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Welcome! This is the second Behind The Lyrics article for our new album, Perpetuation.
This one is about the song “Spoils Of War”.
The idea behind these lyrics is simple: virtually all human civilizations currently existing on our planet were built upon the bones of other conquered cultures.
Being a Canadian who reads his history, I’m keenly aware that our prosperous little corner of the world was, just a few short centuries ago, the home of an entirely different culture. We largely killed them off, and cheated the ones we didn’t slaughter into unfair and demeaning situations.
But this is not a white guilt song. I’m not saying that we should be walking around crying all the time about the things our ancestors did. I do however think that we should admit them. If we claim to be moral people, then we have a responsibility to the descendants of the people who’s land our ancestors stole. It’s as simple as that.
To get specific, in Canada, the remnants of the aboriginal cultures that once flourished here are now largely living in third world settings within the heart of one of the richest countries on Earth. Suicide rates are high, hope is low, and the public eye is often far away from the crisis. Our government continues to spend on war planes and subsidize oil companies while entire communities slowly degrade.
This article sums it up well, and contains two videos that are very much worth watching:
The quick answer to these problems is often to throw money at communities for infrastructure, education and healthcare. While this is part of the solution, I strongly believe that at the core of the issue is reconciliation. We must admit what was done to these people, we must apologize, and we must strive to include them in our culture and society. We need to actually give a shit, rather than just sending some money so they’ll shut up.
I’ll admit that this issue is very vast and I can’t possibly cover everything here. One thing that I do think is important to know about as Canadians is the history of the Residential School System from the early 20th century. The goal was to “kill the Indian in the child” by taking kids out of their families and placing them in brainwashing schools to try and make them white, or just to ruin them as people. You don’t need to read very far to understand that the physical, sexual and psychological abuse dealt out in these schools has much to do with many of the social problems currently being passed down the generations in these communities.
Admittedly, this is a heavy topic. However, these lyrics were written as much out of love as anger. Some of the best Derelict gigs ever have been in First Nations communities, and we’d really love to see more of the passion and scene involvement we’ve found in those places integrated into the rest of the country. We’re stronger together.
Hails! We’re streaming a third new song from Perpetuation before the album officially comes out on April 20th. This one is called ‘Spoils Of War’. Rock it!
If you like all this new stuff we’ve been posting, you can pre-order the album here:
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