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Derelict Confirm 5-Piece Lineup, Release New Guitar Footage
Freshly returned from their Eastern Emergence Tour of the Canadian Maritimes, Montreal tech death shredders Derelict are pleased to confirm the addition of guitarist Simon Cléroux (The Unconscious Mind) and bassist Xavier Sperdouklis (ex-Vengeful) to their permanent lineup.
“Simon and Xav have been with us since we released Perpetuation in April,” comments Derelict vocalist Eric Burnet. “They have proven themselves to be hard-working musicians, as well as a lot of fun on the road! They both put a huge amount of work into learning our songs, and they’re already both contributing to writing new material. We’re looking forward to the next album being even more collaborative than Perpetuation.”
Technical skill, to me anyways, is but a tool used to achieve greater means. I find technical music simply for the sake of technicality doesn’t do much for me. I obviously like technical music. I mean, I play in a tech death band. I do believe that there are moments when a technical section can really add punch to a song, but there needs to be a song there to begin with. Being able to mix technical proficiency with good songwriting is an art in itself. It’s a delicate balance that’s very hard to achieve, but that’s totally worth it.
I can remember to this day watching Metallica play a live set on TV during Woodstock ’99. They played “Wherever I May Roam,”, “Seek and Destroy” as well as “Enter Sandman”. I knew I wanted to play guitar. Just like that, the seed was planted. Something about those tunes made me feel something awesome. Not only was the songwriting great, but at the time my young ears had never heard guitar solos like the ones Kirk Hammett was busting out then and there. I knew heavy metal was going to be my calling. Years later my tastes have changed drastically but that drive still remains. Music, and in this specific case Metal music, makes me feel a wave of energy that I just surrender myself to. Whether it be the cool focus of Cynic’s “How Could I?”, the pure and unaltered rage spewing from Devin Townsend in Strapping Young Lad’s “Shitstorm” or the progressive melodies and grooves of Symphony-X’s opus “The Divine Wings of Tragedy”, there is an emotion that comes to the surface to breathe life into your sonic pallet. Other artists I would recommend who mixed dizzying energy with incredible complexity are Charles Mingus, The Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as Frank Zappa.
I’d like to take a moment to mention technical death metal here. After all, we in Derelict consider ourselves to be a technical death metal band. I told you guys a bit about my personal songwriting process last week but I’d like to take a moment to talk about the genre here for a moment. Let’s take a look at Suffocation, one of death metal’s most legendary and truly brutal bands as well as one of my favorite death metal acts. Suffocation definitely fit the technical category, but not in a flashy way. Suffocation pummels your eardrums relentlessly until you literally feel the crushing weight of those riffs smothering you and making it hard to breathe. On top of that Frank Mullen sounds like a savage who will kill your face. I find they chose their name really well. That sound would not be achieved without the speed and generally technical aspect of the riff writing. This is a good example of technical song arrangements. Listen to “Liege of Inveracity” or “Pierced From Within” to get a good idea of their staple sound.
Martyr, from Trois-Rivières, Québec are one of my favorite bands, period. Daniel Mongrain, who also plays in legendary Quebec band Voivod, just might be my favorite metal guitarist. The man is a true world class player who happens to be a huge metalhead. Mongrain has a jazz background and plays session all around the province. Martyr are one of the most technical bands you will ever hear. Not only are they extremely impressive to watch, but they are a joy to hear as well. One of my favorite songs of theirs is “Virtual Emotions” where they deconstruct chord voicings in a technical frenzy of epic proportions. Here is a band who can appeal to musicians and non-musicians alike and do so rather well. Derelict got to open for Martyr two years ago and I was truly grateful to be able to talk to Dan about songwriting and metal in general. I’ll never forget that day. The man really is one of my idols.
Technical metal is getting very popular these days. It’s in the nature of musicians to try to push their limits and try to create new sounds and new techniques on their instruments. I think technical music is important. I think it’s important to try new things and to try to improve as a player, because if anything you end up learning something new, which can only lead to good things. Experimenting is a crucial element of art. Experimenting with new techniques is an integral part of the constant evolution of art, and technical death metal has definitely contributed to that evolution.
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.