I’m somewhat flabbergasted. Is this actually real, or are some clever pranksters sitting down somewhere pissing themselves laughing at this material that has been torturing my ears? Actually, ‘torturing’ is too strong a word, I can’t take this seriously enough for it to have such a dramatic effect.
On the promo sheet, FURZE have been graced with comments from CELTIC FROST bassist Martin Ain, who states that this band provides an example that “it is still possible to create unique Black Metal.” Indeed, I’d hate to disagree with such an illustrious figure, so I won’t. This IS unique. It is uniquely terrible.
The laughable vocals, from poor growls to pathetic attempts at mimicking Attila and the frankly daft spoken word passages that sound like someone’s grandmother, are almost enough to guarantee this parody status. But then, they sound serious. Despite the fact that the execution is incompetent with random bungling and stumbling evoking no feelings bar ones of pity for the flailing musician, there is obviously some sort of attempt to traverse territories better traveled by THORNS and their ilk.
Yes, industrial tendencies rear their heads, but in the most weak and pathetic manner I have ever heard. The militant drums can be effective, but the thin, reedy guitar tone and a bass which is quite simply playing different songs than the rest of the instruments render the whole thing quite embarrassing. Quite simply, for the real deal, the real dark, distressing and dirty industrial feel go sink your teeth into some BLACK FUNERAL and leave this garbage behind. This is the band that proves the worth of the worthless horde of DARKTHRONE clones because if this is they way out of that stylistic rut, then send me straight back.
(Online March 9, 2007)