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The Berzerker
World of Lies
April 2006
Released: 2005, Earache Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

In their continuous quest to be the fastest, heaviest and most extreme band to ever come out of Australia, WORLD OF LIES sees The Berzerker return after a four-year absence. This has always been essentially a one-man studio project, as Luke Kenny writes, produces, mixes, masters and plays just about everything on The Berzerker’s albums and then enlists a touring lineup for the road. Long-time fans will not be disappointed as WORLD OF LIES features the same blindingly-fast grindcore and programmed industrial drum chaos of previous releases. The fact that the CD clocks in at nearly an hour will scare off some, but a five-minute track containing nothing but dead-air silence is followed by a 20-minute looped instrumental to close the album, so there is really only a half hour of what can actually be called “music” here. But for that half hour, buckle up because it’s a whiplash of a ride!



The migraine-inducing blend of ultra-fast industrial drumming and breakneck-paced grind comes right out of the gates on “Committed To Nothing.” The speed of the drumming is absolutely mind-blowing (a drum machine is used here after Gary split following the release of 2002’s DISSIMULATE) and in true grind fashion, riffing is done at a mile-a-minute and Kenny’s garbled vocals are completely unintelligible. “All About You” and “As The World Waits” have a bobbing groove and are a bit slower but no less intense. “World of Tomorrow” is laden with jackhammer blastbeats hitting you like a street fighter’s sucker punch, while “Y,” told from the perspective of a medical examiner/coroner is an interesting lyrical exploration of what a person dealing with death, blood and gore on a day-to-day basis is thinking. Taking a page from the black metal handbook, “Afterlife” is rife with buzzsaw riffing and treble-heavy blasting but the straight-ahead grind of “Never Hated More” firms up The Berzerker’s position as leaders in this genre, with gurgled roars, driving blasts and furious riffs.



To some, the five minutes of silence found in “____” is a welcome breather after being assaulted steadily for the previous half hour but the 20-minute album closer, “Farewell,” becomes an exercise in patience very quickly. Drawn from a slow, smooth riff exudes the experimental side of The Berzerker, but the looped segment repeats itself over and over and over…and over…FOR TWENTY MINUTES! Hearing this once was cool but I guarantee that the stop button will be forever be pressed after track 12.



Now that they have ditched the GWAR-lite masks, outfits and pseudonyms, The Berzerker can allow the music itself to be the focus instead of sideshow-like theatrics. I can only imagine the intensity of a live show by The Berzerker with drums that fly faster than a baseball card in the spokes of a kid’s bike and Kenny’s vocal delivery coming at you with the ferocity of a caged animal. Many bands can play speedy grind—Cattle Decapitation and Dying Fetus come to mind—but none do it better than The Berzerker and WORLD OF LIES continues the tradition of heavier, faster and more extreme that we have come to expect out of this band for ten years.



KILLER KUTS: “Committed To Nothing,” “All About You,” “World of Tomorrow,” “As The World Waits,” “Afterlife,” “Never Hated More”
Track Listing

1. Committed To Nothing
2. Black Heart
3. All About You
4. Burn The Evil
5. World of Tomorrow
6. Follow Me
7. "Y"
8. As The World Waits
9. Afterlife
10. Never Hated More
11. Free Yourself
12. Constant Pain
13. _____
14. Farewell

Lineup

Luke Kenny—Vocals/Programming
Jason—Guitar/Bass
Ed Lacey—Guitar/Bass
Sam Bean—Guitar/Bass/Vocals

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The Berzerker
World of Lies
July 2006
Released: 2005, Earache
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: Madman

The Berzerker, Australian for “beer”, or more rightly so, Australian for “gimmick”. WORLD OF LIES sits as The Berzerker’s third album and one that has seen much less press and publicity than prior album, DISSIMULATE and there are definite reasons for that.



Starting at some point in the mid-90’s The Berzerker began to meld the percussion of industrial music with the guitars and vocals of death metal. Of course that leaves The Berzerker well within the metal realm but the thing that was to make the band different (its use of hyper paced electronic drums) was the only redeeming (using that term loosely) value the band had. That, and internet hype about breaking supposed world records, which were never true anyway (of course this is not the band’s fault in the least). Last year brought the third album, “World of Lies” upon an unsuspecting metal scene, and I do mean unsuspecting since I didn’t hear a damn thing about it till it was sent to me in the mail.



The Berzerker’s brand of hyperspeed death metal is still in full swing on WORLD OF LIES. The drums being as synthetic sounding as possible to offset the guitars and vocals, though it would be much more interesting if the band attempted to make the guitars and vocals sound as cold and synthetic as Fear Factory or even Meshuggah, could make an interesting sound I would think but as it is, the overall sound is somewhat weak and doesn’t fit.



The sound The Berzerker has might fit if the music worked and accented what they were trying to do, but in most cases it doesn’t. It’s just fast death metal with incredibly fast snare work, it’s cool for the first few minutes but there’s nothing lasting here. The riffs are bland and lifeless and make me wonder how much thought was really put into the music here. For the most part fast sections are used just so that they can throw in some fast snare or bass patterns and slow sections are just thrown around in a lame attempt to add some dynamics. The thing is, it doesn’t work if you don’t feel it and I most certainly don’t. There is one section that works in “Follow Me” where the song slows down and the riff reminds one of modern Morbid Angel. Unfortunately this one shining moment doesn’t bode well for the album as it has nothing of merit, nothing that makes it rise above.



The Berzerker are a gimmick and a gimmick only. Their sound could work, but only with enough imagination, which the band clearly does not have.
Track Listing

1. Committed to Nothing
2. Black Heart
3. All About You
4. Burn the Evil
5. World of Tomorrow
6. Follow Me
7. Y
8. As The World Waits
9. Afterlife
10. Never Hated More
11. Free Yourself
12. Constant Pain
13. Silence
14. Farewell

Lineup

Luke Kenny - Vocals
Ed Lacey - Guitar
Jay - Guitar
Adrian Naudi - Guitar
Sam Bean - Bass

Other reviews

» Dissimulate
by The Punishment Due

» World of Lies
by Lord of the Wasteland

» World of Lies
by Madman

» Animosity
by Waspman


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Previous review: » The Berzerker - Dissimulate





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