Released: 2014, Self-released
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson
Once a three-piece back in the mid-2000s, The Furor re-emerged in 2011 as a one-man Australian death metal shitstorm conceived, composed and performed by Louis Rando - aka Dizazter – who also plays drums with Impeity and several other bands. But there's certainly nothing disastrous about The Furor's fourth album, which boasts some serious death metal – and occasional black metal - chops in all aspects, which is rather amazing given Rando handles the whole shebang.
There's no real weak link here. The guitars – even the leads, especially on “Seven Trumpets” - are as ably played as the tornadic drums, and the vocals are razor sharp and imposing. By the same token, there's nothing remotely self-indulgent or unnecessary here, just pure abandon and lots of it.
Impending Revelation recalls Altars of Madness/Blessed Are The Sick-era Morbid Angel in its attack dog riffing, vicious hooks, wailing solos and crafty, elegantly brutal arrangements. And the raw intensity of Rando's performances is nicely captured in the album's old-school, natural production, making for a nice change from the clinically pristine death metal that is so prevalent these days. The songs are pretty rad as well.
“Inferno Fornication” and the more blunt force “Summoned Obscurity” rain body-blow hooks like an Olympic boxer, yet maintain a devilish catchiness. “Corpse Eclipse,” on the other hand, is a ridiculously fast exercise in adrenaline overload before it slows toward the end and leads into “Diabolical Liberation,” which flips the switch, starting with a rumbling drone before exploding midway through as Rando laughs maniacally in the background.
With its squealing, tremolo-y riffing, “Black Sorcerer of Sadism” offers the most pronounced taste of black metal here, but it is followed by Rando's lone nod to more mainstream fare, a cover of Slayer's “Show No Mercy.” Still, he gives one of Slayer's easier to digest – and oldest - songs a pretty good boot in the ass, noticeably stepping up the tempo and making it sound pretty damn evil.
Impending Revelation has been out since March, but just now seems to be getting any sort of PR push. Better late than never. Anyone looking for a good old fashioned death metal ass-ripping with a few dastardly twists and turns would be wise to head to amazon.com or Bandcamp and check The Furor out. You won't be disappointed.