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Coheed and Cambria, ‘Deranged’ – Song Review

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In 2004, Coheed and Cambria were celebrated as one of MTV’s emo darlings with the song, ‘A Favor House Atlantic.’ They soon found themselves slotted side-by-side with bands such as Hawthorne Heights and From First to Last — a comparison which seemed to cause Coheed and Cambria to seriously re-think their creative direction.

Since their musical 180, Coheed and Cambria have transformed into a respected progressive rock band, convincing fans and haters alike that their abilities reach beyond a catchy three-minute single. Seven years after their mainstream success, Coheed have released ‘Deranged,’ written exclusively for the soundtrack of the highly-anticipated video game ‘Batman: Arkham City.’

‘Deranged’ begins in almost Fall Out Boy fashion, but don’t be fooled by the poppy intro, ‘Deranged’ is masterfully crafted. Frontman Claudio Sanchez refrains from singing in his trademark helium soprano, carrying the song with a soulful yet twisted vocal style which fits ‘Deranged’ perfectly. Drummer Chris Penne also deserves special mention for his unique parts which fit seamlessly into the piece. ‘Deranged’ also manages to remain catchy while refraining from the typical poppy song structure.

It is obvious from first listen that an incredible amount of thought has been put into ‘Deranged.’ Sanchez commented on his vision for the song, stating, “I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed and Cambria, but Batman has a much larger, defined history and rules that go along with it. My goal was to find universal themes from Batman’s existing history to help give the lyrics legs and dimension so that the song could live within that world.”

‘Deranged’ is a unique and captivating listen which will certainly satisfy Coheed and Cambira fans and give haters something to reconsider.

“Batman: Arkham Asylum – The Album” drops on Oct. 4, two weeks before the game itself is released on Oct. 18.

Listen to Coheed and Cambria’s ‘Deranged’

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