BEAST IN BLACK

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Berserker

NU­CLEAR BLAST

For­mer Bat­tle Beast linch­pin runs with a new pack When An­ton Ka­ba­nen left Bat­tle Beast cit­ing mu­si­cal dif­fer­ences, it never seemed ter­ri­bly likely that he would veer off on some un­ex­pected mu­si­cal tan­gent. Do­ing pre­cisely what he has avowed to do since the split, Beast In Black feel very much like the nat­u­ral con­tin­u­a­tion of the first two Bat­tle Beast al­bums, with a sound that is pur­pose­fully de­voted to fly­ing the heavy metal flag. The best news is that we now have two bril­liant bands for the price of one. Berserker kicks off with the band’s tit­u­lar theme, a vi­cious and sat­is­fy­ing ex­plo­sion of balls-out, synth-driven speed metal. It con­tin­ues through mul­ti­ple shades of gritty but pol­ished old-school fe­roc­ity with uni­formly enor­mous melodies, briefly stop­ping off to bait the purists with the in­sane (and bizarrely ir­re­sistible) disco-metal knees-up of Crazy, Mad, In­sane. Bat­shit, bril­liant and metal as fuck. FOR FANS OF: STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARC­TICA, THUNDERSTONE

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