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Derelict Explains "Xenocide" Song Lyrics

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Montreal act Derelict has been posting a series of lyric explanation blogs online via the band's official website. Derelict has now checked in with the following statement about the "Xenocide" track:

"Hello, Eric here. This is another Behind The Lyrics article. I’ve been moving through the Unspoken Words album with these posts, and up next is Xenocide.

"Xenocide is actually the only Derelict song that features lyrical contributions from another member. Our old guitar player Daryl and I used to talk a lot about religion and war, particularly the Israel/Palestine situation. We decided to write a song about what it takes for people to go to war and view their opponents not as people like themselves, but as entities entirely separate and deserving only of death.

"Although I knew much less about the conflict than I do now, I tried to make sure the lyrics could be read from the perspective of either side, or in fact from the perspective of any side fighting any war. The last line particularly applies to religious war, in which people view their cause as entirely just and holy, and their opponent’s cause as demonic and fundamentally wrong.

"If you’re interested in these kinds of issues, check out this interesting documentary about religious conflict on VICE.com, 'The Vice Guide to Belfast.'"

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