Advance Australia Warfare
A step forward but some song editing wouldn't go astray
Although having being together for the better part of three years, and releasing their debut album Invert Absolute last year (Also through Prime Cuts Music), it's not surprising to find that until their just completed performances with U.S. death metal act Nile and Polish black metal giants Behemoth on their recent tours to our shores, few on the east coast had actually heard much from the Perth based act. But all that is set to change with the release of their second full-length effort Advance Australia Warfare. Putting aside the rather cringe worthy album title and the ham fisted corpse paint that adorns the trio on the over the top cover artwork, The Furor (Who are drummer/vocalist (Louis Rando) Disaster, guitarist/backing vocalist (Nick Bell) Warlock and bassist/keyboardist/backing vocalist (Jon Dunlop) Kill Machine) have put together a release that truly opens the gates on Armageddon with reckless abandon (Compared to their debut, which merely allowed a peek into what lay beyond), and will have most sitting up to attention.
In suitably dramatic fashion, Battleblast Advance sets the scene with the sound of an impending advancement of legions with militaristic drums, atmospheric keyboards and the sound of distant gunfire before the trio truly get things underway. The mix of slow paced movements with the faster elements provides enough variation on their tried and true black/death metal stance to keep the song interesting, but at ten minutes long, it does tend to overstay its welcome regardless of the bands obvious skills as musician and songwriters. The far more compact Atomic Triumph features some cleverly placed moments of blasting and shred to liven up the predominant mid tempo, while Hellfire Massacre, Covered In Blasphemy, Sacrilegious Rage and Clutches Of The Abyss (The only track on the album to interject clean vocals) are nothing short of pure slabs of quickened satanic war based blackened metal.
The haunting instrumental centrepiece Hell provides listeners a brief respite in the eye of the chaotic storm, while the remainder of the album (Storming Heaven, the lengthy Warcrowned and The Entrance) sees The Furor temper the aggressive drive of the former tracks, allowing the instrumentation (Such as riffs structures and the all out percussion) to shine through. As an added bonus, The Furor has also included the promotional video clip of Thrive On War (Which originally appeared on Invert Absolute), which at the very least shows the improvement the band have made in their short twelve months between releases.
At just over an hour, Advance Australia Warfare is a little on the long side, and the attention span tends to waver somewhere around the three quarter mark at times. But aside from that small point, The Furor will certainly find favour amongst newcomers and will advance closer towards world domination with their second release.
(Prime Cuts Music/M.G.M. Distribution)
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