Sound: This is Deranged Youth's fifth release and their first full length. Their sound has been getting consistently better over the last few EPs and this is definitely their high point so far. This time around it's not just guitar-bass-drums-vocals, there are multiple guitar and vocal harmonies in the mix. We hear a lot more singing on this release than on previous ones as well as the inclusion of an 8 string guitar. The lower strings aren't used constantly, however, only when a riff could use some extra weight.
Although it certainly isn't professional quality, this is the best sounding Deranged Youth material I've heard to date. // 9
Lyrics: Deranged Youth is a hardcore punk band, but their lyrics rarely reflect that. The lyrical themes are generally about depression, anxiety, alienation and attacks on modern society. We hear more of this on this record, only now there is more actual singing mixed in with all the yelling. There are quite a few multi-part vocal harmonies, such as in "Darkest Day" and "Brain Cell" and some big sounding gang vocals, such as in "Hipster Holocaust" and "Touch of Violence." The singer's ability isn't soaring, but has improved since the last EP. // 7
Overall Impression: This is far and away the best Deranged Youth release so far. For a basement recording it holds up sonically and feels like there is far more too it than there is, what with it being only 18 minutes long. From the instrumental Intro to their closing opus, "Who I Am," it's a high speed barrage of chaos. Some songs, such as "A-shat," "Day to Forget" and "Touch of Violence" are old school hardcore through and through, while other songs vary in style, such as the turn-of-the-century-AFI-styled "Brain Cell" or "Hipster Holocaust," which sounds almost like a mini Dethklok song.
I feel a professional quality recording of these guys would really bring out the overpowered parts of this band. For example, "Darkest Day" is probably their most technical song, but some of the technicality is lost in the recording quality. There's a lot of new material on this record, and the songs that have been released on older EPs are vastly improved with the recording quality. Overall this is a solid release from Deranged Youth. // 8