Hi! Eric here.
Well, we know we said the next show would be the album launch, but our good friends Endast (http://www.endastmusic.com) requested that we play their album fundraiser show this February 11th in Montreal.
It would have been dumb to say no, so come out and hear a few new tunes, and meet our new full lineup.
Here’s the Facebook event for the show:
Our new album, Perpetuation, is complete and currently being pressed. We’re preparing a ton of good stuff for the launch, so stay tuned, friends! Thanks for your support.
It’s hard to begin to explain how awesome this video makes us feel… one of our signature tunes, played in the most metal venue in our home town, with a pit of fans in front of us and the mighty Decapitated‘s banner behind us. Awesome!
Thanks to Montreal Metal Shows for shooting this!
and in case you missed the Polarized live vid that surfaced a few days ago from the same show, here it is:
Hey guys. Below is a blog update from Max about the Montreal metal scene.
Just a quick reminder, if you’re IN Montreal, tonight (Oct 26th), we’re playing at Foufs with Decapitated, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Decrepit Birth and Rings of Saturn:
The Montreal Effect
Very often in life we ask ourselves or others how we are influenced by our surroundings. This is true in many walks of life. Our surroundings affect how we dress, what music we listen to and many other things too numerous to list properly right now. As someone who writes music, in this case death metal music, I have to say that my surroundings have had a great impact on my playing and songwriting.
We in Derelict are very fortunate to call Montreal home. Montreal is a very lively and artistic city where you can attend some sort of artistic performance or live a nightlife experience pretty much any night of the week. It’s also a fairly unique city in that the French and English languages live in relative harmony. What is also true about Montreal is that it has a world-class metal scene.
When I was a young teenager and discovering the heavier arts, some of the bands I stumbled upon after the Big 4 were Iced Earth, Opeth, Death, Arch Enemy and Deicide. I was off to a good start when I saw someone mention Cryptopsy in a magazine(that’s right, metal sites were not as common back then). My friend Pat and I first listened to the song “White Worms”. I couldn’t believe that this type of brutal music even existed, let alone that the band was from my hometown! After that life-changing event it didn’t take long for me to realize just how much of a brutal bastion of metal this city really was.
Years later it’s very easy for me to cite a bunch of local bands who have had a tremendous influence on me and other members of Derelict past and present. I don’t know if it’s because of Voivod, but Quebec metal bands, many of which are from Montreal, often seem to have either a technical, progressive or off kilter approach that give it a distinctive sound. Some bands, like Gorguts, even venture into the avant-garde category, literally reinventing how they played their guitars as they went along. This alongside other influences from the United States and Europe have now made Montreal a more diversified metal juggernaut, with famous bands like The Agonist, Blackguard, Beneath the Massacre and the recently defunct Despised Icon all making waves in their respective styles. While that is happening you have bands like Neuraxis, Unexpect, Martyr, Augury that keep pushing their own boundaries. The underground is also kicking it pretty hard with bands like Beyond Creation, Endast, First Fragment, Self-Collapse, Impalement, The Unconscious Mind and many more playing local shows seemingly every week.
The speed, relentlessness and jarring musical direction this city harnesses has resonated in Derelict as well. The eerie tones and chaotic rhythms of our brethren and metal forefathers seem to creep through our songs (or at least some of the ones I write). We are often told that we have the “Montreal” sound. I for one embrace it and am very proud of the strong metal tradition of my hometown. Vive le métal!
Howdy friends! Eric here for your weekly Derelict update.
Max, Collin and I are still neck-deep in guitar tracking, but things are coming along quite well.
Check out this quick teaser vid of Max recording the harmonized taps at the beginning of ‘Spoils Of War’:
On Saturday we had the pleasure of practicing with Maxime Chevalier, our session bass player for our upcoming gigs in Montreal, Brantford, and North Bay later this month.
Maxime plays in Montreal tech-death band Self Collapse, so definitely check them out, they’re on the rise!
Lastly, on Saturday Max and I also participated in Occupy Montreal.
I won’t get all preachy here, but if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can find the Occupy movement online here: http://www.occupytogether.org/
There are events happening in most major cities around the world, so if this strikes a chord with you, join us!
Thanks for following Derelict! \m/
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.
Sébastien Pittet - Fretless Bass (Perpetuation Studio)… Myspace