British technical/progressive metal wonders-in-the-making Derange are back with their new EP, ‘Senses Part Two’, and have managed to score just as well as they did with the first half of it.
Most of the songs are clearly dominated by vocalist Cat Pereira, and her phenomenal way of easily switching between eerie cleans and guttural screams. The balance of the two and the sheer power of her voice, especially on ‘Forgotten’, are what sets Derange apart from most other bands currently reigning in the tech metal scene.
Sonically, the band are quite obviously heavily influenced by the likes of Periphery and Karnivool. Yet, despite the riffs being their usual technical chaos, most of it is still groovy and accessible enough to almost be radio-friendly, and not in a bad way.
On ‘We Are’, the instruments even manage to outshine Pereira for once. ‘Outshining each other’ is the only thing to nag about on this release; the imbalance of vocals and instrumentals are sometimes too strong and things get lost in the middle of it, but when they work together, the results are stunning.
Nevertheless, Derange are here to stay and have delivered another fantastic piece of art with ‘Senses Part Two’.