High on Blood (Regain Records)
By: Jeb Branin
There is only so much that can be done within the limited confines of the current gore- grind scene. Fortunately DERANGED turn the limitations into advantages by attacking their music with total abandon and unlimited aggression. Epileptic rhythms counterbalance whirring guitars and standard issue low growl gore vocals. The guitars often slip out of their buzz for an innovative riff or two and several to the point solos are present which helps give the music the necessary depth and complexity to keep things interesting. Although DERANGED don't prescribe to the school of thought that an elapse of ten seconds in a song necessitates a time change, they do keep a fairly constant rotation of tempos as flavoring for the excessiveness that defines them. I don't have a lyric sheet but as I've said time and time again when it comes to gore core that is the way that I prefer it. The whole 'more-vile- than-thou' mentality escapes me. Fortunately unless I actually read the lyrics they don't interfere with the music since the vocals cannot be deciphered. That said, this is a very good album.
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