Fury UK – Face Of Adversity (2007, Rocksector Records)
Words You Say
Dream As One
The Lost Soul
Chris Appleton – Vocals & Guitars
Adz Galloway – Drums
Marc Dawson – Bass & Vocals
Produced by: Christophe & Fury UK
Total Time = 40:22
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Fury UK are a power trio from Manchester, UK that have been making a name for themselves since their debut album, MY TOMMORROW, was released in 2005. The band has been getting a lot of attention from the European press for their blend of NWOBHM, Hard Rock, and Heavy Metal with a touch of Punk. Comparisons to early Iron Maiden and AC/DC are definitely on point.
‘Krueger’ opens the album with a Hard Rock/Punk style due to the raspy vocals similar to ex-Maiden throat Paul D’ianno. Guitars drive the song and the solo is excellent. ‘Natural Disaster’ is a great song with a another solid guitar riff and better vocals. This song has a major NWOBHM influence to it, especially the guitar, I could hear this back in ’80-’82 easily. A little bass intro starts ‘Words You Say’ and blends into a very melodic main riff. It’s a very commercial song, almost a bit Pop when the guitar cuts out for the vocal but the guitar solo really shreds and brings everything back to a heaviness that the first two songs introduced. You can tell that Chris Appleton doesn’t have a ton of range vocally but the rasp and strain fits so far.
‘Breakthrough’ begins with a quick drum intro and then quickly drives into a fast, almost Thrash vibe mixed with some AC/DC and a touch of Black Sabbath. It’s heavy as hell and it sounds like it came right off the stage. ‘Dream As One’ slows things down considerably. It’s a power ballad without all the pomp and poof, the verses are accompanied by a subdued guitar line that adds a different element while the power kicks in for the bridge and chorus. A nice blend of style with a touch of Zep. ‘Wicked Glass’ storms out of the gate and lets everyone know that Fury UK is about Metal. The layered guitar could be mistaken for Iron Maiden or Metallica but Appleton is doing it on his own. Really heavy and a great headbanging track, one of the best on the record.
‘Truth’ starts with a whirling guitar but sounds a little out of place, something with the vocal throws me off. Is this Marc Dawson on vocals? The music itself is good though. Things pick up and fall in line with the rest of the album with ‘The End’. Definitely Metallica influenced here in the guitar structure but the overall song has that NWOBHM style to it. I like the bass mirroring the main riff and the drums pound, smoking solo. The closer, ‘The Lost Soul’, slows things down again with that Zep-ish acoustic and haunting electric trading things off. This song has a ’70s Classic Rock feel to it
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Fury UK, I had never heard of them and I had never heard a sample until I actually played the album. I’m pleasantly surprised. The album is full Hard Rock and Heavy Metal with influences from some of the biggest bands. I had to keep reminding myself that this a trio because the sound is so good that it sounds like a four or five piece at times. The vocals throw me off sometimes, it’s not like Chris Appleton is Glenn Hughes but he also isn’t Lemmy. His raspy vocal fits the music (like Lemmy does in Motorhead!) Fury UK is creating, it’s definitely a NWOBHM style vocal to my ears. Favorite songs: ‘Natural Disaster’, ‘Breakthrough’, ‘Wicked Glass’, and ‘The Lost Soul’. I’m very impressed and I will be picking up the first album soon.