Canadian deathcore pioneers DESPISED ICON are back to reveal their 6th full-length album, ‘Purgatory,’ which will be released on November 15th via Nuclear Blast.

Today, Alex Erian discuses the first single and title track, ‘Purgatory’. Watch as he discusses what the title track means to him as well as what the process was like for him and Eric Jarrin to create the epic breakdown, here:

Alex Erian comments, “I keep repeating this but we do not encourage violence at shows but I have this feeling there will be a couple of injuries during the breakdown live. So I apologize in advance. Please be good to yourselves but expect some pure brutality.:”

Watch the music video for  “Purgatory” which was directed and produced by Jessy Fuchs, of Les Films 37 Superkickhere:

‘Purgatory’ will be available in the following formats:
– Jewelcase CD
– Grey w/ Black Splatter Vinyl

Pre-order ‘Purgatory’ in the format of your choice:
Listen to ‘Purgatory’ in the NB New Releases Playlists: /

‘Purgatory’ was produced by Yannick St-AmandEric Jarrin and Alex Erian. The music was recorded by DESPISED ICON‘s former guitar player, now current front of house engineer Yannick St-Amand while the vocals were recorded by close friend Antoine Lussier of ION DISSONANCE. Mixing and mastering were completed by CRYPTOPSY‘s very own Christian Donaldson at The Grid in Montréal. For the album artwork, the band selected Eliran Kantor to create a piece that echoed the themes and concepts of ‘Purgatory.’

Without a doubt their most dynamic venture to date, DESPISED ICON have a fresh and energy-filled arrangement just waiting to see the light of day in the form of ‘Purgatory.’ For many years, they have laid the foundation of deathcore and spearheaded different sounds and movements within the genre.

‘Purgatory’ – Track Listing:
01. Dernier Souffle
02. Purgatory
03. Light Speed
04. Slow Burning
05. Snake In The Grass
06. Vies D’Anges
07. Moving On
08. Unbreakable
09. Apex Predator
10. Legacy
11. Dead Weight

This Friday, DESPISED ICON will kick-off their North American Tour in Saskatoon. The 22-date trek which will include the band playing new material from the upcoming album will include stops in Vancouver, Anaheim, and Philadelphia before concluding in Toronto on October 13th at The Opera House. Joining the band as direct support is Texan metalcore act KUBLAI KHAN. The package will also include British extreme metal band INGESTED and American Deathcore band SHADOW OF INTENT.Throughout the tour there will be a slew of special guests including ANGELMAKER (09/20 to 09/23), I DECLARE WAR (09/24 and 09/25), I AM (09/27-10/02 & 10/05-10/06), DEVOURMENT (10/04 & 10/05) and SUFFOCATION (10/08-10/13).

DESPISED ICON comments “Here it is, our only tour of the year. We’ll be sharing the stage with some of our favorite bands and will be hitting a few cities that we haven’t played in 9 years!  Tickets are now on sale and MVP packages are available at “

Fans have the opportunity to purchase MVP packages that include the following:

  • One (1) General Admission Ticket
  • Meet & Greet W/ DESPISED ICON
  • Photo Opp W/ DESPISED ICON
  • Exclusive Tour T-Shirt
  • 11×17 Tour Poster
  • MVP Laminate W/ Lanyard
  • Early Entry

Purchase your MVP package here: 

Confirmed dates for DESPISED ICON‘s 2019 North American Tour with KUBLAI KHANINGESTED & SHADOW OF INTENT are:
09/20 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
09/21 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
09/22 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
09/23 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cafe
09/24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09/25 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
09/27 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
09/28 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
09/29 – Las Vegas, NV – BBB
09/30 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
10/01 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
10/02 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
10/03 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
10/04 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/05 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
10/06 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
10/08 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
10/09 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
10/10 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/11 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
10/12 – Quebec, QC – Imperial Bell
10/13 – Toronto, ON – The Opera house

– w/ ANGELMAKER (09/20 to 09/23)
** – w/ I DECLARE WAR (09/24 and 09/25)
% – I AM (09/27 to 10/02 + 10/05 and 10/06)
^ – DEVOURMENT (10/04 and 10/05)
# – SUFFOCATION (10/08 to 10/13)

Alex Erian | vocals
Steve Marois | vocals
Eric Jarrin | guitar
Ben Landreville| guitar
Sebastian Piché | bass
Alex “Grind” Pelletier | drums