The Lightning Dream
I’m a little late to the party on this one, so bear with me. Fury are a British four-piece who released their first full-length album, ‘The Lightning Dream,’ last year, following a couple of well-regarded EPs. I stumbled across their music quite by accident one day while meandering through the musty, dusty corridors of the World Wide Web, and was sufficiently impressed that I contacted the band straight away and ordered a copy of ‘The Lightning Dream.’ As it turns out, that impulse was well-justified, so here’s my chance to share this discovery with you from my own musty, dusty patch of cyberspace.
Fury are one of those British bands (like Xentrix, Toranaga, Grimmett-period Onslaught, or even contemporary acts like Savage Messiah or Die No More) whose style is not neatly encapsulated by a simple one-word descriptor. There are definitely elements of thrash, symptoms of U.S. power metal, and echoes of NWoBHM running through their music, with the omnipresent shadows of Iron Maiden and ‘Puppets’-era Metallica looming benevolently in the background. And ‘The Lightning Dream’ is nothing if not epic in scope, its 10 songs clocking it a staggering 71 minutes, with no fewer than a half dozen tracks surpassing the seven-minute mark. The lads in Fury are both ambitious and fearless, it seems, and perhaps more than a bit daft to tackle such extended song formats as a basic two-guitar, bass and drums no-frills heavy metal band. But you know what? It works. Here’s why: These guys are good. The guitar team of Julian Jenkins and Jake Beesley taps into a deep reservoir of timeless, sturdy British-sounding riffs that succeed in being memorable without sounding like cheap Maiden or Saxon knockoffs. Jenkins’ voice is hoarse but melodious, and is the kind of voice that not only hits the notes but also connects with the listener on an emotional level. Fury shift tempos and moods effortlessly, whether in a rousing mid-paced anthem like “Warrior’s Prayer,” a galloping monster like “In to the Dark,” a speedy uplifting workout like “Out Beyond the Stars,” or a dizzying epic like “The Lightning Dream” itself. Production values are remarkably high for a self-produced, self-released product by a young band. Indeed, the whole package is top-notch.
From what I’ve read, it’s apparent that the Fury boys are not lacking in self-confidence. That’s a positive thing. They have good reason to be proud of what they’ve achieved on ‘The Lightning Dream.’ More importantly, this is the only the beginning. If Fury will put in the spadework, refine and tighten up their songwriting just a bit, and catch a few breaks along the way, they could become a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene at large. The essential ingredients are all there. For now, I will enjoy the hell out of ‘The Lightning Dream.’ Sure, its 71 minutes can be a lot to swallow in one sitting, but this thing just oozes classy, blue-collar, honest British heavy metal all the way.
~ Review by Kit Ekman ~