FURY'N'GRACE - Diabolism Of Conversation

Fury'n'Grace - Diabolism Of Conversation

12 songs
73.53 minutes
***** *****
Underground Symphony


So much has been done in the world of heavy metal that it is nowadays hard to stumble across that one perfect album that proves that it is still possible to come up with something new. Fury’n’Grace now really have a band name that I don’t like: it sounds like just another average metal band, but you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The Italians have been around since the mid-Nineties, and recorded two as yet unreleased album before their actual debut Tales Of The Grotesque And The Arabesque surprised with really good music four years ago. The reason it took these guys so long to come up with a successor might be that three of the four musicians are currently also playing in DoomSword, as far as I know the most popular doom metal band of their native peninsula. Therefore it’s obvious that there are parallels between both bands, although Fury’n’Grace have a more progressive and even bizarre approach to songwriting.

The ten minute plus epics that found their way onto the predecessor are no longer an option, but don’t worry, as Diabolism Of Conversation still pretty much fills out the entire space of the CD medium. Most songs are about seven minutes long, but in the end the album rather feels like one entity, with the different tracks often segueing into one another. It’s hard to categorise Fury’n’Grace’s style, but how about progressive doom metal? The songs are mostly played at mid-tempo pace, but it’s the unusual guitar riffs reminiscent of early Sieges Even that add an utterly progressive touch. Apart from the stellar songwriting, I want to point out the amazing guitar sound that sometimes is only a little distorted and thus adds a lot of warmth to the music, and also the out-of-this-world vocals of Deathmaster, whose hoarse yet melodic performance carries the whole affair.

While it is difficult to highlight any specific songs (in a sea of greatness, it’s hard to stand out!), there are still some that deserve some special attention. In Midnight Gardens Burn The Veils Of Evening Fears for instance shows the band from all different angles, while things get even weirder on the following The Serpent, which again segues into a The Serpent: A Mystery Planned Within Me By The Sea that reprises the song’s motives in a more acoustic way. Strangest of all is beyond a doubt the harmonium and percussion only Von der Vermählung des Salamanders mit der grünen Schlange with German spoken word performance that give it a true radio play feeling.

When I reviewed their debut, I had wished for more accessibility. In this case, I am glad that the band didn’t heed my counsel, as despite their even more angular approach, I understood this time that I would have to spend even more time with their album before I could even dare to give it a review. I am quite certain that Diabolism Of Conversation is not for those who want to have easy access to their music, but if you are willing to invest your time, you will be rewarded by one of the most intriguing metal albums of all times!

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