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. Eric here. I recently started posting quick blurbs explaining what certain Derelict song lyrics are about, via my personal Facebook page. I’m going to re-post them via this blog as well, with more details.
This song, as you know if you watched the official music video or have read the album liner notes, is about genocide. The chorus is probably the most violent thing I’ve ever written, but it wasn’t dreamed up for shock value. I got the idea for the lyrics after watching Un Dimanche À Kigali, a film about the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
During this atrocity, at least 500,000 were killed, largely using household implements or farming tools like machetes. The killings were carried out partly by organized groups, but also by everyday people. The massacre was the result of long-standing tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. Read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_genocide
Other notable films that have been made about this genocide include Shake Hands With The Devil and Sometimes In April.
‘Machete’ also brings up some other historic genocides, and I try to illustrate the fact that political machinations often have a lot to do with how a conflict is named, viewed and carried out. For example, the current war in Iraq which started in 2003 has by some estimates resulted in over 1,000,000 deaths. There are many different ways to look at this issue, and the song is meant to encourage people to think about these things and not just necessarily listen to the mainstream media and governments when seeking to understand what’s going on.
A proviso for genocide
A tribunal built upon lies
In the clause the kings will remain free
To exterminate us as they please
Cut off their arms machete
Cut off their legs
Hack off their genitals and hang them up to bleed to death
Until I cleanse this gene pool
I will not rest
I’ll rid the Earth of every humanoid insect
A convention to appease us
Blind we believe in true justice
“The Holocaust shall not be relived”
Except by those foreigner pigs
Arm the Serbs
Gas the Kurds
Faith in our nations will lead us astray
Promotion of virtue keeps treason at bay
We sigh as the veil falls over our eyes
Safe in our innocent ignorant lives
Bomb the Japs
Starve the Blacks
The carnage is dormant
Biding ‘til harvest
Awaiting the time
To purify through death
Our songs ‘Machete’ and ‘Summoning the Firestorm’ and are now available for free download on our Bandcamp page. Grab some metal!
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