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Latest The Berzerker News

Below is our complete The Berzerker news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Dreadnaught Announces New Drummer

Aussie metal giants Dreadnaught would like to announce that Matt Racovalis (Alarum, The Berzerker) will be joining the current line-up on drums. Matt has been a mainstay of the Australian metal scene for many years now, touring and recording with Alarum from 1992 to 2006 and brief stints with The Berzerker.

The band is booked to enter the studio on May 31, with producer Reggie Bowman to begin work on LP number 4. The as yet untitled record consists of the following tracks (in no particular order). Twist the Knife, The Push, Agony-Ecstasy, Save Your Life, Tattooed Tears, Ten X The Pain, Buried, (Instra)Mental, More Than One Way, and Collapse.

Following completion of the new record the band will be setting their sites on Europe, making the jaunt later in the year to commence talks with interested labels and promoters so the band can finally begin their long overdue assault on the Northern hemisphere.

For more information check out their website.

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The Berzerker Working On New Material

Australian grind deviants THE BERZERKER have commenced work on their fifth album, tentatively due later in the year. A two-and-a-half-minute video clip featuring footage of some of the early recording sessions can be viewed below.

THE BERZERKER has so far released four full-length albums: "The Berzerker" (2000), "Dissimulate" (2002), "World of Lies" (2005) and "Animosity" (2007), all through Earache Records. During the early part of their career as a live act, band members were identified only as The Vocalist, The Guitarist, The Bassist and The Drummer, distinguishable on stage only by the intricate monster masks they wore. However, the group has since abandoned this concept.

A DVD documentary, "The Principles and Practices of The Berzerker" (2004), includes several hours of live concert footage, as well as the first public images of the band members without their monster masks.

Most of the band's music videos have been banned from broadcast for reasons such as the possible epileptic fit-inducing imagery contained in the video "Forever", and the horrific imagery of "Reality". The latter features graphic images of cadavers and body parts, along with appearances from the band themselves.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/theberzerker.

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The Berzerker Seek New Touring Guitarist

THE BERZERKER's Luke Kenny has issued the following update:

"Unfortunately, the guitarist I was working with in Brisbane didn't work out. So there is now a position available for a long term/full time touring guitarist. But please, before you even contact me about this, the reason I am looking for new people is very simple:

-- My normal guys cant get enough time off work, with out losing their jobs to tour.

-- They don’t want to be away from loved ones for extended periods of time.

-- They can earn more money working their day jobs.

And that’s it really. They could play the material with no problems and we all get along very well. It just touring is hard on relationships and finances. If after reading that, you are a guitarist that wants to show the world how good you really are, The Berzerker is the perfect vehicle for you.

No drugo’s, drunks, egotistical attitudes (Fuck…if NAPALM DEATH don’t have egos and they started this whole thing 20 years ago neither should you...). Must be easy going, punctual, dedicated to both your craft and the band, ready to drop everything and work hard to refine your skills. Please feel free to contact me at lukeberzerker@gmail.com and remember I live in Melbourne, Australia.

You made even have a chance to work on writing and recording new BERZERKER material."

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Akercocke Announces Australian Tour

U.K. death-metal gentlemen AKERCOCKE have announced a headline Australian tour with support from Australia's own musical mastermind THE BERZERKER. The tour will take place in October and looks set to be an unmissable collaboration of death-metal annihilation and experimental extreme metal for fans Down Under.

The full list of dates is as follows:

Oct. 19 - The Arena Brisbane
Oct. 20 - The Factory Sydney
Oct. 21 - Crowbar CS.UNI Wagga
Oct. 24 - Fowlers Live Adelaide
Oct. 26 - Heat Nightclub Perth
Oct. 27 - Hi-FI Bar Melbourne
Oct. 28 - Hi-FI Bar Melbourne

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Earache Records To Kick Off Premier Of Radium

Former SOCIETY 1 front man Matt Zane, in conjunction with porn juggernaut Pleasure Productions, is launching a unique porn series entitled Radium, which will feature the latest metal videos, band interviews, and "loads of hot and heavy porn."

