Monday, February 26, 2024

Post Mortem Trippin with Furze

Norwegian black psych metal act Furze‘s eighth album Caw Entrance is due for release on 5th April, under licence to Devoted Art Propaganda, and will be available in CD, LP, cassette and digital formats. The release will be accompanied by a new T-Shirt design.

New single, ‘Post Mortem Trippin‘, from the album can be streamed now via all major streaming services, including Spotify and Bandcamp.

The album is said to go even further into the psyche to find creative portals of new kick-ass and old-school black metal. Word has it, Woe J. Reaper offers shrieking lines of blasphemous poetry, and sometimes you don’t know if the way out of the grip is strength or death. 

The way blasphemy enters here – it goes so much further than just attacking or mocking religions. In the Furze universe, you’ll be forced to think thrice and hopefully experience the songs with a touch of different power each time you approach them. The rules disappear, questions about mankind enter and your mind penetrates new territory! All Furze albums share this universal spirit of opposites.

Reaper said: “You don’t like the production? Oh, luck gently off! Coherently we advise all listeners to grab a nice pair of headphones and listen to this album that way. No background listening sessions will work and not even your stereo for that sake. It’s strange but true: special details were impossible to secure into both ways of listening. Don’t worry: Lots of work was laid down with mastering too, and what’s closer to a simple level adjustment from the mix worked like a superhorse so the result is clear: Headphone listening sessions are the only way to enter one’s Caw Entrance.

‘Post Mortem Trippin’ is the most obvious example where the guitars are playing different things, totally mono in each left/right side. The balance is only possible to reach if going for headphones!  As Cezary from Devoted Art Propaganda himself experienced, this album needs time and then it prevails.”

“Speaking about avails…The old track ‘Avail The Autocrat Of Evil’ has been rerecorded for this album and the result is heavier than the original, improved vocals, etc. Furze’s ‘Caw Entrance’ is again breaking new ground in terms of feeling, songwriting and of course…BLACK PSYCH METAL! Which doesn’t mean stoner-drug black metal. Did anyone out there actually think that was all there is to it? Are you so brainless?”

Post Mortem Trippin’ follows January release ‘Foresee His Infernal Rites’, also from the album hat can also be streamed now via all major streaming services, including Spotify and Bandcamp.

The full track list is ‘Intro’, ‘Foresee His Infernal Rites’, ‘Post Mortem Trippin’, ‘W.I.R.E.’, ‘You Shall Prevail’ and ‘Avail The Autocrat Of Evil’.

Pre-orders can be placed now via Devoted Art PropagandaBandcamp and Polytriad Fingerprints. The pre-orders will also include an exclusive A2 poster.

Woe J. Reaper, the man behind Norwegian black psych metal act Furze is also celebrating his 25th anniversary of musical activity with the release of a limited and special edition cassette box set via Devoted Art Propaganda. 

The box set includes the original Woe J. Reaper Necromanzee demo from 1998 on one tape, while the second tape consists of unreleased material from 1992-1998. Limited to only 100 copies, it comes in two cassettes with two separate artworks in a common box. First tape comes with the original 1998 demo art.  The other comes with a newly assembled 1992-1998 Drinking the Blood of Metal artwork with unseen photos and extensive liner notes describing that period of Furze’s history and the local scene. It will not be available on streaming services. 

The limited cassette box set can be ordered now via Furze’s Bandcamp page and Devoted Art Propaganda

Woe J. Reaper said: “For the 25th Anniversary Woe J. Reaper has dug deep into the archives and hereby presents you a gift not only with the original Necromanzee demo and cover artwork, but also a whole album’s length bonus tape (!) with material taped down between the prehistorical Woe J. Reaper days in 1992 up to 1998. Basically, a rare as fuck, no, first-ever, possibility to hear things stretching this far back. For info: None of this bonus material was presented on the Hidden Hits Vol.1  comp LP box back in 2013. This material will be unique and not on Spotify etc.”

Furze was established in 1998 in Trondheim, Norway out of the dust of the original Woe J. Reaper project. Under the Furze name, seven full-length albums were released: Trident Autocrat (2000, Apocalyptic Empire Records), Necromanzee Cogent (2003, Apocalyptic Empire Records), UTD (2007, Candlelight Records), Reaper Subconscious Guide (2010, Agonia Records), Psych Minus Space Control (2012, Fysisk Format), Baphomet Wade (2015, Freshtea) and The Presence… (2018, Polytriad Fingerprints).

Beyond those, Furze/Woe J. Reaper’s discography also consists of multiple demos, EPs and compilations. The early demos were released in a time in the pre-2000s when there was little originality in black/old school metal – Furze is probably Norway’s (or the underground in general) most influential music to arrive in the late 1990s/2000 when talking about black metal newcomers. Fenriz of Darkthrone fame praised Furze, featuring it as his Band of the Week and playing tracks on his Fenriz Radio. 

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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