The Bezerker - _World of Lies_
(Earache Records, 2005)
by: Jackie Smit (6.5 out of 10)
For all the hoopla surrounding The Bezerker's B-horror imagery and gory music videos, their novelty value ultimately lasted for no longer than about half of their debut record. It was at that point I expect many listeners probably realised that there were far more interesting prospects in extreme music than a band who lifted Carcass riffs wholesale and played them against a wall of sequenced drum loops. Subsequently their sophomore effort, 2002's _Dissimulate_ -- a markedly more enjoyable and engaging album --, seemed to pass the underground collective relatively noticed. Whether the same fate awaits _World of Lies_ remains to be seen, but what is certain is that you'll go far to hear a more punishing death/grind record in 2005.

Openers "Committed to Nothing" and "Black Heart" don't so much unleash a barriage of sonic torment, but obliterate everything in its path. Commendably, the band have also made a concerted effort to steer away from the Carcass-isms that plagued their previous works. Yet this seems to create its own paradox: with increased technicality and noticeably stronger songwriting, songs like "As the World Waits" and "Constant Pain" only seem to highlight that the band's use of sequenced beats has run its course. This, of course, poses the question whether the band should change what has become one of its trademarks or opt for something different altogether. How the band answers this, we'll likely only find out in about two or three years' time. Until then, _World of Lies_ should hold our attention for a month or so.

Contact: http://www.theberzerker.com

(article published 2/1/2006)


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