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Deranged is one of those bands I discovered one day while I was really bored and clicking around the Metal Archives looking for the next awesome/hilarious thing to keep my attention for the next nine seconds. I was craving something both new and brutal, so I decided a do a little research into the Swedish side of things (as usual). I saw Deranged had a pretty decent reputation as a middle-tier Swedish death metal band, and possessed a history going back to the early ’90s. From what I read about their releases, people either really liked them or was meh’d to death with them. For some reason, I deemed them worthy of a few spins, and “Plainfield cemetery” was just where I happened to start.
Deranged doesn’t necessarily sound very Swedish at all on this album. The riffs never really ride like they do with Entombed or Unleashed or any other Swedish heavyweight. Instead songs pound and chug along in the vein of brutal American death metal, and for the most part, it’s done very well. In no way are they pushing the death metal envelope or revolutionizing the genre somehow, but Deranged does deliver a very tight, well performed slab of death metal of the utmost level of brutality.
In conjunction with the relentless blasting on the drums, the guitar parts sound much more intricate than they actually are, but in reality, they’re just standard, simplistic detuned death metal riffs done with a tone that is as smooth as broken glass glued to sandpaper, and it works well. Everything is done so fast and at such a ridiculously powerful mix volume, it’s easy to miss what each the instruments are trying to pull off, but that grinding guitar tone atop the deep bass sound make things a little more clear. It’s not the best production in the world for an album like this, but it’s also not the worst.
The vocals, courtesy of Calle Fäldt, bring an almost chanting quality to the growls. There are no long-term screams or constipation relief grunts for any real duration. Everything is short and very succinct, which suits the rhythmic chugs of the music perfectly, and creates the desire to get sucked into general beat of the music if nothing else. Fäldt sounds like he’s growling with a mouth full of flaming shit, so picking out words is a near impossibility, but you can definitely feel the pulse of when he’s growling, and that makes most of these songs fairly catchy. I may not know the words, but I sure as fuck can look and sound like an idiot trying to sing along with random noises, and it’s fun to try. As for the lyrics, they are completely incomprehensible, like I said, but if you’re into gore and over-the-top horror, you’ll get a kick out of reading them anyway. The song titles are pretty fucken fantastic as well (“Deathgasm” anyone?).
Overall, “Plainfield” is an excellent, albeit short (37 minutes), death metal experience from start to finish, and if you dig extremely brutal, blasting death metal that’s utterly relentless, you’d probably like it a lot. This is an album that never lets up for a single moment. Just when you think things couldn’t get any heavier and a break in the action seems due, Deranged continue to pound away with the blastbeats and grind away with the riffing. This isn’t the best death metal album out there, and it’s surely not going to shift any paradigms about the genre, but it’s definitely a fun, catchy, and brutal experience that you shouldn’t miss.
And for the record, “Mutilate and Dump You” is a fucken hit.
Written for globaldomination.se
I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard Deranged in a while, although I do own this cd for quite some time now. The idea of having my brain smashed by a hammer and my body pierced by a meat hook isn’t quite my definition of everyday enjoyment, but there comes a time in everyone’s lives when a little bit of gore and guts is on demand. Well a lot really if we’re talking about letting these Swedes get inside the room!
From the get go we’re treated with two of the most brutal tracks on the album, “Beaten, Raped, Fucking Left To Die” and “Stab And Hack”, which by their beautifully constructed names can already tell you what grounds we walk. Unrelenting and brutal non-stop pounding drums, accompanied by some really fast riffs, with some cookie monster vocals on top. There’s nothing overly technical about Deranged’s sound, but the fact is they’re fun! They play fast, faster and bordering on hyperdrive, but they always leave some space for a bit of groovey rhythms that let you catch your breath, if only for a few seconds. The breakdowns in the middle part of “We Lure And Abduct” are a good example of that, sometimes they’ll just stop the mayhem for ten seconds, introduce a bit of breathing space so they can burst out violently once again. Even though their style is pretty simplistic, some riffs are very cool, and believe it or not the bass has some shining moments as in “God Is Dead”, which is the most complex song in the album. It has some very nice mid-paced sections where they just leave more space for composition style instead of unrelenting brutality. It’s easily one of the highlights on the album.
Speaking of the string session of the band, man it has one hell of a tone, ultra-distorted borderline on the typical buzzsaw but with a much thicker tone and never being quite the full on Swedish sound we know. The production is as brutal as the guitar tone, allowing you to hear everything, although you can’t hear the bass all the time, but what else is new right? But when you can hear the bass it sounds very good, especially in the slower parts, which aren’t that much really.
“Deathgasm” is together with “God Is Dead” the longest track on the album, but whereas the second one is a more mid-paced exercise filled with brilliant parts, the first one just drags on being really fast until the last minute and a half, where it really drags even more, but now slowly. By this point you’ve already been caused severe head trauma but believe me, there still are four more tracks! The beginning part and the middle riff of “Suffering, The Sweet Suffering” is worth notice as it brings again some of the brutality of the first two tracks with some nice guitar leads. The last two songs are two more exercises in the same formula, with nothing exceptional, just two more good Deranged style beatings. And although by this point you’ve been clearly beaten to a pulp you can’t stop but scream forth the last song's chorus “As I fuck the deviant dead”, over and over again.
This album won’t revolutionize anything, it’s nothing new by this point, but it doesn’t try to be. It serves its purpose of being a savagely played and constructed album, where the only thing you must do is bang your head for its duration. So kick back, grab your weapon of choice, and enjoy the gore!
This is a good offering of death metal. The band is definetly in the same category as Vomitory and Cannibal Corpse (extreme death metal?). But for Deranged, that is the problem. There is nothing new and exciting about this band. What they produce is great if you're a fan of blast beats and growling lyrics, but they offer nothing new than any other band in the genre. I was listening to the album earlier, and I didn't realise that a few tracks had passed because it all sounds the same. Now, that's not to say that the music is bad, it's just a bit repetitive.
As a trio unit, Deranged is incredibly talented. They play good extreme death metal, and it is excellent to headbang to. However, I will stick with my original complaint and say that they are a bit repetitive.
Deranged, one of the few swedish death metal bands that came out during the early nineties that have always stucked to their own style. Together with Vomitory and Dismember, Deranged has from their early beginning delivered the most bloodsoaked and violent death metal ever been heard within swedish boundries! I don't know what ppl say, but I claim that 'Plainfield Cemetery' is their best work to date. This unrelenting sledgehammer of heavy riffs with filth and melodic touches don't sell out. This shit is still brutal as hell.
There's alot of twisted riffs and groove. Just listening to " Mutilate And Dump You" and "We Lure And Abduct". The vocals are sick, not in the deep gurgly-type, rather the in-your-fucking-face style. The bass is a great weight, atleast for the brutal sound of theirs. The drums can be quite repetive but without any thought to slow down. For fans of Gorgasm, Vomitory or Morbid Angel perhaps this should be owned. Over and out