Produced and engineered by Tero “Max” Kostermaa. Mixed by Euge Valovirta. Mastered by Jacob Hansen.
Released via Sliptrick Records on Tuesday 23 May 2023.
Derelict (2023) is the second album from Finnish industrial group Resolution 13.
The band started composing the tracks in 2016 and the recordings took place over several sessions between 2016 and 2020. After which guest vocals were added by Ville Tuomi. The album sounds huge and focuses on raw power with epic-sounding choruses.
Derelict continues the story started on the previous album, Colossal (2015) which told the story of an escape from an intergalactic prison planet called Resolution 13. In this instalment, the prisoners crash land and have to figure out a way out of their situation. The story begins with one of the characters losing their lifeline and without any further air and hope, nor anything to grab flying into deeper space….
The album reminded me very much of a fusion of Die Krupps and Rammstein with a smattering of melodic symphonic metal thrown in for good measure.
The album opens with “Out and alone” (track 1) which builds on a traditional folk-sounding melody. By “We don’t fall” (track 3), the band are in full-flow melodic, industrial metal with lyrics spat out like something from Clawfinger’s Use Your Brain (1995) album.
The spoken intro and start-stop riff on “T-13” (track 4) has one of the strongest Rammstein vibes on the album, but with vocals reminiscent of Austrian new wave artist Falco.
“War machine” (track 5) and “Messiah” (track 6) have the most rock-out feels on the album, with satisfying industrial riffs and quick changes in tempo.
“Refuge” (track 8) has a bouncing, dance feel. “Evil twin” (track 9) builds the tension with a rattling, like-a-locomotive-blasting-through-granite persistence.
“Lost keys” (track 10) closest the album with a slow-paced, laid back ballad with a throbbing bass line and beautiful interweaving keyboard melodies. It is by far my favourite track on the album.
This feels like a very western European album, pulling in a myriad of influences. While there are some marvellous slabs of industrial metal embedded in this release, it’s the beautiful, soothing simplicity of the final track that really connects with me. I could listen to a whole album of tracks like this. Wonderful!
Review score: 70%
Grand Sounds PR contacted me inviting me to preview Derelict’s latest album, thank you. I have no connections to either Grand Sounds PR or Derelict. I’m not being paid to review this, but I did get a free digital copy of the album to review which is pretty cool. Many thanks to Grand Sounds PR, and to Derelict for continuing to create fresh, exciting new music.