Radium will feature Pleasure Productions starlet and Kentucky native, Tera Wray, as host of the Radium series. Tera Wray will be interviewing metal’s hottest up-and-coming acts, play a diverse mix of new metal videos, and address all things metal – culturally, musically and sexually. Creating the perfect marriage of extremity, the premier episode of Radium will feature an all Earache Records roster – including videos from MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE BERZERKER, MORTIIS, and WITH PASSION. The issue will also include a live interview with Tera and WITH PASSION at the California Metal Fest, as well as Tera getting a drum lesson from SOCIETY 1 drummer Berzerk Kirk.

Matt Zane will be producing the series, firmly standing by the budding alt-porn industry, recognizing the relevance of this union stating “people always will want to see porn, and metal has been around since the 70’s.” Keep a lookout for the premier episode of Radium and check out some of Matt Zane’s other alt-porn endeavors such as Tattooed and Tight at pleasureproductions.com.

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Wasted Gods To Record Soon

Truth Inc's "grind terrorists" Wasted Gods will be recording soon and targetting a mid 2007 release. Wasted Gods features members of Truth Corroded, Cry Murder and The Berzerker and is said to appeal to fans of Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer and Misery Index.

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The Berzerker Post Advance MP3 Online

Extreme Aussie Grind mutants The Berzerker have released an advance Mp3 from their forthcoming Earache album "Animosity", due out Feb 2007. The track entitled "Heavily Medicated" is available from the free online Earache Records Flash Player widget which comes preloaded with 21 tracks including advance material from Nox and With Passion also (Fans can grab the widget by copy/pasting code available from the front page of www.earache.com) The track is also available on the Earache Records MySpace and The Berzerker myspace page.

Animosity is the 4th album from The Berzerker and hits stores in Feb 2007.

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The Berzerker Reschedule Birmingham Show

The Berzerker have had to reschedule their Birmingham show after original venue Edwards No.8 burnt down, to The Palace venue in Tamworth.

Quoted in this weeks Kerrang Luke Berzerker describes what the experience will be like – "...as a fan told us, “My boyfriend got two teeth knocked out, we couldn’t find the hospital, we missed the last train home, walked eight miles in the pouring rain...IT WAS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE...I love you...”

Tour dates should be listed as follows: More...

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The Berzerker Name Fourth Album

THE BERZERKER’s 4th studio album for Earache Records will be titled "ANIMOSITY". Out March 2007 THE BERZERKER continue and develop the theme of hate fuelled lyrics and extreme sonic assault seen in "WORLD OF LIES" that makes THE BERZERKER one of the worlds most extreme bands.

For the past month THE BERZERKER has been holding an CD cover art competition and some of the entries
can be seen here

As previously reported, The Berzerker will be touring the United Kingdom with support from MIKSHA (anticulture), NEKKROSIS (attic), ABGOTT (helvete and hate), with guest dj from Berlin – BAZOOKA (aural carnage). Here are the latest tour dates: More...

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Extreme Metal Racing PS2 Game Trailer Online

You can now catch a glimpse of the final trailer for Earache Records’ forthcoming videogame online. ‘Earache Extreme Metal Racing’ is due to be released in the UK and Europe on November 3rd on PlayStation 2, PSP and PC and is set to take the videogaming world by storm.

The game features ten evil Earache racing teams battling it out on a torturous track that takes the wicked racers into the depths of hell and beyond. The teams you can drive around the 4 satanically-inspired levels include Mortiis, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Akercocke, Decapitated, Biomechanical, Municipal Waste, The Berzerker, Linea77 and Society 1.

