Fury are a UK based band originally formed in Manchester in 2002, "VR" is their second full length album following on from last year's "Salvation EP" and, well it's bloody great!
The album opens with the
title track "VR", a true metal gem that brings Dream Theater and Iron
Maiden to mind, with tempo changes galore, galloping bass lines, harmonized
guitars, and well just class. You can certainly hear Fury's influence's here,
but they (to me anyway) never try to "sound like" them, they just
mix 'em up and give us a great song!
The album continues with "Game Over", which again is a great melodic metal track. To be honest the album is big riffs wrapped around a powerful vocal and thumping rhythm section, creating some absolutely magic metal moments. The band seem to take all the best bits from the major metal bands of the past few years, we're talking the likes of Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Helloween mix 'em together and bring out their own sound!
"VR" is a great album, the guitar work is sublime, the vocals well to be honest Chris Appleton sounds a little like Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) but that's no bad thing. He has a great range that suits the bands sound and the lyrics are brilliant. Dio could be proud in places!
Stand our tracks for me
"Outpost" (possibly the best power ballad I've heard in years!)
"The Human Condition" (should definitely be released as a single!)
To be honest there's not a bad song on here!!!
If you like traditional metal with a contemporary edge, with great songs played by talented and passionate musicians then you'll love this album!
Check it out, buy it, and support a great British band............
by Barry Gennard
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