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Furze & Woe J. Reaper 25 anniversary double tape box set!


Norwegian black psych metal act Furze and the sole member behind the project, Woe J. Reaper, is celebrating Furze and Woe J Reaper’s 25th anniversary with the release of a limited and special edition cassette box set via Devoted Art Propaganda.


The box set includes the original Woe J. Reaper “Necromanzee” demo from 1998 on one tape, while the second tape consists of unreleased material from 1992-1998. Limited to only 100 copies, it comes in two cassettes with two separate artworks in a common box. First tape comes with the original 1998 demo art. The other comes with a newly assembled 1992-1998 "Drinking the Blood of Metal" artwork with unseen photos and extensive liner notes describing that period of Furze’s history and the local scene. It will not be available on streaming services.


The limited cassette box set can be ordered now via Furze’s Bandcamp page and via Devoted Art Propaganda.


Woe J. Reaper said: “For the 25th Anniversary Woe J. Reaper has dug deep into the archives and hereby presents you a gift not only with the original NECROMANZEE demo and cover artwork, but also a whole album's length bonus tape (!) with material taped down between the prehistorical Woe J. Reaper days in 1992 up to 1998. Basically a rare as fuck, no, first-ever, possibility to hear things stretching this far back. For info: None of this bonus material was presented on the HIDDEN HITS Vol.1 comp LP box back in 2013. This material will be unique and not on Spotify etc.


In early 2024, Woe J. Reaper will also release a new full-length album, “Caw Entrance” under the Furze name via Devoted Art Propaganda. A new track “Foresee His Infernal Rites” can be streamed now via Spotify and Bandcamp. Further information to come soon.


Furze was established in 1998 in Trondheim, Norway out of the dust of the Woe J. Reaper project. Under the Furze name, seven full-length albums were released: Trident Autocrat (2000, Apocalyptic Empire Records), Necromanzee Cogent (2003, Apocalyptic Empire Records), UTD (2007, Candlelight Records), Reaper Subconscious Guide (2010, Agonia Records), Psych Minus Space Control (2012, Fysisk Format), Baphomet Wade (2015, Freshtea) and The Presence… (2018, Polytriad Fingerprints). On top of that Furze/Woe J. Reaper’s discography also consists of multiple demos, EPs and compilations. The early demos were released in a time in the pre-2000s when there was little originality in black/old school metal – Furze is probably Norway's (or the underground in general) most influential music to arrive in the late 1990s/2000 when talking about black metal newcomers. Fenriz of Darkthrone fame praised Furze and even featured it as his “band of the week” and played tracks on his Fenriz Radio.

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