There’s something about Worcester’s Fury that I’ve always found appealing since the first time I discovered them. It’s not just that I love their music, which is extremely accessible, catchy, and technically proficient. It’s not the fact that they’re charismatic guys and exceptional performers live, though that’s something that’s undeniable. What I think I really enjoy is that they have the same simple, unfussy charm that Dio had for me; an unashamed love of subject matter that others might feel cliché, but the ability to use it to create something that’s just ‘fun’ to be part of. And their latest offering ‘The Lightning Dream’ is a reinforcement of that.
With the first track ‘In to the Dark’ Fury set a very high bar in terms of catchiness. It’s pure, no nonsense, riffs, beats, harmonies and a chorus that you feel like you’ve known for years. This is a band that really knows who they are, and every song shows that stamp of authority. As the album continues through ‘Saviour’ and into ‘Edge of Time’ there’s a feeling of real maturity to the structure and pacing; no wasted riffs, no over-indulgence, just genuine, heartfelt classic metal. With ‘Warrior’s Prayer’, a track I’ve grown familiar with from their live shows, Fury play to their strengths with building, atmospheric, anthemic vocals that tease into beautiful soundscapes of rich guitar harmonies and driving riffs. Let’s be clear about this, Fury haven’t created anything that will break new musical ground, but for me that’s why I love them. They are quite simply pure, catchy, brilliant metal, and there aren’t many bands pulling that off these days. A standout track from the second half of the album is “Out Beyond The Stars” which shows how the band have progressed since their last release. It has the stamp of a metal classic in the true vein of Dio, or later Sabbath; classic structure, blistering solos, and again catchy as hell.
All in all this is a grade ‘A’ brilliant album. It’s full of tunes that’ll stick in your head, and never gets dull. Fury are truly standard bearers for the confidence of British Metal today; not afraid to pay homage to the classics, not looking to find a forced ‘edge’, just writing solid, humble, well produced music. This album surely takes them one step closer to the recognition they surely deserve. Makes sure you catch them live too.
All in all this is a grade ‘A’ brilliant album. It’s full of tunes that’ll stick in your head, and never gets dull.