BEAST IN BLACK

BERSERKER

Nuclear Blast

Released: 3-11-2017

 

Beast in Black took the metal community by storm last year, when they released their debut album “Berserker” (out Nov 3rd) via Nuclear Blast. And for good reason too, as the album is an interesting mix of pop vibes, powerful guitar riffs and impressive vocal delivery, all wrapped up in a power metal extravaganza. The band was formed in 2015, after guitarist Anton Kabanen and Battle Beast parted ways due to musical difference, and joined forces with Yannis Papadopoulos (vocals), Máté Molnas (bass), Sami Hänninen (drums) and Kasperi Heikkinen (guitars) to fulfill his original visions of making music that was similar to that of his own idols – Judas Priest, Manowar, WASP, and Accept.

 

And “Berserker” offers everything a metalhead would want on an album, from heavy metal anthems, to catchy sing-along moments, to soaring choruses, to even some disco metal pieces to remind listeners of the 80s’ pomp. Basically, it caters to all tastes and styles, being a very fun and entertaining listen through. The album is off to a very strong start with the explosive, guitar-driven “Beast in Black”, a track that was inspired by a character from the ‘Berserker’ manga.

Tracklist:

 

1. Beast in Black

2. Blind and Frozen

3. Blood of a Lion

4. Born Again

5. Zodd the Immortal

6. The Fifth Angel

7. Crazy, Mad, Insane

8. Hell for all Eternity

9. Eternal Fire

10. Go to Hell

11. End of the World

12. Ghost in the Rain



Powerhouse singer, and ex-Wardrum vocalist, Yannis Papadopoulos proves from the start that he has got what it takes to front this metal band, going from soft melodic singing, to full blown screaming while Kasperi’s guitar solo is unbelievably good. But Yannis really shows his chops on the pounding “Born Again” where he goes from high to lows with ease, in a very Rob Halford sort of way.

The highly infectious “Blind and Frozen” has a solid pop feel to it as I can easily imagine Backstreet Boys doing a cover version of this song. However the guitars and the drums give it a very sharp metal edge while the synths create a beautiful soundscape that goes hand in hand with the vocal melody. Still, it is “Crazy, Mad, Insane” that takes the cake as the most pop-ish track on the album, as it sounds like a metal remix of a lost ABBA song, hence the disco metal reference earlier in this review. The trio of metal-pop blend is completed by “Eternal Fire” where the synths remind me so much of Europe’s “Final Countdown”, but the very upfront bass line and pretty great vocals and guitar work make it a good headbanger.

 

The album also offers solid (power) metal moments, and undoubtedly the epic “Zodd the Immortal” is among the best as it is one of the most aggressive tracks on the album, where again Yannis shows off his range this time effortlessly going from harsh vocals, to clean singing, to screams. Other contenders are “Blood of a Lion” and “Go to Hell”, which are quite good with their catchy sing-along chorus and fast-paced guitars. The only ballad of the album is the closing track “Ghost in the Rain” which indeed brings the album to an end in a very classy and old-school heavy metal way.

Bottom line is that “Berserker” is a multi-faced beast that showcases Anton’s creative power. True enough is goes from one end of the metal spectrum to the other but it is still a cohesive and coherent album, and, as I stated earlier, a highly entertaining listen.

 

I rate it with an 8.5 / 10.

 

Follow the band online:

https://www.facebook.com/beastinblackofficial/

http://www.beastinblack.com/

https://www.instagram.com/bib_band/

 

By Andrea

24-1-2018

Line-up:

 

Yannis Papadopoulos (vocals)

Máté Molnas (bass)

Sami Hänninen (drums)

Kasperi Heikkinen (guitars)

Anton Kabanen (guitars)