Formed in 2013, THE BLACK FURS are the very definition of a CULT band. Hailing from Argentina, the power trio may residually reside in the same stoner doom scene that has given us such heavyweights as FULANNO, MESPHISTOFELES, SAHARA, THE CROOKED WHISPERS, SERPENT COBRA, and EN LA NIEBLA - all bands within the orbit of HELTER SKELTER now, of course - but THE BLACK FURS dub their sonic style "Death Blues," and for good reason: often doomy and most definitely stoned, sure, but there's a grand helping of garage rock gurgling within their soupy cauldron. Think more Nebula or MC5 rather than Electric Wizard or Sleep, but of course with that uniquely Argentinian twist.
Originally released in 2016, Doomed Blues was the first full-length BLACK FURS recording - and it was truly titled. Scorched and sizzling, there was a richly throwback vibe of this 52-minute travelogue. Part psychedelic Stooges, part '90s garage rock revival of '60s garage rock, and a love of Sabbath by way of Sleep, Doomed Blues threw in everything that was at the power trio's disposal, often going for overload and always succeeding in stoning the fuck outta the listener. Despite its title and their "Death Blues" demi-tag, Doomed Blues nevertheless possessed an endearing sense of fun: that grit, grime, and glory of raw-as-fuck ROCK. Thankfully, THE BLACK FURS would keep this relatively sunnier disposition intact and make a whole thrill-seeking (and still-going) catalog out of it.
HELTER SKELTER is bringing THE BLACK FURS' back catalog to a wider scale with a full reissue program, all in anticipation of the band's third album, which should see release in 2024.