Berserk!: Berserk!

A Crimson guest star and FX-enhanced trombone? Yes, please!

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Known for his work in multi-national prog-jazz outfit Naked Truth, bassist Lorenzo Feliciati, has fashioned an admirably genre-defying collaboration with Owls keyboard and multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari.

Although consisting of stand-alone pieces, the album also works as one lengthy soundtrack/suite whose startling moods encompass jazz, metal, progressive rock, minimalism and post-rock longueurs.

The top-drawer guestlist includes King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto and Norwegian guitar maestro Eivind Aarset, but it’s Gianluca Petrella’s FX-enhanced trombone that often dominates, scorching songs with a shimmering halo of curious multi-phonics and a rich, caustic intensity.

Fornasari’s vocals are astonishing powerful, morphing between an urbane Sylvian-like drawl to a cracked-gravel growl oozing with a creeping malevolence. That theatricality evokes the dystopian pronouncements interleaving Bowie’s Outside. Like that album, Berserk!’s mercurial ambience can suddenly stiffen into mysterious and daunting encounters.

Despite its title, a meticulous sense of order is always present. Feliciati and Fornasari make for a bold, challenging listen.

Sid Smith

Sid's feature articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Prog, Classic Rock, Record Collector, Q, Mojo and Uncut. A full-time freelance writer with hundreds of sleevenotes and essays for both indie and major record labels to his credit, his book, In The Court Of King Crimson, an acclaimed biography of King Crimson, was substantially revised and expanded in 2019 to coincide with the band’s 50th Anniversary. Alongside appearances on radio and TV, he has lectured on jazz and progressive music in the UK and Europe.  

A resident of Whitley Bay in north-east England, he spends far too much time posting photographs of LPs he's listening to on Twitter and Facebook.