This is an enjoyable venture into atmosphere. The songs are like soundtracks to strangeness instead of being songs per se. Yes, they are songs, but the structure and timing produce a mood, often unsettling, like being affected by a horror movie.
Yes, there is brutality, a distinctly heavy guitar sound, and death metal sort of rasping vocals, but the effect is more than just heaviness.
I’ve heard the album many times, and each new listening session produced more discovery, so if you want to invest in an album that will unfold in this manner, I recommend it.
Much respect is given to this band. I remember when I first interviewed the drummer for The Grimoire of Exalted Deeds he was cordial and answered questions as if we were old friends.
The video for “Killing Spree” is still one of the best death metal videos in my opinion.
I was dismayed when the singer, Per, left the band. I accidentally ran into him at a show in New York and was happy to have had a chance to tell him how godly his vocals were, and I wished him luck with his label Regain Records.
You can imagine how happy I was to hear the new album. I never stopped listening to the band. Indeed, I would support it even if it were disco. The band has earned that kind of loyalty.
If you are familiar with Deranged then you really don’t even need a review. You will buy the album as soon as you hear that it is available.
If you never heard the band then perhaps you are new to the scene. In that case, you MUST get their “Rated X” album, and everything will fall in place from there. It is a death metal masterpiece. After that indoctrination you should get Deeds of Ruthless Violence out of respect, and then fill in the rest of the blanks in your collection.
Bill Zebub will release a memoir this week titled “Fanzine Editor, Radio Personality, and Movie Maker” alternatively called “Memoir of Exalted Deeds.”
It will recount the history of his various creative outlets but will focus primarily on his magazine. You will get an insight into his humor. Are you ready to see the wizard behind the curtain?
The original manuscript was 150,000 words, which is more than in an epic fantasy, so quite a lot had to be taken out.
He will begin work on a second memoir that will focus primarily on his movies. He had never provided a director’s commentary, so the book will be the first time that he will reveal certain information.
Both books will seem like a slapstick novel. Bill Zebub makes himself look like an idiot in his movies, but that is because he IS an idiot. There is no ego-stroking here.
If a fool like Bill Zebub can make a career out of movies and magazines, then you have no excuse.
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Bill Zebub’s first book of poetry and short stories was published on April Fool’s day, but it is not a joke. Rather, it is a collection of the tragedy that you might not expect from the King of Idiots (the head of a record label gave Bill Zebub that title).
The book is published in several countries, including Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and England, so you can go to the amazon site for those locations for more merciful shipping costs. The link in America is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086PL2C4N -spread the word.
This is also available as an eBook in MANY countries, including Australia, India, and Mexico, so check the amazon site for your region. In America, the eBook link is CLICK HERE.
Whichever format fits your needs, please support this very first work. Bill Zebub prefers reading actual books instead of words on the screen, but he knows that his own tastes are not generalize-able to the public. Both forms are very affordable.