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The Berzerker
December 2002
Released: 2002, Earache Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: The Punishment Due

I would call this hyper speed, industrial techno death/grind. It’s quite similar to the underground hardcore/techno hybrid known as “Gabber.” It took me a while to get used to this style, but in the end I found that it’s not radically different from standard death/grind, except for the insanely fast, mechanical blasts and techno beats. The music is very brutal, but for most death metal fans it is still very listenable.

Their drummer is unbelievably fast, very much on par with the godly Pete Sandoval. He’s not as good technically, but he definitely has the speed. The drum rhythms only really alternate between standard bass/snare, blast beats and droning double bass, but it’s all they need to create chaos! The riffing is very good indeed, with a heavy distortion similar to that of Annihilator’s WAKING THE FURY. There are lots of great licks and melodies all over this CD, but the overall structure of the songs are undoubtably designed for the mosh pit atmosphere. The bass sound has a real pummeling distortion that makes the music even more crushing.

Over the top of the grinding madness are high-pitched screams and low gutteral growls that combine together like Carcass and Exhumed. More like the later though, as they are almost impossible to make out. On that note, the last track is a cover of Carcass’ “Corporal Jigsore Quandray.” It’s a very good cover that pretty much sticks to the way the original is played, but it feels like a completely different song.

All in all, it’s a pretty good CD, but not something I’d keep going back to again and again. It’s great when you’re in a psyched up mood, or if you’re looking for something to play before you go out to a death metal gig. Anyone who likes brutal metal can get into this.
Track Listing

1. Disregard
2. No One Wins
3. Failure
4. The Principles And Practices Of Embalming
5. Death Reveals
6. Compromise
7. Betrayal
8. Last Mistake
9. Painless
10. Pure Hatred
11. Paradox
12. Abandonment
13. Corporal Jigsaw Quandry



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