Tech-Death Thursday: Derelict
As I am aware that Kataplexis did a great shop of shredding your facial flesh earlier this week, I will take it easy on you this week. JUST KIDDING. Say goodbye to your scalp!
This is one of those times where I really just want to facepalm for not featuring this band sooner. Derelict are fucking awesome, and I am a bad person for waiting so long to write about them. Anywhoo, Derelict are an amazing band from Montréal, Québec (holy cow what a surprise!) that you tech-death heads need to be aware of. Before we continue, check out “Perpetuation”:
Derelict are another one of those bands that do a really good job of injecting just the right amount of melody into their already super brutal music to make it even better. The production is spot on, especially for a band that is unsigned. Yes, you read that correctly. Derelict is an unsigned band (ridiculous), and they still managed to make the monster of an album that is Perpetuation. The guitars sound excellent and, on occasion, sound a bit like the Black Dahlia Murder. The riffs and the drumming are great too and sometimes catch me off guard with how good they actually are. Speaking of things catching me off guard, that is something the solos excel at. They just aren’t where you normally expect them to be, and I really like that bit of unpredictability that it adds. The song “Intricate Decay” is a good example of that:
Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t feel like a solo is coming and then BAM! there is all of a sudden an impressive as fuck solo driving me closer to eargasm. One of my favorite things about this band aside from their godly playing is the vocals. They aren’t the typical cookie cutter vocals you get so often in tech-death, and they have a unique sound that is brutal all on its own. It’s a sound that on occasion makes me wonder if Lamb of God went tech-death without telling anyone, but at the same time does a great job of lending itself to the politically oriented lyrics. The bass in this band is great as well. Sometimes you can hear it sneaking up from behind the rest of the instruments. It’s almost as if it wants to go all out Beyond Creation but instead kind of slithers back into the mix after a few seconds. Perpetuation dropped in 2012, but they have another album and an EP all available for your listening pleasure on their Bandcamp.
Now, Ghost Flusher has returned with another guest submission for us:
GF: Ahhh Sweden. Land of Melodic Death Metal and mostly everything that is cold as fuck. What most metalheads don’t know is that metal flows through Sweden’s blood like green beer in an uncultured town on St. Patty’s. With bands like Anata and Spawn of Possession, it’s no wonder that Sweden is a metalhead’s paradise beyond Soilwork, Dark Tranquility, Scar Symmetry, and a plethora of other bands. However, from a generation of newer bands emerges Lost Soul. Lost Soul is a band chock full of riffs and spliffs, with intensity for days and fury that makes Aeon look like a band made up of preschoolers. With songs like “Revival”, “Eternal Darkness”, and “216”, it’s no surprise that this band is a force to be reckoned with. However, the song “If the Dead Can Speak” really convinced me this band was not only talented, but a force to be reckoned with. While this song is not as tech as most of their body of work, the fast groove, artful basswork, and puzzle-piece solos really elevate this beyond a lot of bands that think they know groove (lookin’ at you there, ya djentiles). But even beyond the song, the video accompanying it is just perfect, illustrating the lyrics masterfully and showcasing the band’s raw tech talent. So give it a spin; I doubt you won’t be locking in the perfect windmill to this jam. Also, be sure to listen to the first episode of The FlushCast right here on the Toilet Ov Hell for even more tech.
Good stuff Dude! That’s it for this week. Until next time,