MAY 24th 2012
DERELICT: PERPETUATION
Review by: Barretticus


DERELICT IS....

Eric Burnet – Vocals
Jordan Perry – Drums
Max Lussier – Guitar
Xavier Sperdouklis – Fretless Bass
Simon Cléroux – Guitar

It's really wicked. It's hard, it's heavy, it's loud. It's extremely well made. When I added the album into my iPhone and started looking at it for song names while I was listening, I noticed the damnedest thing; this is the first band I've seen to actually utilize the Lyrics field in the info pane for their work.

I've bought many albums from iTunes, and not one of them has ever added their lyrics to the song file. It's little things that make excellent things even better. I love their art for the album, such a moody and foreboding image and brooding muted tones which match the atmosphere of the music and lyrics.

As far as the actual band and their music, Derelict has killed it. Of all the indie albums I have so far reviewed, this is the best sounding album yet. Supremely well mastered by Chris Donaldson of Crytopsy, Derelict's second run at production shows that they are deservedly making a quick climb up the ladder to fame.

Each song packed to the brim with brutal blast beats and slick rhythms thanks to Jordan Perry's smashing tempo skills. He has got some ridiculous videos of him playing and giving tutorials from behind the kit which I recommend you check out on their main site. listen to his foot work and you can hear lightning quick stop and go changes in his beats with his heel-toe technique. Then watch his hands and sticks. Again lightning fast movements in and out blasts and rhythms, shank-tips and doubles and triplet, with almost nothing but a little smile on his face. What is happening?

I personally can never get enough of Randy Blythe's vocals, so when Eric Burnet's vocals explode through my headphones, they are a welcome and comforting sound that makes me smile. Just because I have compared him to Blythe, doesn't mean he's just a copy cat. Burnet is a bit less dynamic, and a little more gutteral perhaps. His lyrics are a hauntingly brutal representation of the strife of the working class. Like Bruce Springsteen, but y'know, hardcore and Metal.

Max Lussier's riffs writing and solos are brilliant and moody. The instance you start the album, the title track, Perpetuation slams your brain with with a crushing intro riff and there is no stopping after that. The slight melody riffs better reinforce the mood of the album as well. Max also shows some tapping and solo playing, in which he makes things look easy. His blooper reel was particularly entertaining and I thought it was nice that he has a good enough sense of humour to put it up. Also on the main site.

Sébastien Pittet plays a fretless bass in the studio and I really love that. Fretless basses have such a wonderful smooth warm tone and don't have the twang and clatter of fretted basses and the like usually found in Metal. Sébastien's complimentary and opposing riffs to Max's shredding can be heard clear and warm and undistorted through all the sounds of the other members (which is also a testament to Donaldson's mixing). His fingerwork is noticeable throughout every song, but none better than Digital Birthright, which opens with an impressive solo segment, and Intricate Decay. I wish there were vids of of his playing up as well. I think these two highlight his bass sensibilities the best. A very unique sound.

The entire album is amazing and I find it hard to not end up listening to the entire thing once I get it going. It is almost impossible for me to pick any single favourite, and if I start listing, I end up dropping more than half the names on the album. Here's four must listen songs from the album:Perpetuation, Spoils of War, Digital Birthright, Intricate Decay, Emergence.

I know that's five. I couldn't just pick four. Failed my own challenge. And if you listen to these five, you might as well listen to all twelve.... I actually can't stop thinking about Jordan Perry's feet... is that wierd?