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Review: Berserk - Cries of Blood and Hate
Cries of Blood and Hate

Label: Unexploded Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 48:52
Tracks: 8
Genre: Pagan Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 12, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Cries of Blood and Hate

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

Berserk is a Black Metal act that has two full lengths to its credit: From the Celtiberian Woods (2001) and Rites of Supremacy (2003). No small band since they have played alongside the likes of Behemoth, Carpathian Forest, Kampfar and Aes Dana.

Here too, we have a high quality Black Metal release with a good sound production, much to my liking. No fancy electronics involved, but very good/ heavy and crushing guitar work throughout the album. Nothing too complex or off the wall is offered, but this music is rather melodic with a certain epic feel. The vocals are mostly raspy with some clean back vocals, not to forget the very good clean Viking/folk chant that comes in once in a while. Some nice (as always) acoustic guitars, scattered here and there like in the intro of opener "Wooden Words", "Opening the Circles" and the instrumental on track 5, "Oretania". Melodic arpeggios and leads contrast pleasantly with the muscular riffs. Cries of Blood and Hate is quite easy to listen to, and not too demanding on the listener. These mid/fast paced compositions are nicely flavored with Viking/ folksy spices.

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