What, you might ask, qualifies a record as Berserk? In this case, going Berserk! combines a string of cunning abstracts, tinted with goofy metrics, blistering progressive-rock etudes, anti-pop, heavy metal and ghostly ambient electronics effects. The masterminds are Italians, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari and bassist Lorenzo Feliciati. Perhaps the leaders overdosed on energy drinks, given the sheer power and zany underpinnings they bring to the table.With alternating personnel including, New York City-based keyboard wizard Jamie Saft and ex-King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto lending their wares, the program merges lighthearted antics with cataclysmic extravaganzas. The Spaghetti Western whistling sequence ...read more
Bassist Lorenzo Feliciati is the driving force behind Naked Truth, whose Ouroboros (RareNoise, 2012), featuring trumpeter Graham Haynes, is an invigorating sonic slab of post-Miles Davis post-jazz-rock. Feliciati and vocalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari here convene a coterie of like-minded post-everything musicians to go Berserk!The hybrid music they make takes Naked Truth as a starting point and stretches in some new directions, notably that of various forms of heavy metal. Their ecumenical enthusiasm obviates the need to define what genre" they play. Nevertheless, particularly at All About Jazz, it's revealing to consider just what the Berserk! sound shares with ...read more
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