Australian masters of grind THE BERZERKER will release their fifth album, titled "The Reawakening", through the band's own label Berzerker Industries in the fall.
Commented vocalist Luke Kenny: "The music once again has gotten even faster! I just can't write slow music!! The main difference with the writing process this time is we jammed on the riffs in the rehearsal space. I was actually playing the drums in the room with Ed Lacey (guitar). After we got down a bunch of great ideas we set about re-recording the guitar and I programmed pretty much the same beats that I was playing.
"It feels fucking great to be back behind the kit again. I'm slowly getting my speed back. I havent played in over 13 years (excluding the NILE tour where I had to for a week in 2003).
"Vocal-wise, I have come up with some fucking killer new rhythms and some really angry shouting vocal styles, this is without doubt some of the best stuff Ive done to date. Lyrically this has been an amazingly emotional outlet for me, in both a positive and negative way.
"To sum up... The spoken word samples are back, the electronics are back, the 'Dissimulate' drum sound is back, everythings back!! I've spent weeks going through my sample CDs looking for the right sounds, and Ive finally got them, every thing blends together so well.
"Next we move onto the mixing stage, then it's touring and promo time. For the fans the video camera has been pulled out to document the recording, but more on that later."
Luke added: "We have fulfilled our contract with Earache by releasing four full-length albums. And have now left the label. This has now given us the opportunity to branch out on our own by creating Berzerker Industries, our very own record label. We are currently in the final stages of recording the latest offering 'The Reawakening' and putting together the infrastructure for the business. (I'm actually writing this from my marketing class at university, as I'm also in the final stages of completing a business course.)
"This is the dawn of a new era for the band as well as a much needed injection of excitement for actually making music again.
"Berzerker Industries will change to way people buy BERZERKER albums, we will offer a mailorder-only purchase. (e.g. buy online and I will personally mail you a CD). The CD will NOT be available in stores. This is a throwback to an underground era of music sales and I believe is the future of the music industry, i.e. bands selling direct to their fans while removing themselves from the bullshit of the industry."
In other news, "We have replaced our guitarist with a native Swede Martin Bermheden and our drummer with the Aussie drum sensation (and my good mate) - Todd Hansen," concludes Kenny.
"The Reawakening" track listing:
01. Spare Parts
02. Internal Examination
03. Caught In The Crossfire
04. Harvesting A Loved One
05. The Deception
06. Your Final Seconds
07. The Evolution Of Aggression
08. Unforgotten Force
09. Disassembly Line
10. Wisdom And Corruption
THE BERZERKER has so far released four full-length albums: "The Berzerker" (2000), "Dissimulate" (2002), "World of Lies" (2005) and "Animosity" (2007), all through Earache Records. During the early part of their career as a live act, band members were identified only as The Vocalist, The Guitarist, The Bassist and The Drummer, distinguishable on stage only by the intricate monster masks they wore. However, the group has since abandoned this concept.
A DVD documentary, "The Principles and Practices of The Berzerker" (2004), includes several hours of live concert footage, as well as the first public images of the band members without their monster masks.
Most of the band's music videos have been banned from broadcast for reasons such as the possible epileptic fit-inducing imagery contained in the video "Forever", and the horrific imagery of "Reality". The latter features graphic images of cadavers and body parts, along with appearances from the band themselves.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/theberzerker.