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Judge for DerelictMetal

Pierrefonds, Canada
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Portrait of DerelictMetal
Hailing from Montreal, Derelict strives to unite as many aspects of metal as possible into one commanding package. Although comparisons to various death and thrash metal bands have arisen (Death, Strapping Young Lad, Martyr), it is obvious upon the first listen that Derelict incorporates the brutal and progressive elements of the Quebec scene with listenable structures and melody, resulting in an unforgiving yet accessible package.

With the help of their cross-country tour in May 2008, various mini-tours through Quebec and Ontario, and support for major acts such as Ion Dissonance (Century Media), Threat Signal (Nuclear Blast), and The Agonist (Century Media), the band has covered most of Canada, all of which was done through independent self-booking and promotion.

With 2006’s Ideological Prey and 2008’s Carry the Flame, Derelict have been tirelessly seeking promotional and distribution avenues to get themselves heard. Be it through their compelling live shows, or through exposure on shows such as CHOM 97.7 FM's "The Metal File", the word is getting around that Derelict is a force to be reckoned with.

Fast forward to Fall 2008: Derelict is on the verge of releasing their new full-length, Unspoken Words. Having been mixed by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist), the disc is an aural weapon. The violent attacks and schizophrenic changes the band has always counted in their arsenal are present, as are new elements from far-ranging styles of music, proving that Derelict are constantly willing to step outside of their comfort zone.