writing this our new album “Perpetuation” has been mixed and mastered and we’re in the process of preparing for its release. Christian Donaldson from Garage Studios has done a fantastic job and the sound is killer. We cannot wait to launch it and we hope you guys enjoy the end result. We have worked very hard on this record and I believe this is our best work to date, which is a cliché line I know, but one I deliver with all honesty. We all have worked very hard on our respective instruments and are better musicians for it in my opinion.

Writing music is a tricky thing. Everyone has their own process and there is no one way to write a good song. As a guitar player I like to challenge myself technically. This includes the occasional grueling practice session, going over scales and all that business. This can sometimes be a boring process but it helps me play our songs properly. Any guitarist that strives to achieve a certain degree of technical skill has to go through some solid woodshedding sessions. I like to think of it as sharpening your axe before shredding away with it. However, all the technical skill in the world can’t guarantee that you’ll play anything interesting. Music, like most art, is about making you feel something. What drove you to listen to that band or want to learn to play an instrument? I can’t answer that definitively but the odds are it’s because it made you feel something.

I’ve been thinking very much lately about technicality versus good songwriting. As a musician, it can be easy to get carried away with technical skill while forgetting that sometimes a great riff is also a simple riff. The eternal struggle, at least to me, is to be able to balance both elements. One of my main influences is the band Death. Chuck Schuldiner really pushed death metal into a progressive and technical direction, but also managed to write some memorable songs. This was seminal to the band’s legacy in my opinion. Check out the song “The Philosopher” and you’ll find a perfect example of great and memorable songwriting intertwined with complex sections.

Within the context of Derelict our objective is to achieve a similar balance in our music. Everyone in the band likes to challenge themselves and push themselves further in their chosen instrument. Jordan often has to learn new techniques in order for some of the songs to work properly and Eric has worked very hard on his vocal technique and has widened his range in the process. In my case some of the most interesting challenges are to learn songs written by the other members, since it often forces me to widen my style. This is an opportunity I cherish. In fact, when I write music, I often have an idea, write out the tablature and then I layer the parts together. After that’s taken care of I sit down and actually learn how to play the song. This may be unconventional but I find it keeps my playing fresh and stops me from repeating patterns. The objective is always to write the best possible song I can. These songs often end up being pretty hard to play, but the song (hopefully) isn’t sacrificed in the end.

This is part 1 of the “Technicality vs. Songwriting” posts. I’ll have more for you guys soon enough. I’d love to hear some feedback on this so don’t hesitate to write to us with your thoughts on this if you want to.
- Max
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New Album Track Listing Revealed

Hey guys. News release:

Montreal technical death metal band Derelict has emerged from Christian Donaldson’s Studio Le Garage (Cryptopsy, Beneath the Massacre) to provide a final production update and reveal the new album’s track listing.

“This album was a lot of work!”, states vocalist Eric Burnet. “However, I think it’s paying off. We pushed ourselves to deliver the performances we wanted, and we have twelve brutal tunes to show for it.”

The track listing for Perpetuation is as follows:
1. Perpetuation
2. Spoils Of War
3. Expiry
4. Digital Birthright
5. Intricate Decay
6. Olympic
7. Ergogenic
8. Recreated
9. Yours To Surpass
10. Shackles Of Indoctrination
11. The Iridium Layer
12. Emergence

A short video of guitarist Max Lussier working on the intro to “Spoils Of War” can be seen here:

Derelict aims to release Perpetuation in early 2012.

In the meantime, to close off 2011, the band has issued a special holiday merch deal that includes their entire digital discography bundled with various merch items for as low as they can be offered. More info on Bandcamp:

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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.


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Eric Burnet – VocalsFacebook | Twitter
Jordan Perry – DrumsFacebook | Youtube
Max Lussier – GuitarFacebook | Twitter
Xavier Sperdouklis – Bass
Simon Cléroux – Guitar…Facebook

Sébastien Pittet - Fretless Bass (Perpetuation Studio)… Myspace

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