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Review: Berserk - Return of the Ancient Laws
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Return of the Ancient Laws

Label: Oaken Shield Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 40:09
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 11, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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I got all excited when I received this, thinking it was a new Berserk album, but it's actually just a rerelease of their original demo with some bonus tracks added. Berserk are one of my favorite underground BM acts, and I have had their last album "Rites Of Supremacy" in heavy rotation for over a year now, so I am still pleased to have this.

This disc does two things: it shows why this band got signed in the first place, and it proves they are a pretty damned good live band too. The first four tracks are the original demo songs (one of which is just a keyboard intro), two of which later ended up on their debut album. Before they were signed these guys recorded in a garage and mixed on a home PC, so the sound is pretty thin, but good considering what they had to work with. The live songs are impressive, as not only is the sound solid, but the band is very tight and slams out the tunes with real conviction. Nazak's clean vocals maybe sound a bit off in a live setting, but overall the performance is very good.

All that said, this is really a release for fans, like me. If you don't know Berserk, I would advise starting with their last full-length album, as that is their best work so far. As a fan it's cool to hear the live versions and to have the original demo tracks, but I don't see this release being very exciting to those not already into Berserk. Recommended for fans.


Track Listing:
  1. The Wind Marks Us Its Celtiberian Law
  2. Forest Of Souls In The Wolf's Land
  3. The Great Celtiberia
  4. La Tene's Sons
  5. Cries Of Blood And Hate (live)
  6. Astapa's Ashes (live)
  7. Gaze At The Sky (live)
  8. Lost Wisdom (Burzum cover, live)
Other related information on the site
Review: Cries of Blood and Hate (reviewed by Pagan Shadow)
Review: Cries of Blood and Hate (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Rites of Supremacy (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: …From the Celtiberian Woods (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with Lord Monk (bass) on September 14, 2003 (Interviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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