For the first time this game introduces the world of video gaming to the genre of extreme metal head on, as fans will simultaneously be able to race their favourite artists whilst doing battle to over 3 hours of Earache’s most annihilating releases. The soundtrack to this brutal game not only features music and videos from the racing teams, but also includes tracks from classic Earache bands such as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral plus bonus unreleased material and videos.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube. You can see the game cover here. More...

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The Berzerker Plans UK Tour

Australia's extreme metal band, The Berzerker, will be playing in the UK, Wales, Scotland and for the first time ever in Ireland this December 3rd - 16th. Actual tour dates will be announced soon.

As previously reported, The Berzerker is holding a contest for fans to design the artwork for its upcoming album due to their artist relocating.

According to a press release, "The art can be any style 2D or 3D. It just has to capture the brutality and class of the music... The winning artist will have to chance to deal direct with the Luke and to design the album cover, inlay and art layout. The album has a worldwide release and distribution with all the major magazines writing and reviewing the upcoming album.

Please submit all ideas to info@theberzeker.com (try to keep file sizes under 1 MB).

You can see the submissions thus far here.

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The Berzerker Seeks Album Artwork

Australia's THE BERZERKER is offering one lucky fan a chance to design the artwork for its upcoming album.

Due to THE BERZERKER artist Ivan Kenny-Sumiga currently relocating, he will be unable to complete the new album artwork by the deadline. This opens up a very unique opportunity for one individual. Instead of mainman and vocalist Luke Kenny going to the nearest design company, he is giving the fans the chance to show what that can do and perhaps make a name for them selves worldwide.

According to a press release, "The art can be any style 2D or 3D. It just has to capture the brutality and class of the music... The winning artist will have to chance to deal direct with the Luke and to design the album cover, inlay and art layout. The album has a worldwide release and distribution with all the major magazines writing and reviewing the upcoming album.

This is a one-off opportunity for someone to hopefully go on to have a career as an graphic artist.

Please submit all ideas to info@theberzeker.com (try to keep file sizes under 1 MB).

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The Berzerker Mainman Comments On New Album, Tour

The Berzerker are currently working on their 4th studio album for Earache. The as-yet-untitled album will deliver even more brutality from the mad Aussies. With 10 tracks currently in demo form the band is waiting with baited breath to take this material into the studio and record yet another earth
shattering album of Industrial Grindcore.

Working on the new album this time as always is mainman and vocalist Luke Kenny with Jason V (Self titled, World of Lies). Together the 2 have been working for the past few weeks to out do all their previous releases and are well on track to destroy some more brain cells with their sonic attack.

"The new material is in fucking insane" says Kenny. " I sometimes wonder when we start writing if we really can out-do our other releases, I mean we have already made some of the fastest most brutal music on the planet and when people hear the name The Berzerker, they fucking know it!."

"Even to this day, every time we've finished a writing session I listen back. And i'm stopped in my tracks by the sheer ferocity for the music... No one else assaults the listeners with such a barrage of force as we do... This time is war!"

Kenny continues: "I'm bringing back some old school vocal styles and fucking loving it. Its a crazy time for me at the moment working on all the new material and planning another 2 weeks of touring in the UK."

"We had to come back.. The last UK tour was so well attended and was so fucking violent. We gave the crowd all the energy we had (and them some) and they took it and fucking threw it back at us... As well as breaking their bodies in the process... I know they want more... And so do we... Get
ready.. Make your doctors appointments early.. Cause we coming back in December to make you bleed once more... We don't so much play music as pump out hateful Waves of blasting energy from the stage... If your brave enough we'll see you there... RROOAAGGGHHHH!!!"

Earache expects to release the new album before the end of the year or early new year- meantime, fans can check out THE BERZERKER myspace page for updates and tour details.

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The Berzerker To Air New Songs

The Berzerker's Luke Kenny is going to host a one-hour show on August 7th through Melbourne's Triple R FM radio station (102.7 FM). The show will be aired from 9-10pm, with Luke giving some of his favourite tunes air-time, as well as being interviewed. Listeners will also be treated to some material from The Berzerker's up-coming album. There is a possibility that Jay, guitarist from previous Berzerker albums, will join Luke in the studio, adding further exclusivity to the show.

