June 15, 2024

Picture: Rocksteady Studios

In 2011, Warner Bros. and WaterTower Music put collectively a compilation album for Rocksteady’s open-world superhero recreation Batman: Arkham Metropolis. The album featured some fairly massive names like Panic! on the Disco, Blaqk Audio, and Serj Tankian, all contributing authentic songs meant to pay tribute to the caped crusader. Amongst them was progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria, whose music “Deranged” was one of many promotional tracks for the document. These days, the album has been faraway from most streaming platforms, and you’ll solely discover remnants of it in fan-uploaded tracks on locations like Spotify. However at present, Coheed and Cambria re-released “Deranged,” and a small piece of Batman historical past is again on streaming companies the place the band can reap the advantages.


Coheed is re-releasing “Deranged” alongside a brand new music titled “The Joke.” In keeping with the vinyl single’s retailer web page, “The Joke” isn’t a music from the band’s upcoming album, however is extra of a “bridge” between its most up-to-date one, “Vaxis II: The Window of the Waking Thoughts,” and its subsequent. The band says the only felt higher paired with a re-release of “Deranged,” and given the music’s themes of creating a “joke” of somebody, the parallels are fairly obvious. The band even makes a fairly overt tribute to The Joker within the music’s music video, which encompasses a Joker-like character plaguing the thoughts of Al the Killer, a personality from the Amory Wars story informed within the band’s albums.

Coheed and Cambria

Admittedly, “Deranged” has by no means been my favourite Coheed music, nevertheless it’s good to see not less than one music from the Batman: Arkham Metropolis album discover its means again onto streaming companies beneath Coheed’s label, the place the band could make a number of cents. “The Joke,” in the meantime, is so groovy that I already know I’m gonna have it on repeat all day. Zach Cooper killing it on the bass with this one.

The Batman: Arkham collection hasn’t had a correct motion recreation since 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight, however Camouflaj is making a brand new VR recreation set within the universe referred to as Batman: Arkham Shadow, which can be coming to Meta Quest 3 later this 12 months. There’s additionally Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, which, uh, your mileage could fluctuate.