bandcamp-correctThe year is 1995. Cannibal Corpse already released The Bleeding, arguably their best album, at least if you argue with me. Though if you ask my ex wife, arguing with me isn’t an activity to be taken lightly. Cock and Ball Torture weren’t a band yet, though cock and ball torture itself was already a thing. Just ask my ex wife why she’s my ex wife. While songs like “Meat Hook Sodomy,” “Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s Cunt” and “Stripped, Raped and Strangled,” Cannibal opened the gates for the pornogrind bukakke blast to come (sp) in the mid 1990s, they were and are a death metal band. Granted, Germany’s Gut was wallowing in depraved and murksome waters for a few years, but they always had more in common with a band like the Meat Shits dashed with a touch of Macabre than anything remotely malevolent. It was with Deranged‘s debut, 1995’s Rated X, that the menace Cannibal Corpse lost found a new, grindier and even more perverse host. Deranged set a benchmark for brutality that may have been met since, but has seldom been surpassed. Is it fair to hold a band up to a standard set by one of their on early works, penned at a time when the world was an entirely different place?

Fuck yes, it is. All is fair in grind and gore.”The Frail Illusion of Osteology” opens Deranged‘s 9th full length album, Struck By A Murderous Siege, in fine fashion with a solid sluggish riff that lasts all of fifteen seconds before sliding into half a minute of filler mediocrity before some pinch harmonics pepper in some flavor.  Right out of the gate, vocalist Anders Johansson sounds eerily like the dearly departed Jeff Reimer (Morpheus Descends, Decomposed) circa 1992, which is as effective as a death metal vocalist can get. It’s not until the two minute mark that the maniacs in Deranged loosen their choke hold enough to let things breathe a bit with a melodic breakdown that things really get uncomfortable. Drummer and sole original member Rikard Wermé creatively matches the double bass with a blast beat under this creepy, funereal passage. The suffocatingly busy, overbearing drum part sucks the air out of the song like the chain the knife-wielding maniac on the cover would as he garroted his next victim. “Hello From the Gutters” follows and isn’t an ESL Overkill cover, but rather one of the slowest and most effective songs on the album. Re-recorded from 2013’s Morgue Orgy EP, it barely accelerates beyond a mid-paced lurch save for what I would consider the bridge if we were assigning typical song structures to grindcore.

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“Reverent Decomposition” is another stand out and is definitely their “Enter Sandman” except it doesn’t blow dog. The chorus is bubonicaly infectious, very reminiscent of later-day Carcass and Macabre in its sing-song feel, and countered by frenetic riffing that most closely reaches Rated X levels. “Shivers Down Your Broken Spine” is slow and eerie with an open verse rather than the throttling much of the album attempts. The riff that kicks off about around 2:46 is a lift from “Where The Slime Live” that’s so direct, either it’s an intentional homage or someone in Sweden is smoking way too much wacky weed and forgot it’s already in one of the best known death metal songs. Ditties like “Cold Icy Hands,” (despite featuring one of my favorite riffs here) and “Toy Box Torture Chamber” sound too much like later-day Cannibal Corpse. The album’s sound is very clean and thick and without a doubt, the best production of any Deranged release thus far, but that’s not to say it works the best. I vastly preferred the more cavernous live sound that made it seem as if you were right there to witness the carnage employed through 1998’s High On Blood. The fear is a little more palatable when, like in When A Stranger Calls, the killer is in the house.

As veteran bands such as Death Angel, Mercyless and Brutality have proven with recent output, Ye Olde Fucker Guard can still deliver the goods, but in this case, Deranged, despite having a few deadly daggers in this arsenal, fall short of their legacy in mine crusty old ears. I want something to top Rated X, and while that may not be possible, I’d rather they try and fail than tread derivative grounds. While Embalmber managed to up the filth flarn filth with Emanations From The Crypt this year, Deranged released a solid death metal album that is remarkable when really raging, but unfortunately never reaches the depravity of their earlier discography.


Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 256 kbps mp3
Label: Agonia Records
Websites: agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/struck-by-a-murderous-siege | facebook.com/derangedband
Releases Worldwide: October 28th, 2016

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  • Zach Ward

    One of you should review the new avenged sevenfold album. It’d be quite funny, and yall reviewed trivium last year, so why not have a go at one of the least trve band there are.

    • The Deplorable Nerd.

      …..Avenged Sevenfold is in my top 5 AOTY

      • Zach Ward

        Plz tell me your joking.. plz

        • The Deplorable Nerd.

          Nope. Avenged Sevenfold is one of my favourite bands and it is a really good album. I wouldn’t be into Metal if it wasn’t for Avenged Sevenfold. (And Pantera)

          • Zach Ward

            They were also one of the main bands that got me into metal as well, but since I discovered Opeth and expanded my pallet of metal avenged sevenfold just couldn’t sit with me anymore. I still go back to them for nostalgia sometimes but nothing new from them has done anything for me. I also think hail to the king was awful, so maybe that caused it.

          • The Deplorable Nerd.

            Agreed on Hail to the King, only the title track I can listen to. Opeth got me into extreme metal as well, however I can never let go of Avenged Sevenfold and all the classic rock I’ve listened to since I was a kid.

          • Zach Ward

            All those bands just seem so underwhelming to me now, and it’s only been about 4 years since I’ve stopped, but comparing what I listen to now, and what I used to listen to, I don’t see how I could find those bands better at all.They seem way too basic and not innovative at all. (Those bands being the main popular metal bands angsty teens listen Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, disturbed etc.) I couldn’t for the life of me now say Avenged Sevenfold put out a better album this year than Vektor. To me that’s insanity, but I understand opinions and all that stuff so if u can I won’t judge.

      • The track they released with the puppets seems very out of character for them but it’s growing on me.

    • Reese Burns

      I think the album is pretty great. Opinions may vary though.

      • This album or Avenged Sevenfold?

        • Reese Burns

          Avenged Sevenfokd’s. This one does nothing for me, but I’m not a big grind fan in general, though this was a really funny review.

    • Dying to hear that.

      • Zach Ward

        Be the one to do it. It’d be wonderful.

        • Haha I would if I could. The powers that be won’t let it happen ;)

    • Avenged Sevenfold? Is that like Sevendust?

  • I started listening to this album in my car the other day, but after about three songs, I pulled over to change album. It sounded way too straightforward, with no decent hooks. Veterans know that if you want to arouse curiosity, you can’t start an album off with two or three generic songs. Thus, this far I’m guessing that the album won’t blow me away, but I’ll be giving it another shoot with headphones in the morrow.

    • There are some hooks. The embedded song in particular but I feel they let some of the filth go for a bit more accessibility and lost in the dice toss.

  • Treble Yell

    This was heaps of fun to read.

    • Thanks, FNG! Been loving your stuff!

      • Treble Yell

        I’m touched, but not in the “show me on the doll” kinda way.

  • Malev Draizhen

    You guys reviewing the new Brujeria?

  • Sounded a lot like Dethklok.

    • Diego Molero

      Yeah… Don’t hear that. Dethklok is way more fun, cooler and better.

      • Aguy

        Sounds like LAZY Dethklok.

  • Bart the Repairman

    I never thought I’d say this about death/grind/brutal/whatever track, but these guitars could sound better with more… distortion.

  • Dead1

    So fucking meh. Terrible sound too.

  • Alex Benedict

    Al lives! I haven’t exactly been keeping up with the reviews lately, as you can see by my commenting here two and a half weeks later, but I feel like I haven’t seen a review from you in a long while. A fun read as always!