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Berserk (CD 2010)
Review by
Encyclopaedia Metallum

Title: Bouq - Berserk
Written by: Alteredog, Jul. 26th 2011
Rating:
94/100

Language: English
From:
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A 'user' review from 'The Metal Archives' - Encyclopaedia Metallum

Quotes from the Review:
“the 2nd album "Berserk", which is our current study subject is very complex, dark, leaning more towards the black metal side, to some point experimental, and masterly in song writing”

“As I mentioned earlier, the song writing is superb, there is not a single moment of dullness or monotony on the record, every riff and passage is well arranged and calculated”

“Although the deep pool of inspiration of various different extreme styles can be felt, the album as a whole remains very unique, and truly something I haven't heard before”


Review:
This is superlative extreme metal. "Berserk" is the sophomore album of Bouq, a black/death band from Jordan solely run by one Muhannad Bursheh, who also plays in other well known band's in the country, and is an audio engineer in the scene.

According to the band's bio, it all started in 2001, where the project was previously called "Phex". Under that name were released 3 demos in 2001, 2002, and 2003, and 1 studio album in 2005 called "Transfixion". After the name change to "Bouq", the first studio album was re-issued in 2010 with a different artwork, different title; "Ascending from Transfixion", and of course got released under the new name of the group; "Bouq". The 2nd studio album "Berserk" followed shortly.

If you listen to both studio albums, you can easily notice the difference in style, atmosphere and complexity, and the huge improvement between the 1st and the 2nd. While the first album "Ascending from Transfixion" is rather catchy, but simplistic groovy death metal music, the 2nd album "Berserk", which is our current study subject is very complex, dark, leaning more towards the black metal side, to some point experimental, and masterly in song writing.

While lyrically it focuses on various mythological themes, the music does not adopt a folk attitude, but rather leans towards the dark and barbaric realm of sound, however, there are a few folk inspired parts in a couple of tracks to add some spices to the record. The riffs are mostly raw, but epic choirs and passages with keyboards are added sometimes, which give a majestic resonance. As I mentioned earlier, the song writing is superb, there is not a single moment of dullness or monotony on the record, every riff and passage is well arranged and calculated. The guitar work and drums vary from fast pace to moderate tempo, and from groovy, to plain traditional riffs, to technical ones. The vocals are versatile, often changing between different extreme metal pitches - even adding some operatic clean vocals in some tracks. The sound production is excellent, which gives the songs a fair home to be well expressed.

The flow of this album is very dynamic, fast paced tracks suddenly change into acoustic harmonies, or tribal war drums interludes with war chants. Although the deep pool of inspiration of various different extreme styles can be felt, the album as a whole remains very unique, and truly something I haven't heard before. I will be following "Bouq" head on to see what the next release will bring us. I really recommend this band to any fan of extreme metal.

Recommended tracks:
Desrever Alumrof Ecnetsixe, Jormungander, Eidolon, Heathen

 


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