With this band, it's all about blast beats baby. Apparently, though yet to be fully ratified by the Guinness Organisation for the record book, this album breaks the world speed record for drumming. Well, I'm not sure if that makes this album great or not, but for industro-pummelling blast beatery, no band beats these guys for 909 kick drum fury.
Berzerker have a rather anti-social tendency to cover their pretty faces... or on that note perhaps there's a motive. Though it would be unwise to compare The Berzerker with Slipknot, as I feel it will be a while before kids start rocking out to these guys - as their venom spitting duo of vocalists blare over churning extreme death metal riffs and machine-gun beats.
With tracks like 'The Principles And Practices Of Embalming', The Berzerker look to attack humanity from beyond mankind [sic], sampling a wide range of macabre and zombie-filmesque pieces of dialogue and dictation, which in my childish opinion makes this band cool.
Not only are they all about the blast beats, but there's some serious flange being thrown in here. If there were to be a school for studies in death metal, these guys and Carcass would be giving seminars on effects to create an engineered sonic wall of noise. Speaking of Carcass, they've done a cover of 'Corporal Jigsore Quandary' at the end of the album, a nice touch that shows how far the band has taken the genre of extreme-metal from Carcass' heyday.
With quotes like "Death reveals to man what he really is", "He who makes a beast of himself is free from the pain of being a man" and a short dialogue about cutting animals' hearts in half, it's plain to see that 'Dissimulate' is deeply rooted in gorecore styling. Thing is, some of those snare rolls are really agitating, and really grind against the sound of the band; whilst maintaining an amazing pace throughout, less 'PANG' would certainly go far. Nice try though.
6Ralph Cowling's Score