Furze – UTD (CD)

The first Furze track on “OTD” is a track that sounds as it is being sped up, instead of being played at its normal speed. This track, “A Life About My Sabbath”, is able to stick around for four and a half minutes. However, this track would normally be about five or six minutes if played normal. Inidivudals still have no clue where Furze is going to go with future tracks, and even when the track slows down, there are still hints of that quicker approach present in the distortion present in the guitars of the track. Furze here is an individual in that I’ve never heard any other individual do what ey is doing; after this introduction, the approach that ey takes is something that individuals can more easily sink their teeth into. Moving between classic metal to death metal, there is something that every fan of metal can dig.

“Demonic Order in the Eternal Fascist’s Hall”: is the next track and moves back to the sped-up sound of “A Life About My Sabbath”. The overly-distorted sections of “UTD” are nowhere near as impressive as the more sludgy and slow sections of tracks like “Demonic Order in the Eternal Fascist’s Hall”. This could be due to the fact that the sped-up distortion does not change, while Furze adds in different influences and styles to the other sections of the track. This does not mean that all the quicker sections of “UTD” sound exactly the same as what individuals would hear during “A Life About My Sabbath”, however. During “Beneath the Winds of the Black Vomit Above”, Furze allows the guitars to actually tell more of a store, reducing the distortion and increasing the speed of the drums to match the guitars. The result is perhaps the strongest track on the disc.

Furze again varies things up slightly for the next track, “The Deeds that Grasp to the Candle’s Shade”. The droning, brooding drum/guitar dynamic is more black metal influenced than prior tracks, while still keeping Furze in a specific sound. Some of the tracks on “UTD” may not be a cohesive track throughout the entirety of their runtime, but the energy and honestly presented by Furze is without criticism. The production may be a little tinny, but the music is solid and will make individuals search out other recordings of Furze’s. Just listen to “Mandragora Officinarum” to understand what I mean.

Top Track: Mandragora Officinarum

Rating: 5.8/10

[JMcQ]

Furze – UTD / 2007 Candlelight / 8 Tracks / http://www.furze.net / http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk / Reviewed 25 February 2007

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