one of the few Swedish death metal bands that came out during the early
nineties that have always done their own kind of no remorse showing,
intense and truly brutal death metal. No matter what other bands around
was and is doing, you can be sure that Deranged will always deliver the
most brutal and violent death metal man can create! Deranged has been
around since 1991 has now received an almost "cult" alike status among
the worldwide death metal scene as being one of the most, if not the
most brutal and intense death metal bands man has ever experienced. The
kind of band that might destroy themselves but they’ll never sell out!
the veteran Swedish death metallers released album number seven,
entitled ‘The Redlight Murder Case', with nary a hint of progression to
sully their blackened hearts. And that will make a lot of death metal
fans very happy indeed, for Deranged don't mess about with any of that
pesky musical progression nonsense. No, it's thirty-five minutes of
brutal death metal, thank you very much, no refunds, no exchanges.
therefore we had a little talk to Rikard Wermén, drummer for Deranged,
this is what he had to say.
all, how are you?
shit you know…
I’m not familiar with your band so tell me something about Deranged, the
band is around for seventeen years now, how come I didn’t hear from you
I guess if
you’re into the whole brutal death metal scene, Deranged would at least
be familiar to you. I guess it depends on what you’re actually really
into you know. Deranged is might known for being a band that are not
licking the media´s ass either. We let people know what we want them to
know… Mean, what’s the use in sending out news mail if I change the head
on my snare drum as some acts tends to do? The only thing worse than
posers are media whores.
you launch into writing the material for ‘The Redlight Murder Case'
after your previous album, did ideas come easily so that you just had to
write them down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
just wrote a bunch of songs and that was it. We’re not the kind of band
that will have like band meetings where we discuss in what musical
direction if any we’ll take the band. We just play and if it sounds cool
we’ll keep it. Simple as that. The ideas came pretty easy though… We’re
not “overwriting” anything. Whenever you fuck around with a certain riff
or arrangement a longer time it’ll just turn out to crap anyway.
were the goals you had in mind when you started to record ‘The Redlight
Murder Case' and did you have a certain idea of what you wanted to do,
any elements you definitely wanted to have on the album?
just to do a good album. And as for wanting to have certain elements as
you put it… Once again, we just play and if it sounds cool, we’ll keep
it. This is how we as a band sound like, everything we did was a
conscious decision. We’re an honest act. What you see are what you get.
responsible for writing the songs and the lyrics on the new album?
much always been Johan and I writing the music. He has a riff and we
start to build the song around that. Later on whenever we have a couple
of new songs we’ll do a quick and rough demo recording, just something
for me to have while working on the lyrics and vocal patterns. This time
around I wrote all of the lyrics except for two. A good friend of mine,
Kevin Marshall wrote most of the lyrics and I would just rewrite some
shit so it fitted. Still this time both Kevin Marshall and another
friend of mine Oskar Pålsson from Coldworker contributed with some nice
the main theme on ‘The Redlight Murder Case' is clear, but can you
clarify some lyrics / song titles for us.
thought it would be a fun thing to base the song titles and the lyrics
on giallo movies. You know those rather violent Italian produced
splatter / horror / detective movies? As a matter of fact, all of the
song titles are directly taken from movies from that very genre.
Deranged has always lyrics wise been a splatter horror movie based band.
Just reflect my big interest for the genre.
you please describe the implications of the title ‘The Redlight Murder
would just be suitable for the above mentioned idea I had… There’s
indeed something sleazy about red light districts, right?
important is it to you that people pay attention to the lyrics apart
from listening to the music?
honest, I put a lot more time and energy on trying to do a good vocal
pattern then a good lyric you know… Still, the lyrics have always been a
big part of what the band is all about.
was it to come up with a follow-up on your previous album ‘Obscenities
personally really like the “Obscenities… “ CD. Probably along with “The
Redlight…” the two Deranged CD’s that nowadays reflect our sound. How we
sound today. Still, it was rather easy to top the “Obscenities…” disc.
Once again, not that I’m saying it’s a bad CD or anything just that one
grows musically with time you know… At least, Deranged does.
writing, what is according to Deranged the utmost important ingredient
for a song?
