Technical Death Metal
With bands like Cryptopsy once again releasing an ass kicking album, hopes are high for the Canadian technical death metal scene. Montreal’s Derelict this year hits fans of tech death with their brand new record, Perpetuation, their third full length release to date. Yet unlike the aforementioned, Derelict takes a more melodic approach to their brand of technical death metal.
Opening track Perpetuation pounds the listener’s ears rather relentlessly right from the start, and there are even moments where the riffing styles of guitarist Max almost leans towards a slight djent sound, like a death-ened Meshuggah, though with a more definite form. The drumming of Jordan is equally furious and complex, and session bassist Sebastien keeps up with the technical wankery going on around with ease, at times even including his personal touch to the music to ensure that his bass lines stand out from the rest of the instruments. Yet all these display just on side of the band’s music, and as the album progresses the other side of the band soon appears.
Despite the technicality in the music, unlike the brutal approach that most bands take, there are moments where the band leans almost towards a melodic death metal sound, like a more technical version of Gothenburg bands such as Scar Symmetry, this especially so with the versatile vocals of Eric, who easily goes from a high pitched shriek to growls that are rather reminiscent to vocalists like Christain Alvestam. The melodic lead lines on songs like Expiry are also some of the displays of the melodic touch that the band has put into their music, making Perpetuation an easily digestable, yet a record that is not watered down at all with the amount of activity that is going on at any point in time.
What makes me turn away from most technical death metal records is the lack of variety that most releases present, resulting in an emotionless and brutal record. However, Derelict completely fulfills the “technical” in their death metal in their songwriting as well, with music that go from sheer brutality to purely melodic, helping to ensure that the record doesn’t become one that is stagnant, displaying that complexity does not come only in the playing but also in the song progression and songwriting, keeping the listener interested throughout the entire album.