The Berzerker


The Berzerker - Dissimulate ©2002 Earache
1. Disregard
2. Failure
3. The Principles And Practices Of Embalming
4. No One Wins
5. Death Reveals
6. Compromise
7. Betrayal
8. Last Mistake
9. Painless
10. Pure Hatred
11. Paradox
12. Abandonment
13. Untitled
14. Corporal Jigsore Quandary

It's about time people realized that "extreme" does not mean programming your drum machine to go off like machine guns (or in the case of The Berzerker, a live drummer who uses triggers so excessively that they might as well make more room in the touring van by just having a drum machine). There is nothing particularly special or creative about this sort of approach. In fact, it's entirely washed out, weak and pedestrian. Why anyone would think The Berzerker is pushing the envelope with their style is beyond me. Dissimulate is a frustratingly dismal outing that only shows promise in the untitled thirteenth track. Beyond that, you get nothing more than a drum machine set at "max" (think Agoraphogic Nosebleed without the charm), hodge-podge riffs plastered over top and some guy clearing his sinuses at you. Oh, and to show how avantgarde they really are, The Berzerker has a collection of between song samples. I'm so incredibly floored at this stunning development of extremeness!

Dissimulate is a mess. It lacks dynamics, impact and the ability to make a worthy impression. If the Berzerker wishes to push the envelope, perhaps they should attempt to first come up with memorable music.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2004

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