If we the
band likes it.
the writing process again, is there any typical way that a Deranged song
comes into being? What comes first, lyrics or melodies? Is it like you
sit down and write a new song because you need more material now or do
you wait until you get an idea?
do the music first. We usually start to write whenever we need new music
but if we have no ideas, we’ll just jam some old songs. No need in
forcing anything you know. Earlier would we be only constantly writing
for a certain period of time. This time around would we only be working
on the new songs once a week and that was it. Rest of the time would we
be jamming old songs or whatever… That was rather good. Gave one
perspective and time to figure out whether it was something good or not
recently signed a deal with ‘Regain Records’, what was the reason why
you joined them and give this change also a positive reaction on the
recording of ‘The Redlight Murder Case’?
signed to Listenabel Rec. earlier but things weren’t working out. They
wanted one thing and we another and it come to a point where at least I
felt that we couldn’t continue. I knew Regain Rec. since before and
pretty much just gave them a call and wondered if they wanted to give it
recorded this album, (like your previous album) in the Berno Studios,
was this a conscious choice?
been recording at Berno’s since ´94 or something. We have recorded lots
of CD’s over there. Not only with Deranged, also with other
constellations. Mean, Berno is like a good half hour drive from where I
live so it’s not only a great studio, also located damn near so why go
for something else?
the recording process proceed and how much time did you spend in the
like a damn cliché but everything worked out real smooth. No real
hassles or fuck ups whatsoever. We spent all in all 14 days recording,
mixing and mastering the album.
the difference between the recording process from the previous albums?
honest, more or less the same… We just went in and played and that was
received any feedback on the new album yet? How do you feel about this
album – are you satisfied with the outcome or would you have liked to
have changed anything in retrospective?
it sounds like a cliché but the response we have got so far have been
really great. A lot of people actually claim that it’s our best CD so
far so… There’s always some small shit here and there you wish would had
turned out differently, both song and production wise but hell… We’ll
just make it better the next time you know.
have any favorites on ‘The Redlight Murder Case’, songs that you think
are somehow above the others and what about the CD are you most proud
might be the songs we’ll be doing live. “Watch Me When I Kill”, “The
Killer Wore Black Gloves”, “Gently Before She Dies”, “The Redlight
Murderess” and “Death Walks On High Heels”.
songs and bands do you listen to these days?
As a matter
of fact, I’ve been listening a lot to more hardcore and metalcore acts
like Sworn Enemy, Full Blown Chaos, Hatebreed, Pro-Pain and Agnostic
Front lately just to mention a few. Except from that I’ve been listening
a lot to the new Disfear CD.
your opinion on the (death) metal scene these days, is there anything
honest, there are so many new acts popping up nowadays that are fucking
great. You have for example Dawn Of Demise from Denmark and Voltyuron
from Sweden. As for missing anything… It would be a higher public
attendance at shows and that people bought more CD’s.
album has been your biggest musical influence, one that made you think
“this is what I want to do!”?
I would say
“Reign In Blood”. Not the most original choice but it was the first more
extreme metal album, except from Venom I heard…
you could choose three bands to get on stage with, who would they be?
I would say
Gwar just coz I enjoy watching them live… Besides that, just about any
band that we would get along with. Doesn’t matter really…
seven albums under your belt, how far has Deranged surpassed your
original dreams and what would you say is the most rewarding part of
being in the band?
first started out, our dream or more correct goal was to write a couple
of decent songs and record a demo tape. We did so… After that our main
focus was to release a 7”s single. We released two… You see, one got to
put up smaller goals all the time just to keep things going. The most
rewarding thing is naturally to play a sold out show with an insane mosh
pit and constant stage dive.
tell us a little bit about yourself personally and the kinds of things
that motivate you in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics. What
are you personally into?
I would say
I’m pretty much a music nerd in general. Music is pretty much what I’m
doing and besides that, just watches a lot of movies. And as for what
actually motivates me to do what I’m doing… I would say coz I enjoy
doing it. Reason enough.
where do you see Deranged going to the coming years, or do you not think
to the future too much?
on doing what we’re doing but do it better.
about touring ? Are you going on a European tour as a support act, or
will we see you in the smaller, but nicer, clubs as a headliner?
We have a
few shows coming up later on this month and besides that we have plenty
of festivals to do this summer. Might possible we’ll do a European tour
as support act later on this year. We’ll see what happens.
anything left unmentioned? Any last statement or anything you'd like to
Ahlgren - Bass
Rikard Wermén - Drums
Axelsson - Guitar
Schönherr - Vocals
- Vocals, Bass
Deblèn - Vocals, Drums
Sandberg - Vocals
Asenov - Bass
Dan Bengsston - Bass
Of Perversions (1994) MCD
Of The Dead (1996) MCD
in B Flat (2006)
The Redlight Murder Case (2008)