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WLM Reviews: Beast In Black – Berserker

November 9, 2017

Sometimes when turmoil hits a band, the outcome can be disastrous. In this case, that’s quite the opposite… Beast In Black is a brand new band to the metal scene that was born after the departure of former Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen in 2015 due to internal musical disagreements with him and the band. Flash forward to now and his new band Beast In Black have a brand, spankin’ new album titled Berserkerinfluenced by the Japanese manga and anime. That same year in 2015, the band was born and at the end of the year, the band already opened for Nightwish. The album has lots of enticing elements such as galloping, electronics, catchy rhythms and of course killer guitar solos as Anton Kabanen proved how beastly he performs on guitar since his Battle Beast days. There’s enough familiarity to think of the former band with some hints of modern epicness yet a generous amount of originality to set them apart and into their own league.

Starting things epic and tasty, galloping in, the title track Beast In Black will send shivers down your spine. You’ll hear horns, triumphant gang vocals, a continuous drive of double bass a la power metal and some spot-on clean shredding later on. I can assure you this will be one of the favorite tracks of many. Blind and Frozen has some of that Battle Beast flair and melody, meanwhile vocalist Yannis Papadopoulos brings in those extremely high pitched screams, nonetheless a catchy track. Blood Of A Lion follows similar suit in it’s catchy melody and rhythms, yet there’s a victorious essence that will make you want to go to war. Another epic track, you will never lose with a track such as this one.

Zodd The Immortal veers off the more electronic and epic path the album starts out with and takes on a more traditional metal route. The leads hook you in and eventually will come to an eargasmic groovy breakdown later on. This riff-driven track is impossible to not check out. Crazy, Mad, Insane is an electronic orgy. I felt like I was in an 80’s dark industrial metal synthwave with this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from terrible and will expand your musical tastes if you’re open to it. End Of The World aptly titled as such, is easily in headbanger territory. You’ll hear those synthy sounds made famous by Sabaton and just the energy on this one is unfathomable compared to the rest of the album. Interestingly enough, a ballad was saved for the end as is the case with Ghost In The Rain. A lot slower, more melodic and emotional, vocalist Yannis, showcases cleaner and smoother vocals on this track compared to his more power metal side and screams as conveyed with the rest of the album. A more heartfelt solo is present on this last track as well as some appropriate piano pieces to stimulate the track on a poignant end.

Overall, the majority of the album is indeed epic and quite memorable I may add. Aside from the ballad at the end, you’ll experience tumultuous forms of energy from these rising power metal artists. An astounding album to make their debut on, you can count this one on being in my top 13 albums of the year. The first batch of tracks remained on the more epic side of metal and though I can’t get enough of it, from an artistic viewpoint, I hope their next album incorporates more variety than staying on just epic. But regardless, this elated album will drive you into warrior mode and nothing will stand in the way of your goals with the Beast In Black on your side! Stay Metal \m/

Official Website: http://www.beastinblack.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beastinblackofficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BIB_band

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