Four years after their devastating debut demo, Chicago death merchants Berator vomit forth 20 minutes of fierce, old school black/death on coke via Dark Descent Records. In an age where an over-polished sound is the norm, Elysian Inferno delivers a welcome reminder of just how ferocious and vehement extreme metal can be.
Guitarist Richard Olsen, who left behind his Profanatica duties to focus on BERATOR full-time, stresses the importance of production:
“The BERATOR EP was tracked live, just me and Dan (drums) in his studio, and we built around those live tracks for the record, which in itself, gives it a level of raw power you can’t get from a click. Tim Pearson (bass, ex-The Chasm) and Pat Clancy (guitar, ex- Nachtmystium) then added their parts. The sound is entrancing, excruciating, and insane, for people who appreciate forward, to the point, nonstop riffs. It’s a seamless record meant to be heard as 20 some-odd straight minutes of rhythm and violence.”
Dark Descent Records will release Elysian Inferno on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats on June 10.
Elysian Inferno Tracklist:
1. Sultans of Incest
2. Onslaught to Absolution
3. Dead Rats
4. War Lust
5. Final Crucifixion
6. Swine Cult
The band will embark on a US tour in late May, including a performance at Decibel Magazine’s Metal and Beer Festival in Philadelphia.
“BERATOR is ready to unleash this long-awaited reign of terror, for our upcoming Venomous Onslaught tour with Craven Idol this May/June 2022”
Venomous Onslaught tour dates:
May 30th – Milwaukee, WI @ Xray Arcade
May 31st – Chicago, IL @ LiveWire Lounge
June 1st—Indiana, IN @ Black Circle Brewing
June 2nd- Detroit, MI @ Old Miami
June 3rd—Cincinnati, OH @ Junkers Tavern
June 4th—Rochester, NY @ Photocity Music Hall
June 5th— Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s
June 6th—Providence, RI @ Dusk
June 7th –Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
June 8th – Washington DC @ Pie Shop
June 9-11th – Philadelphia, PA @ Decibel Metal and Beer Fest
Cover art by Paolo Girardi.