DESPISED ICON: Discuss The Recording Process For PURGATORY

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 offers insight into the band’s recording process and how it is a family affair as they work with former guitar player, now current front of house engineer Yannick St-Amand, close friend Antoine Lussier of ION DISSONANCE and long-time friend Christian Donaldson of CRYPTOPSY. Watch the third trailer here:

Alex comments, “It is a very personal effort. We chose the people with whom we collaborate with. We’re very picky so to speak but ultimately I feel like the record benefited from that.”

DESPISED ICON is currently on their 22-date North American 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 bandINGESTED and American Deathcore band SHADOW OF INTENT. Throughout the tour there will be a slew of special guests including 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 KHAN, INGESTED & SHADOW OF INTENT are: 
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
Sébastien Piché| Bass
Alex “Grind” Pelletier | Drums

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

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 Montreal. 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 will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel
  • Vinyl
    • Grey W/ Black Splatter Vinyl

Pre-order PURGATORY in the format of your choice here:

PURGATORY track list:
1.    Dernier Souffle
2.    Purgatory
3.    Light Speed
4.    Slow Burning
5.    Snake In The Grass
6.    Vies D’Anges
7.    Moving On
8.    Unbreakable
9.    Apex Predator
10.    Legacy
11.    Dead Weight


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Pre-order your copy of PURGATORY here: