Furze

Psych Minus Space Control

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Theoretically, given Furze's combination of general obfuscation about their membership and intent, not to mention a career stretching back over a decade plus recordings well earlier than that, the band's fifth album should be some kind of cryptic masterpiece. But the brilliantly titled Psych Minus Space Control doesn't quite live up to the promise of either the name or the intent, feeling more like a series of generally well-meaning exercises in metal form than some sort of monumental effort. Certainly the expected Black Sabbath worship is well in place, but on a song like the title track, the end result is both a bit clearer in the mix than Sabbath's legendary classic recordings while not being anywhere near as swinging as they were at times. "When Always Ready" does do a quick crunch and thrash and boogie well enough, but this is on balance a bunch of not too gripping instrumental exercises, aside from some growls that surface more toward the end.

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