Here is a new interview with the legendary Swedish brutal death,grind band Derange.Read about the bands past and future plans and about their newest release "Struck By A Murderous Siege" which will be released through the mighty Agonia Rec.And keep checking back as their are tons of upcoming interviews and review blogs very soon.
Interview with Deranged done by Patrick
1.Hello How are things in Sweden going these days?Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi Patrick, and thanks for the interview. Things are well in Sweden right now, the autumn is here and we are preparing for a couple of gigs in Indonesia + the release of our new album so we're keeping busy! I'm Andreas, bass player in Deranged since 2009.
2.You all formed Deranged in 1991 what gave you guys the idea to start this band?
Well, based on stories Rikard (Wermén, drums) has told about that time – he's the only original founding member left today – it was the usual business: bored teens in a sleepy village listening to early grindcore and death metal watching gory horror flicks, nothing to do, just wanting to grind out some noise. So that's what they did, and Deranged was formed. There wasn't really any scene here down south to speak of (compared to Stockholm or later in Gothenburg) so I guess that allowed the early Deranged line-ups to evolve a sound of their own, based more on the early goregrind and brutal death metal bands from UK and the US, more than what all the bands around them were playing.
3.How would you say Deranged's music has changed over the years since the beginning of the band to present day?
Well, you'd be the judge of that, as listener. Since I only joined seven years ago, the Deranged back catalogue... how should I say it, I don't approach it chronologically; I focus on the songs we rehearse, regardless if they're from 1996, 2006 or 2016. I can hear a growth in Thomas' song writing from Cut Carve Rip Serve (2011) to Struck by a Murderous Siege (2016), obviously, with an increasing level of detail and individuality. And the earlier albums became increasingly tight and musically skilled, that's only logical. But except for the number of slow(er) songs increasing, it's still the same general formula: fast and brutal death metal.
4. Deranged is getting ready to release their ninth full-length "Struck By A Murderous Siege" through Agonia Rec. how did the band come in contact with this great label?
First, we weren't even planning on doing a full length this year. We recorded four songs in January, to be released as two separate 7" Eps on two different labels. But we gave it a shot and sent the songs to a couple of bigger labels, and we had positive response from two of them – and Agonia was the one with the best offer. So suddenly we had to write and record four more songs before autumn! Which came out great; working with a deadline is always good for creativity...
5.Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write the music?
The usual M.O. is that Thomas (Ahlgren, guitar) comes with riffs and more or less finished song structures, which he and Rikard hammers out more or less on their own, with input from me and Anders (Johansson, vocals) – though most of the time they've done a good enough job so we don't have to say anything, haha. Lyrics and vocal arrangements and bass lines comes afterward.
6.Are any of the bands past releases still available for the fans to buy and if yes do you know any labels or distro's that might carry your releases?
I'm sure there are! The albums released on Listenable (III, the self-titled, Plainfield Cemetery and Obscenities in B flat) should be readily available, the ones on Regain as well (High on blood and Red light murder case). And the two on Sevared Records (Cut carve rip serve and Morgue Orgy) from his distro in the US. You'll just have to do some digging...
7.Are their any tours or shows planned for 2016 or 2017 in support of the new release? If yes where are some countries the band will be playing?
Yes! We will. First two gigs in Indonesia in November, then a release gig in our hometown in December. Spain and Portugal in March/April, then some more dates in Europe in May. Plans for the summer as well, we will keep you posted...
8.Any idea who are some bands you all will be touring with? What have been some of Deranged's most memorable shows over the years?
The stuff I mentioned above is on our own/with local bands or at festivals. Our booking agency, Doomstar, is looking into some cool stuff for the summer of 2017, but nothing confirmed yet.
Memorable shows? Oh there's been quite a few. I think the Rock in Solo festival in Indonesia was the most exceptional; first of all getting flown in from half across the world to do one show in the afternoon (stage time at five in the afternoon) was ridiculous, in a good way. Then we had to cut short and skip the last song, because it was 18:00, so time for the local mosque to do their stuff with the muezzin you know. And obviously they can't have some open air festival with noisy death metal next door, so time was up for us. The set was closed with... "God is dead". Hah! Add to that a couple of thousand (!) moshing Indonesians, with everyone wanting to shake hands after the gig... that was a great weekend. Let's see how Indonesia treats us this time around. (Also, driving from Moscow to Yekaterinburg and back over a week crammed into a tiny minibus was an experience in itself, but that's for another interview.)
9.How would you say the underground metal scene has changed over the years?
Oh wow, that's a big question. Of course it has changed along with all other music with the "digital revolution" – I came into the whole deal right when mp3's took off with Napster etc, so I missed the "good old days of tape trading" that people go on and on about. I guess it's the same as always; trends come and go and with them we have genre tourists who wants to get in on what's hot right now and then fall away once the initial taste has faded (like the hipster invasion we had in black metal a couple of years ago)... but at the core you will always have the fanatics, regardless of what subgenre we're talking about. And it's the fanatics, the stalwarts and die-hards that keeps it going; those of us who dedicate our lives to the underground, regardless of what segment of it we dabble in (musician, organizer, distributor et c). It's always easy to ridicule modernity and grow nostalgic about the state of things some decades ago, but that's just a waste of time.
10. Deranged comes out of the mighty Swedish death metal scene what is your opinion of Sweden's metal scene over the years?
Ah... actually only yesterday I was DJ:ing at an Entombed AD gig here in Malmö, reflecting on how little I've cared for Swedish death metal in general. I never got into the early SweDM bands, with a few exceptions, so I'm really the last guy you should ask about this. In terms of death metal, I've always been more into the early US/UK stuff. The Swedish scene in general, I think it's the same as I answered above: you have the die-hards who never leave, never will give up, and then you have the tourists who are into it to ... I don't know really, but not of a life-long passion for the music. Trends come and go and we have both many trendsetters and a lot more followers in this country. And every now and then some true visionaries leading the way!
11.Who are some of your all time favorite Swedish bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?
All time favourite Swedish bands? Bathory, without a doubt. Right now? I have no idea. Especially nothing that could be relevant for any Deranged fan out there, hah! Go check out Gorgosaur and Coffin Creep I guess, two up and coming death metal bands from our region. And Resonance Cascade of course, my grindcore band (together with another old Deranged bass player).
12.Besides bands are their any good Swedish labels or distro's you feel the readers should check out soon?
Labels? Nordvis. If you enjoy foresty black metal. As for death metal... I don't know. Blood Harvest? Hah. I keep bad track of what's going on outside my own/friends' projects.
13.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Uhm... I don't really have that much free time not spent on music! Reading books I guess? Science fiction and horror mostly in case you're wondering. Eating sleeping fucking, whatever normal people do. Thomas drives steam engine trains and Anders and Rikard have kids and/or dogs.
14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thanks for the interview! SUPPORT UNDERGROUND EXTREME MUSIC!!!