You can tune in to Musically Incorrect via Triple R FM, which is broadcast on the internet here. You will need to have Real Player to view. The show is to be broadcast at the following times;

Melbourne, Australia: 8 PM - 10 PM
New York, USA: 4 AM - 6 AM
Los Angeles, USA: 1 AM - 3 AM
London, UK: 9 AM 11 AM
Berlin, Germany: 10 AM - 12 PM
Helsinki, Finland: 11 AM - 1 PM
Tokyo, Japan: 6 PM 8 PM

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The Berzerker and Ephel Duath On Damnation Fest

THE BERZERKER and Italy's seminal EPHEL DUATH are set to reap extreme carnage on DAMNATION FESTIVAL in Manchester come October 15th 2006. They'll be joined by MADMAN IS ABSOLUTE and MAN MUST DIE on the phenomenal Terrorizer Stage - and with AXIS OF PERDITION already confirmed, the line-up is shaping up to be the UK's finest bill of extreme metal noise in 2006.

Having shed their gruesome face masks, The Berzerker are ready to show Manchester just how serious they are - expect punishing noise as Luke Kenny and co. bring their "World of Lies" album to life in a death metal frenzy that'll guarantee a "last man standing" mindset in the Damnation moshpit.

Blending, somehow perfectly, both jazz and black metal, Ephel Duath have for years delighted Italian home crowds and European metal fans alike - their addition, a UK festival exclusive, highlights the wide variety of extreme noise that Damnation aims to forcefully inject into Manchester's music scene come October 15th 2006.

Guitarist Davide Tiso says the band "invite Manchester to join the asynchronous dance."

Madman Is Absolute, meanwhile, promise "Full on pit mayhem orchestrated by four angry Scotsmen - Manchester will be reduced to ruins!" - a sentiment echoed by fellow countrymen Man Must Die, who simply said "Let's make this one festival to remember. You want extreme, you got it!"

While Satan's favourites do the dirty deed downstairs, the Jagermeister stage of Jilly's Rockworld will play host to STAMPIN' GROUND, BIOMECHANICAL, SEND MORE PARAMEDICS and MURDER ONE, along with serious UK talent in the shape of muscle monsters HEAD-ON, thrashers EVILE and London lads KINGSIZE BLUES.

Festival spokesman, Gavin McInally, said: "The Bezerker, Ephel Duath, Stampin' Ground, Murder One, Biomechanical, Send More Paramedics and both headliners still to be announced... no self-respecting metaller can afford to miss this feast of extreme music!"

TICKETS for the second installment of UK-focused metal will go on sale APRIL 3rd, priced £15, and will be available from Ticketline, Seetickets, and direct from Jilly's Rockworld and Music Box. For further information about the event visit damnationfestival.co.uk or e-mail enquiries@damnationfestival.co.uk.

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The Berzerker Video Message Posted Online

Luke Kenny has posted a video message online for Berzerker fans as they count down to the release of the bands third and best album 'World Of Lies'. You will need Quicktime installed to view this clip.

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Akercocke Confirm New Guitarist

Akercocke can finally confirm former Berzerker shred Master Matt Wilcock as their new guitarist. After surviving his recent Satanic baptism with great aplomb at a one-off show in Hamburg, Mr Wilcock was offered the position which he duly accepted. The Satanic Death Metallers are currently planning a short run of UK dates before heading to the studio this Summer to record the fourth as yet untitled album.

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The Berzerker DVD Due in March

Australia's The Berzerker are currently finishing work on their forthcoming DVD, "The Principles and Practices of The Berzerker". Set for a March 2004 release, the disc will reportedly feature a wealth of live performances from their 100+ shows around the globe in 2002 and 2003, backstage shenanigans, interview footage and other features.

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