FURIA is a new Folk/Pagan Metal band from Poland. It started out as a side-project by Nihil (guitars, vocals and samples) of the Black Metal band MASSEMORD, but on a later stage it evolved into a full-size band, featuring Namtar on drums and SARS on bass guitar, who are both members of MASSEMORD.
It’s easy to hear that FURIA and MASSEMORD share band members, especially in production and the aggressive parts of the demo. But besides that, the two bands have very little in common. FURIA play a very melodic form of Folk Metal (rooted in Black Metal), with melodic and catchy riffs as the key factor, accompanied by a static wall of noise. Unfortunately, the guitar sound is awful and the noise is too dominating, making the demo almost unbearable to listen to. I assume they used the same studio as MASSEMORD on their most recent demo, as their sound is very similar, but this type of production is simply not fitting for Folk Metal. The drums are pretty fast in the aggressive parts and since the melodic guitar riffs at the same time are played pretty slowly, it creates a contrast that I find unsuitable. I think the melodic riffs sound more naturally placed in the slower parts of the demo, especially on “(Nie) Patrz Tam!”. The effects used on the vocals (standard Black Metal rasps) give the demo an industrial touch, which I also find unsuitable.
There are enjoyable moments on this demo, but the talent presented is overshadowed by the bad production. Still, the band shows some potential and I wouldn’t be surprised if their next demo turns out to be a good one. (Online August 19, 2004)