Last month, Canadian deathcore pioneers DESPISED ICON unleashed their sixth full length album, Purgatory, via Nuclear Blast. Today the band has launched a guitar and bass playthrough for ‘Dead Weight’ featuring Eric Jarrin, Ben Landreville and Sebastien Piché. Watch the video here:

Eric Jarrin comments, “We chose ‘Dead Weight’ because we feel it’s one of the most complete songs on the album, musically speaking. It showcases technical riffs, slam parts, tremolo picking, breakdowns, a guitar solo and even a bass solo! It has everything.”

The band has also announced the release of their very first tab book, courtesy of their friends at Sheet Happens Publishing. The printed & digital books come with an instant download pack containing the print-ready guitar book PDF (eBook) and the complete guitar pro files. Purchase your DESPISED ICON PURGATORY tab book here:

Order your copy of ‘Purgatory’ here:

Watch the official lyric video for ‘Light Speed‘:

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.

More on Purgatory:
Trailer #1 – The Title Track, ‘Purgatory’:
Trailer #2 – Writing The Album Purgatory:
Trailer #3 – Recording Purgatory:
Trailer #4 – The Album Artwork for Purgatory:
Trailer #5 – The Lyrical Concepts:
Trailer #6 – Evolving The Sound As Pioneers:

‘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


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