Deranged

Album: Batman: Arkham City: The Album (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This was penned for the soundtrack of the video game Batman: Arkham City. Frontman Claudio Sanchez said of the song: "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."
  • Sanchez told Kerrang! magazine the story of the song: "Our manager called me in and asked me if I was interested in this game called Arkham City. One of my favorite games of the year prior was Arkham Asylum. I'm a big fan. So I got home and I started working on the track right away - guitars, vocals, I even put drums on it. I even took pre-existing pieces from trailers that were already out and started to cut my own trailer to it so that the music fit visually with all the stuff that I'd seen. I wanted it to be as great as it could possibly be."
  • Sanchez explained the song's story to Kerrang!: "It was about that dynamic between him and The Joker, because at the end of the day, he's at the top of Batman's list. For me, it was like, 'Okay, what if that character were to be lost indefinitely? How would the absence of that character affect Batman>?' So, basically it's coming from The Joker's perspective as to who's going to be the next at the top of your list? No-one, no-one can take my place there, so without me, you're nothing."

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