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Review: The Senseless - In the Realm of the Senseless
The Senseless
In the Realm of the Senseless

Label: Anticulture Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 35:53
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: September 18, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
In the Realm of the Senseless

Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

The Senseless is the solo project of The Berzerker guitarist Sam Bean, and surprise surprise, it sounds very much like a Berzerker album, with slightly more tinkering and experimentation here and there. The main similarity I notice is that drums are plagued with a similar programmed effect that I don't particularly enjoy in The Berzerker's albums (although, it is toned down somewhat compared to the completely horrible electronic gabba sound of The Berzerker).

Riff-wise, it bounds between head-down tremolo picked death metal carnage and chunky down tuned palm-muted brown notes. However, where it begins to fall apart for Mr Bean (hurr hurr) is that it suffers badly from sterility and fails to really sink into your long-term memory (in fact, I had to listen to the album at least three or four times just to get right the way through it, because it really doesn't hold your attention well at all). Rather than forming well focused songs, each track seems to be made up of a bunch of riffs which don't always link together particularly well, again adding to the disjointed nature of the album - a disease which has plagued many a solo-project before this one. Vocally, it's emotionless distorted screams and growls all the way, again a la The Berzerker - not bad sounding per se, but not exactly impressive when you consider how much distortion effect has been added to his voice.

All in all, this is pretty dull. I'd only really recommend it for those people who go crazy over everything that is linked with The Berzerker, but even then, I'd warn to approach with caution.

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