Reviewed By Luke Saunders
Blisteringly intense and focused attack from Perth extreme metallers
Sometimes being slow on the uptake can have its benefits. This is certainly the case surrounding Perth extreme metal act The Furor, a band that have curiously slipped under my radar until now. On the plus side I have solid motivation to backtrack through their substantial catalogue following the furious assault the band unleashes with their fourth full-length album, entitled Impending Revelation. Subtlety is definitely not on the cards, with The Furor’s offensive very much reliant on blistering tempos, blast beats, slicing riffs, and rabid vocal aggression. It’s decidedly old school yet there’s a freshness and intensity that sets The Furor apart from bands cut from a similar cloth, despite a general lack of originality or innovation. There’s elements of thrash, black, and death metal thrown into a volatile cocktail of extreme sounds which borrows heavily from the past, from ‘80s thrash (think early Slayer, Sodom) to snippets of ‘80s and ‘90s Scandinavian black metal in particular.
Although formed in 2002, The Furor is currently a one man project spearheaded with remarkable skill and professionalism by founding member Dizazter, who masterfully handles drums, vocals, guitars, and bass on the album. The man is on absolute fire throughout the album, playing with the high speed precision and tightness of a fully fledged band. Unlike other one man projects, where a distinctive strength as a vocalist or musician might clearly stand out and overshadow the other components, Dizazter comes across as more than a jack-of-all-trades musician, handling each instrument with expertise, although it’s his searing guitar work that remains the album’s focal point. There’s nothing too flashy about his guitar work, but it’s a visceral blend of scorched blackened riffs, livewire soloing and old school thrashy chops, embellished with slivers of melody and technicality for good measure. The playing is tight and frenetic and Dizazter keeps the speed ticking over with his excellent drumming.
The tight double bass rhythms propels the largely mid-paced opener “Hammer Hierarchy”, a blistering track punctuated by nail gun blasting and ‘80s thrash inspired shredding. “Infernal Fortification” ramps up the prominent blackened aspects of The Furor’s sound, coupled with an aggressive thrash bent. The blazing tempos and hellish vocals on “Corpse Eclipse” are tempered by surprisingly eloquent soloing and oozing slower passages that accentuate the sinister atmosphere of the album whilst lending the song a welcome dynamic shift. The Furor definitely operate at their most ferocious and devastating best at high speed, however, the slower passages that are occasionally injected, such as the foreboding first half of “Diabolic Revelation”, adds real flavour and dynamics that unfortunately isn’t utilised frequently enough.
There are a few minor quibbles that prevent Impending Revelation from entering elite territory. The no-frills production was no doubt meant to highlight and accentuate the raw aesthetics of the material, but the guitars could certainly have benefitted from a nastier more impactful tone, and the low-end is a bit lacking. Aside from its sonic deficiencies Impending Revelation’s general lack of dynamics and one-dimensional song-writing lends the album a samey feel, even if individually each song is suitably ripping and full of fire and raging intensity. Otherwise Dizazter has crafted a vicious album that contains enough personality and killer riffs to warrant repeat listens when the mood strikes for this kind of calculated blast of old school brutality.
Metal will always have a place for bands, like The Furor, that forgo all trends and apply a no-bullshit, pretension-free approach to their craft. What’s more impressive is Dizazter’s incredible dedication and work ethics to both write and perform this entire album singlehandedly without sounding clunky or heavy handed in his meticulous execution. Impending Revelation is frantically paced blackened, thrashy mayhem that’s a solid blast of extreme metal deserving of recognition amidst the year’s higher profile metal releases.
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