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The Furor - Invert Absolute - 2004 - Prime Cuts Music

Track Listing
1. Assembly
2. Damnations Morning
3. Thrive on War
4. Thunder Attack!
5. Enslaved By Chaos
6. Surpassing the Steel Array
7. Polar Fate
8. Humanity Fooled!
9. Invisible Paths
‘Invert Absolute’ is the debut album from the Aussie blackened death group, The Furor. Before the arrival of its successor, ‘Advance Australia Warfare’, ‘Invert Absolute’ caused little to no stir in the scene, but with the band’s newfound success, this somewhat rawer and slightly more adventurous album has found its way onto the proverbial table.

The Furor’s formula has remained relatively consistent over their tenure: mid to high paced death metal drums and lead guitar with a blackened vocal approach and a bevy of Dissection-inspired riffs. What distinguishes ‘Invert Absolute’ from other bands playing this style (at least on the surface), and even from their own later material, is their occasional use of clean vocals. They are by no means in a consistent lead position, nor very widespread, but more than a few tracks feature a line or two of clean vocal support, and they also take on the entire second half of the prolonged and fairly mellow finale, 'Invisible Paths'.

Despite the dramatic and war-oriented lyrical themes of The Furor, their music exudes an atmosphere more rollicking than apocalyptical. Occasional rock ‘n’ roll riffs appear alongside diabolical, double-tracked cackles, and with song titles like, ‘Thunder Attack!’ and ‘Humanity Fooled!’ (!’s and all), The Furor is best served with a grain of salt.

Unfortunately, ‘Invert Absolute’ does stretch on for too long at 45 minutes, and becomes particularly trying with the last two tracks which take up more than 15 minutes on their own. The first, ‘Humanity Fooled!’ is admittedly one of the album’s highlights, but after 30 some-odd minutes of the same one’s attention begins to wander. Consolidation of the most choice material (which can be quite impressive) would have served them well. Regardless, it is a sound if not landmark debut, and though it is unlikely The Furor will bring their now-fabled live assault overseas anytime soon, their name is one to remember.




--Etiam 09.16.06


Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: THE FUROR
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Advance Australia WarfareThe Furor
2005
Etiam8/5/2006
Invert AbsoluteThe Furor
2004
Etiam10/3/2006


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: THE FUROR
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Cavalries of the OccultThe Furor
2017
Greg Watson2/15/2017


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