Released: 2005, Earache Records
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”