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Giant and sprawling psychedelic mindfuck - 80%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, January 21st, 2007

If you've heard Furze's first album "Trident Autocrat" and were expecting more of the same with this second effort, you're in for a big surprise: whereas "Trident ..." is short, fast and mostly straightforward if eccentric black metal with self-contained songs, "Necromanzee Cogent" is huge at over 72 minutes and lopes along at a slow pace with sometimes sluggish drumming. For every moment of fast or mid-paced black metal you there there must be 2 - 3 minutes of sloow doom metal. Most songs are long and drawn out and Furze fiend Woe J Reaper sees no need to fill every moment of every song with guitar buzz or static "atmosphere" so the music can be quite disjointed. The record has a very spacious quality because of the lack of buzz and everything sounds like it's taking place in a huge underground cave and Herr Reaper's voice echoes everywhere though he may be nowhere in sight. The tracks do have distinctive melodies and riffs but annoyingly Furze sees no need to repeat them at regular intervals throughout to keep you on an even keel. Overall the album is a giant sprawling maze in which doom metal rhythms, unorthodox drumming and black metal guitars mostly dominate with field recordings, noisy bits and keyboard / synth passages popping up here and there.

The one recognisable Furze element, apart from the guitar sound, that is consistent all the way through is Woe J Reaper's singing - some might say clowning - which includes chanting, laughing, groaning, declaiming and the odd impersonation or two of cartoon chipmunks or Disney characters Huey, Dewey and Louie the nephews of Donald Duck. Sometimes the singing is upfront in the mix, at other times they are very distant and are treated with reverb, and the effect is to suggest that Reaper is a mad psycho king who enjoys popping in and out of his cavernous realm in which you are lost and so subject to his wicked schemes and manipulations.

One track, "Sathanas' Megalomania", whose title pretty much indicates why the album is such a strange hallucinogenic mindfuck, is a 23-minute monster that probably might have worked better as an EP if only so that the rest of the album is easier to get a handle on! The epic goes all over the house with recordings of nattering hamsters in the background and Reaper doing, maybe overdoing, his stand-up black comedy act. Incidentally the most sustained episode of fast and energetic drumming is to be found here; elsewhere on the album it's either quite laidback or when fast collapses very quickly. A guitar motif from "Trident Autocrat" occurs unexpectedly and wraps up the track.

Yes it's an odd and peculiar recording that takes you on a weird psychedelic trip into the mind of Satan as Reaper sees him. Many will be those who'll be utterly lost and confounded by the apparent disorganisation of the music and will give up. Those unfamiliar with the Way of Woe J are best advised to start with "Trident Autocrat" to get acquainted with his methods in miniature: it's the appetiser to the main course. And what a main course it is!