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Can black metal ever groove? Look to the Alice in Chains-esque vibe that magically appears from the cacophonic chaos of the first few minutes of "Goatbreath" and the answer is a resounding yes, as proven by Norwegian evilmongers Furze. This enigmatic eight-track endeavor almost transcends the usual black metal moniker due to their Celtic Frost on meth approach to the genre. Poorly recorded and somewhat sloppy, yet hosting a bevy of intriguing compositions that are trumped due to poor mixing, bad instrumentation, or just plain old strange juxtapositions of sounds, this disc has a distinct Spinal Tap-esque charm in addition to the usual bludgeoning you receive from a black metal outing, making UTD an album whose prismatic approach disrespectfully treads on the blacker than thou aesthetic.
- Mike SOS