The Furor - Cavalries of the OccultThe patriot in me gets a little warm and fuzzy when contemplating the healthy state of the Australian metal scene. Whether it be divisive big guns Ne Obliviscaris and King Parrot, head-scratching experimental acts like Portal and Hope Drone, the thrashy old-school goodness of Hobbs’ Angel of Death and Deströyer 666, cutting edge modern tearaways Départe and Deadspace, or reliable tech death stalwarts Psycroptic, there’s a hugely satisfying selection of Aussie metal to satiate a wide variety of extreme tastes. Inevitably, in any well populated and healthy metal scene, certain bands ply away admirably at their chosen craft while flying under the radar. Hailing from the far western realms of Perth, veteran act The Furor are one such entity, unleashing their own brand of thrashing, blackened hell for over a decade. Now the trio return with another scorching album of charred and seriously pissed off blackened death-thrash on their fifth full length platter, entitled Cavalries of the Occult.

Beginning with a touch of drama, “Death Manifest” takes hold in typically punishing fashion, setting a blistering tone for the album. Playing their signature style, consisting of a brutal, speed-laced combo of old school death, thrash and black metal, The Furor’s ferociously manic delivery is a joy to behold, all pretension-free, bullet-ridden mayhem, reeking of a band that lives and breathes metal. The Furor’s sound remains fresh despite the old school mentality, with some modern sensibilities and the uncompromising delivery brimming with exuberance and a heart-on-sleeve devotion to the scene. Lightning fast blackened riffage and a furiously intense and relentless percussive barrage drives each song, interspersed with the occasional slower tempo variation, slithering melody or caterwauling solo. For the most part however, blazing speed, riffs and blasts galore reign supreme. “Storm of Swords” rages with bloody-fingered fretwork, groovy mid-paced workouts and wild, unhinged solos, before changing gears midway through into a hypnotic and soulful melodic break, featuring stellar guitar work atop Dizazter’s distinctive rasp.

The Furor‘s occasional one dimensional songwriting can sometimes be a hindrance for the band. So when they vary the tempos and lay off the speed and blasting every now and then, their music takes on a pleasing extra dimension. Fortunately, Cavalries of the Occult offers a decent share of musical dynamics to mostly sidestep monotony. “Cavalries of the Occult” is a fine early album example, galloping in on a deliciously wicked riff before unleashing their trademark blast fueled assault, returning full circle with that same immensely satisfying main riff to seal the deal. Meanwhile the hyper-speed blackened thrash of “The 30 Year War” oozes the vibrant energy and unchained aggression that can make The Furor sound so goddamn invigorating when they hit their straps. Overall, there are no notable missteps or weak songs on the album, though song and album length does become an issue, especially when coupled with an earsplitting production. A handful of songs would have struck a stronger chord if they had been trimmed down, and at 55 minutes, Cavalries of the Occult is a tad long in the tooth and suffers from bloating, particularly for this style of metal with a fairly one-dimensional mindset.

The Furor 2017

Expertly juggling drumming duties, vocals and chief songwriting responsibilities, Dizazter (also of Impiety) puts together a fine all-around performance, but it’s his exceptional drumming that steals the show. The dude is a fucking demon on the skins and should be a household name in the wider metal scene. While the sheer speed, intensity and precision of his playing is impressive enough, when factoring in some nifty variables and well placed fills, his drumming is taken to even greater heights. Not to be outdone, Hellhound wields his axe with fleet-fingered fury, riffing up a storm and cherry picking from thrash, death and black metal trademarks with invention and murderous glee, not to mention some surprisingly eloquent soloing and melodic flourishes. I’ve already touched on the production, so needless to say the crushed mastering job is guilty of blurring the lines somewhat,  causing unnecessary and unwelcome ear fatigue during the album’s weighty duration.

Despite being hamstrung by a couple of debilitating weaknesses, Cavalries of the Occult remains a wildly enjoyable ride, marking another solid entry into the band’s underrated canon. The Furor is a killer band thriving off ’80s thrash and death vibes, second-wave grimness and gritty punk rock energy, hellbent on shoving the meat and potatoes down your throat while leaving enough time to apply corpsepaint and shred your face off. And that’s metal to embrace, folks.

Rating: Good!
DR: 4 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
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Releases Worldwide: March 5th, 2017

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  • Tom Busler

    So, I guess another band that will be barred from playing in Germany. Ohhh… wait. The FUROR. My bad. Carry on.

    • PanzerFistDominatrix

      I did Nazi that coming…

  • Hideous destructor

    Top Australian metal band is (was) Alchemist. Great shame that they are no more.

    • Luke_22

      Great band indeed.

    • The Levitation Hex is not quite Alchemist-level awesome but pretty damn good nonetheless. The first album is great and the second one has its moments.

      • Hideous destructor

        Yeah I’ve got their debut. Like you say. Good but not Alchemist good.

  • mtlman1990

    You forgot Aquilus at the beginning.

    • Luke_22

      True but I couldn’t name them all.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        I agree there’s no way you could name them all. That being said, you forgot StarGazer. They’re awesome.

  • Wilhelm

    Yeah, I would not want to name my band anything that sounds like Hitler lol

    • mtlman1990

      Sounds sinister to me.

    • herrschobel

      good old Führer ? do you really think thats the intention ?

      • Wilhelm

        No, I just think that it’s a bad choice

        • herrschobel

          you never know with these crazy Aussies

    • sir_c

      so you name yourself after some Prussian emperor?

    • Luke_22

      Unfortunately the whole Nazi-metal connection is a bit topical at the moment, but I think it’s blown way out of proportion. The AV Club of all places had quite an extensive article on the topic a few days ago.

  • contenderizer

    Thank you for cleansing with blood the sins of filksung steempunk. Also for hilarious band pic,

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    So these guys are Australian? I wonder if it’s a coincidence that their band name is exactly the same as the title of a song off AC/DC’s “Ballbreaker”.

  • Zach Ward

    It makes me mad that you mentioned the Australian metal scene without bringing up Be’lakor. DO NOT make that mistake again lad.

    • Luke_22

      Yep an obvious oversight. Great band, though last album was a tad underwhelming.

      • Zach Ward

        I actually enjoyed Vessels more than Of breath and bone. Neither are close to Stone’s Reach though.

        • I agree about Vessels. Thought it was a nice expansion of their sound.

  • Finq

    what a glorious album cover.

    • A bit too much isn’t it?

      • [not a Dr]

        Too much? I’d say too little. They are a few steeds short of a cavalry. Unless that squad is successfully occulting its cavalry. Or just their mounts and remounts, in which case they should be Dragoons Occult: Dragoons move on horseback and fight on foot. Cavalry fights mounted.

  • DrewMusic

    I give thanks to Australia and Satan for Départe and Subterranean Disposition pretty much daily.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Ace! But I have to laugh at the muppet face expression on the guy on the left in the band photo.

    • sir_c

      the drummer as well. pretty much Animal on a bad day

  • ‘straya cunts!

    Australia has an amazing metal scene. Even their -core stuff is pretty legit imo. Killer shit all around!

  • Thanks a ton for the killer review and support guys! Greetings from India!

  • Westpaceagle

    My favorite release so far this year. Like Absu and Destroyer666 dropped acid and got into a knife fight.