Berserk - _Rites of Supremacy_
(Oaken Shield / Adipocere, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (5 out of 10)
What we have here is Iberian black metal -- could this be the beginning of some stiff competition for the Viking subgenre? Unlikely, at least in this stage of Berserk's career. Berserk are from Spain and have already thrust upon the black masses an album titled _...From the Celtiberian Woods_ a while ago, but _Rites of Supremacy_ is the first I've actually heard from them. Their music is mostly mid-paced, semi-melodic black metal, with occasional keyboards and clean chants employed in the usual ways. In fact, as far as Iberian black metal goes, Berserk's music is not particularly distinctive, hence wasting a good opportunity. Production, songwriting and musicianship are all average, although the repetitive drumming adds to a certain lack of real dynamics in the music. This is partially compensated by the reasonable sense of atmosphere that Berserk achieve on _Rites of Supremacy_, but with its relatively lengthy song structures the album still isn't a very exciting affair. Berserk may still be on their way to something interesting, but they will definitely need to improve in certain areas if they are ever to get there.


(article published 14/3/2004)

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