3/11/2003 - Review by: AFS
A 37 minute crash course in high-speed death metal
Deranged - Plainfield Cemetery - reviewed by: AFS
From the opening riff of the first track, “Beaten, Raped, Fuckin’ Left to Die”, the band takes a mach 3 speed and runs with it throughout the entire length of the album. Some may prefer the fast paced, blast beat driven style, but unfortunately, it leaves the album lacking any stylistic changes. The tempo stays almost completely the same from song to song never giving the listener time to soak in what’s going on.
Everything just seems to fly by with this album, ending just as quickly as it begins. This makes things pretty boring after a while, because every track basically sounds the same. In fact, the only semblance of a breakdown or tempo change takes place in the tracks “Mutilate and Dump You” (probably the best song on the album) and “God is Dead”.
From a positive standpoint, the album is surprisingly well-produced, something I wouldn’t expect from a label like Listenable. The vocals and lyrics are fucking brutal! And the drums, although playing essentially the same pattern throughout, are impressive.
I would recommend this album to anyone who likes the high-speed death metal style of bands like Cattle Decapitation, but Deranged would do very well to slow things down every once in a while.
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