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The Berzerker – Dissimulate

Australian master of Industrial Death Metal The Berzerker has returned with yet another blazing slab of stark, harshly brilliant aggression. Titled “Dissimulate” [Earache Records], it razes everything in its path. The Berzerker sets the standard for mechanized brutality. Everything else seems tame in comparison.

Blasting guitars pound through machine-precision rhythm assaults. Many samples, mostly spoken-word passages, are used as well. The vocals from fierce, guttural growls to intense shrieks. The Berzerker fuses elements of Industrial, Death, and Grindcore into a beautiful cataclysm of godlike devastation.

The most notable of these epic cuts include the jackhammer stomp of “Failure,” the frenzied punishment of “Disregard,” “Compromise,” “Abandonment,” and the sublime hostility of “Pure Hatred” (one of my favorites). And then there is the absolutely killer cover of the Carcass classic “Corporal Jigsaw Quandary.” It's amazing…

Overall, this is a stunning second effort that should not be missed. It's one of the best releases of 2002. Stay savage. Farewell.

Related Bands: Killing Spree, Godflesh, Acid Bath, Pain, Fear Factory, Skin Chamber, Soulstorm, Meathook Seed, etc.

Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION. Peace.

Bill Vogel III
Copyright 2002.
Courtesy of Stranger Aeons Magazine.

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