DEREV releases EP “Leap of Faith”

Derev is a Progressive Rock/Metal band from Toronto, Canada.  It consists of group members Armando Bablanian (guitarist/songwriter), Michel Karakach (drummer/songwriter) and Liam Horrigan (bassist).  Michel and Armando met in high school in Kuwait.  Bassist Liam recently joined the project.  Their newest EP is Leap of Faith that includes new single “Turab”.

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DEREV discusses new single “Turab”

The song aims to question things that are culturally presumed as absolute truths, focusing on the culture of war and the honour of sacrificing yourself for the land. Is it really an honor, or is it just another presumed truth that we were raised to believe and never questioned? What of all the young lives wasted? Are they heroes we celebrate in remembrance, or are they simply pawns of a bigger game? We’ll leave that for you to figure out.

DEREV discusses EP “Leap of Faith”

Musically, the album combines the energy and intensity of metal music with the atmospheric feel of old-school progressive rock music.

Each song aims to discuss a different topic. We target numerous controversial ones including social issues our community faces on a daily basis.

The album also discusses personal struggles and hurdles that bring us down, leaving us stumped and overwhelmed with doubt and remorse, rather than taking action and achieving what we set out to do.


Leap of Faith

  1. Tunnel Vision
  2. Turab
  3. Futile
  4. Delayed
  5. Slipping Down Again
  6. Ghost of Guilt

January 28, 2021 – Derev releases new single “Futile”

Their first single “Futile” is ahead of their forthcoming EP, “Leap of Faith”.  It features Ambrotype’s vocalist and founder Adel Saflou on vocals. 

Derev discusses new single “Futile”

“Futile” talks about the present situation and how integrated we have become with this technology. We are so dependent on it, that we hardly do any activity that does not involve us being behind a screen. It’s a journey through the mind of an individual who is subconsciously exhausted from living this way and yearns to go back to a more natural way of life and connecting with nature.

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