|Review: Furor Gallico - Furor Gallico|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Pagan Metal
Review online: September 23, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)
Furor Gallico's self-titled debut is comprised of very folky Pagan/Black Metal. The vocals range from clean to Black rasps to Death growls, often in the same song. Folk instrumentation, in the form of violins, tin whistles, harps and bouzoukis, is present on every song, with a couple of instrumentals ("Bright Eyes" and "Golden Spiral") that feature these instruments only. On most of the other songs the guitar playing is a melodic kind of Black tremolo picking that is not harsh at all. They even stray into an almost Power Metal style of riffing on occasion (in style, not in sound). The whole album is well played and sounds great, highlighting the obvious talent of the band members.
There is a question that, for me anyway, remains unanswered despite several spins of Furor Gallico; are these guys a Pagan/Black Metal band with lots of folk influences or a Folk Metal band with some Black leanings? They have the talent to do either but don't seem to have definitively made up their minds, making Furor Gallico tough to pin down (maybe by design?) The bottom line is that Furor Gallico is a capable band but their indecisive direction makes Furor Gallico a less than gripping listening experience.
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