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Album Reviews : The Furor – Cavalries of the Occult

By on April 19, 2017

The Furor is extreme metal at its most extreme – a molten inferno of Black, Death and Thrash metal anchored by the mind blowing drumming and ungodly vocals of band mastermind and principal song writer Dizazter (Louis Rando from Impiety, Depravity, Malignant Monster, Pathogen, and countless others) . Their latest album Cavalries of the Occult takes the extremity of their music to new levels, and with worldwide distribution through Transcending Obscurity Records the album could well see The Furor finally get the recognition they deserve on a global scale.

Stylistically, Cavalries of the Occult picks up nicely from where 2014’s release Impending Revelation left off. Relentless high tempo arrangements pummel you close to aural submission. Whilst there aren’t many opportunities to breathe in amongst the non-stop blast beat-laden mayhem, there is just enough nuance in speed and groove to keep me on the right side of listening fatigue throughout. Where the Furor may have started out in the vein of more traditional black metal they have continually ramped up the over the top, extreme aspects of their sound over their career. Cavalries of the Occult sees the band achieve their most compelling mix of their hybrid black/death/thrash sound in what is clearly their most accomplished release.

My favourite tracks are “Cavalries of the Occult”, “Second Coming Slaughtered”, “Storm of Swords” and “Fomes Peccati”,  but in truth there isn’t a dull moment during the relentless barrage of metal goodness. The musicianship on the album is as good as you’ll come across – Dizazter’s drumming is the obvious focal point but the riffing and lead guitar work is also very impressive. Hellhound (Guitars) does a stirling job and is well supported by The Grand Impaler (Bass). The odd guest solo from Cameron Nicholas (Silent Knight, Cold Fate) also adds a slightly different flavour to the arrangements.

All in all Cavalries of the Occult is an exceptionally strong release but certainly not for the fainthearted. Listen if you dare.

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Chris is a long time metal enthusiast and advocate for Australian heavy music scene. Chris grew up in Perth, Western Australia and is a past member of modern melodeath act Let's Kill Uncle. Currently residing in London, UK.