Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review: Derelict - Perpetuation

Derelict are another Montreal based band that will be playing at Hellfest Lanaudière this year and are part of my Hellfest review queue. Perpetuation is their third full-length release to date, and while they refer to themselves as technical death metal the band are very progressive with their style. Their previous two releases, Ideological Prey and Unspoken Words, both were different from each other and Derelict have provided a unique and new experience, revamping themselves in numerous creative ways throughout each release. Does Perpetuation take fans and listeners on a new journey, and if so what lies in wait? 

Genre: Technical Death Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: April 20th, 2012
  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
Total Playtime: 43 minutes, 32 seconds

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Rating: 8.5/10







Derelict are another Montreal based band that will be playing at Hellfest Lanaudière this year and are part of my Hellfest review queue. Perpetuation is their third full-length release to date, and while they refer to themselves as technical death metal the band are very progressive with their style. Their previous two releases, Ideological Prey and Unspoken Words, both were different from each other and Derelict have provided a unique and new experience, revamping themselves in numerous creative ways throughout each release. Does Perpetuation take fans and listeners on a new journey, and if so what lies in wait?

Consistent change has paid off for Derelict, and what awaits in Perpetuation is a crushing onslaught of instrumental velocious technicality and politically intelligent lyrics given birth through deep death metal growling. The quality of this release is grade A, helping to deliver an unpolluted atmosphere where the rapid intensity present can thrive unhindered. The mixing is also really active when it comes to the bass track as it never sits still for very long, constantly being pulled forward at intricate moments and pushed backward again to lay underneath the frantic guitars; providing them with a deep, stable foundation. Another worth while mention about the mixing on this album is that it keeps the listeners' attention by using creative tricks of the trade, such as having the guitar track trade from the left speaker to the right and back during some picking segments, and on "Digital Birthright" there is a section where the guitar sits in the left speaker while the bass sits in the right. This all helps add up to a very unique, mind blowing experience.

The song structures are sophisticated and expansive, flurries of tremolo picking fill the sound waves and transfer harmoniously into power chord riffs. The guitars have a very distinct tone that gives them a twangy vibe through lightning fast, low fret progressions. However, when it comes time for an intense solo the guitar trades in that deep, distorted tone for a cleaner one which accents the tidy high fret picks,taps and pinch harmonics. Overall, this guitar composure throughout Perpetuation takes the sound from one extreme to another in a split second.

The vocals are consistently energetic and powerful, never faltering or showing any signs of weakness. There aren't any gutterals here, but there is a good mid-range of death metal growls and gruffness. Lyrically there is an obvious distaste for corrupt government that urges humanity to gain their full potential and overthrow authority but it isn't done in a directly negative manner. Instead, the lyrics are thought provoking, deep and intelligent. There also aren't any hook-in-cheek choruses or verses present, nor are there any multiple overlays of vocal tracks, just one powerhouse throughout the entirety of Perpetuation.

The bass is just as fluid and melodic as the guitar, and often the bass track fights its way to the front of the mix to add some sweet bass licks which compliment the guitar composure exceptionally by being an underlying backing force. "Digital Birthright", "Perpetuation" and "Yours to Surpass" are some tracks that shine the spotlight on the bass more often than not and are some of the heaviest songs present within the content on this third full-length installment.

Last but not least, the tight accelerated drumming ties everything together and adds an even heavier weight than the bass provides, but the two work together thunderously. The background is often filled with various blast beats and double bass madness that slams the listeners' ear drums time and time again. There aren't a whole lot of drum rolls here or other unwelcome fillers, which leaves room for nothing but impressionable experience that constantly evolves and never sticks to one set pattern for too long before changing it up.

Derelict have gone above and beyond to provide an immersible, one of a kind experience that pushes their own boundaries and technical prowess. Everything here sounds great, the guitars, drums, bass and vocals all have their highlights which don't come plagued by any shadows. There could be a bit more diversity within the tremolo picking, but other than that Perpetuation is a credible release that offers a genuinely authentic experience with a sound much its own. Highly recommended for those in need of a fresh technical death metal experience, be sure to catch these guys Sunday at Hellfest!

Digital Download Provided by: Ricburn Media

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