Furia are members of Poland’s black metal royalty, alongside the likes of Mgla, Kriegsmaschine, Blaze of Perdition, and (the real) Batushka, though Furia is likely the least well-known of these bands, which is further evidence of the inherent lack of justice in the universe. I alone cannot rebalance the cosmic scales, but I can certainly tell you that Furia brings to the table something very special on all of their releases, from their early “straightforward” black metal to their later avant-garde black metal works. On this, their debut album, they deliver a master class in aggressive yet melodic black metal infused with a very rich atmosphere, the latter no doubt helped by the acoustic interludes and notable folk influences throughout the songs. Tempos are generally breakneck, but there are several slower and serene moments and these contrasts create some fairly dramatic and outstanding dynamic tension, with great payoff. Finally, as much as I love M’s vocals in Mgla and Kriegsmaschine, Nihil might be the best black metal vocalist in Poland. Buy this, and the rest of Furia’s albums, and help restore universal order.
Favorite track: Ślepych Dzień.