The Furor [Australia]
While Perth black/death metallers The Furor have been around since late 2002, and having released three full length albums over three years, it wasn’t until of recent times that the band really gained a larger following, with band mastermind Disaster’s involvement on the Mighty Impiety and their last couple of releases allowing him to showcase his incredible playing skills. But it is on The Furor that Disaster really gets to show off his chops in full, from songwriting to handling of each of the instruments by himself.
Impending Revelation is the band’s fourth full length album, coming in three years after their last release, War Upon Worship. And understandably so, with Disaster’s involvement in Impiety since 2011. But this has done nothing to stop The Furor from unleashing their furious style of black metal. It is perhaps unsurprisingly as well that his involvement in Impiety has influenced the material on The Furor, as opening track Hammer Hierarchy would easily fit onto an Impiety record, from the thrashy, blackened take that the band has on their death metal, what with the alternating between urgent riffing and palm-muted chugging, and of course, Disaster’s unmistakable battery assault, down to the style of vocals that is utilised and that start-stop song patterns.
However, The Furor prevents themselves from becoming a complete Impiety clone, and while the references to the aforementioned are understandable, there are moments on the album where the band takes a slightly different route. Riffs on tracks like Inferno Fortification with the belligerence also bring in some Marduk and Belphegor comparisons, and that included cover of Slayer‘s Show no Mercy displays the thrash influences that go into that mixing pot of The Furor. That said though, throughout the record one often finds himself drawing comparisons to such records as Paramount Evil, Dominator and of course, The Impious Crusade.
Unfortunately, all too often the focus on speed is lost upon me, as things start sounding too same-ish as the album progresses. While a year or two back this would be a good thing for me, with my addiction to the more barbaric, bestial style of black metal, The Furor‘s Impending Revelation took me no less than 3 attempts to finally have a full, proper listen. Still, with the blistering speed that Disaster and The Furor presents, this is an album that fans of high octane extreme metal will appreciate.