Furze - Reaper Subconscious Guide (2010)


In the category of the weirdest album we received in 2010, today we have Furze and their “Reaper Subconscious Guide” release. Being the band’s fourth full-length release, “Reaper Subconscious Guide” is full of surprises and a very old-school vibe that will throw most people off, and requires more than a few listens to fully digest.

As a ‘tribute’ to Black Sabbath, Furze recorded all this tracks in vintage equipment from the 40’s to the 70’s, creating a very interesting sound that we rarely get to appreciate. The band also recorded it and mastered it especially for the Vinyl version of this release, and then mastered digitally for the CD release (the one we reviewed) so rest assured that you will have two different sounding products that will be equally impressive.

With 5 tracks and over 40 minutes of music, the band creates a very psychedelic atmosphere and tops it with some Black Metal-esque screams here and there as well as some clean vocal sections. While the music is nowhere near what you would expect from a Black Metal bands, there are a few moments that things get a bit hectic and the riffing might lead you to believe otherwise (i.e. “Earlier than the Third Might of the Cosmos”).

Many people will quickly disregard this release as just another one-man band on too many drugs, since the album does have a very chaotic and deranged nature to it. But, once you listen to it enough times, the songs on this album will start to grow on you. Some songs like “It Leads…” have that vintage 70’s sound to them, and sometimes even give us a feeling similar to what we get when listening to The Devil’s Blood, and their Psychedelic Rock/Metal onslaughts.

With solid riffing and very ‘crazy’ vocals, what makes Furze’s music so intoxicating is the constant tempo changes. Songs like “Immortal Lecture”, have a very hypnotic nature and create a sense of unrest, only to close very aggressively and leave the listener hanging. Our favorite song in the album has to be “The Bonedrum”, an epic emotional rollercoaster that feels so spaced out that even people that are high will have a hard time grasping.

Overall, “Reaper Subconscious Guide” is a very solid album. While a bit disconnected from reality and planet earth, Furze manages to create 40 minutes of music that will take you into a very powerful hypnotic state, which incidentally might feel like a crazy acid trip.

Band: Furze Album: Reaper Subconscious Guide
Label: Agonia Records

Release: November 26th, 2010

Official Site myspace
Genre: Experimental Black Metal

Country: Norway

Rating: 85/100

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