I need to add a disclaimer here that I’m not a massive metal head, and while I loved the likes of Iron Maiden when I was an angry teenager, I’ve sort of been out of the game for a while. I’m not a self-proclaimed music expert, or metal expert, but The Lightning Dream is an unexpectedly brilliant album, as far as I’m concerned.
The release kicks off with a track titled Into The Dark, and at the 25-second mark of this opening song I thought: ‘Oh man, this is actually going to be good.’ If I sound sort of surprised then it’s because I am. I didn’t know anything about these guys three weeks ago, and it was only through a chance encounter at a beer festival that I even found out they exist. A friend assured me that they’re the heavy metal band in Worcester, but I honestly wasn’t expecting such a fine-tuned and professional sound when I first put their album on.
I never do track-by-track reviews of albums, but there are some serious highlights to this record that need to be mentioned here. The second track, Saviour, has introductory instrumentals that make you realise these guys actually know what they’re doing; the same can be said of Prince of Darkness, actually, which is just unbelievably slick in the opening seconds.
The second half of the album is where things picked up for me with Out Beyond The Stars introducing a welcome change of pace (at the beginning of the track, at least); Britannia, which makes an appearance towards the end of the release, is probably my favourite track on the whole album though. It’s a perfect mixture of calm instrumentals with metal injected in the right places, accompanied by brilliant vocals, too - what more could you ask for? While the vocals on the rest of the album are of a high standard - although I can’t help but think their poor vocalist might need a good cup of tea to recover from it all - there is just something special about this track for me.
Okay, so I’m not a massive metal-head-person - whatever the right name is! But, if a metal album (although my iTunes seems hell-bent on branding the album as ’indie rock’) can get a good review from someone who doesn’t even listen to the genre on a regular basis, then surely that’s a glowing review in itself.
Fury are performing at Worcester Music Festival next week (they’ll be at The Marrs Bar on August 29th) before they head off on tour with Attica Rage, and you can find specific dates and venues for that tour (and check out more music from these guys) by accessing their official site here.