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On disc: Fury UK

A Way Of Life - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

A Way Of Life

A Way Of Life
(Rocksector Records - 2010)

Fury UK is trio from Manchester and with A Way Of Life they present their 3rd album. The Appleton brothers are joined by bassist Martin McNee and together they present a mix of classic rock and NWoBHM enriched with other sound elements. Lead singer and guitarist Chris Appleton is also influenced by some shredders, but isn't pushing too far.
They open up with I See Red, a NWoBHM-influenced track with fast riffs. At Fall From Grace they combine traditional heavy metal with speed metal attacks and a catchy hook. The rhythm section is delivering a solid basis for Appleton's guitar play, but also offers varying rhythm patterns. A Priest-ish tune and so shows one more time the bands influences without simply copying. Towards the end One God gets the song gets a bit repetitive... But it's a nice doomy rocker which shows reminiscences to Black Sabbath. At Saviour they cite Iron Maiden, but spice it up with a dash of hard rock and neo-classical elements. Chris Appleton's vocals remind me a bit of Kick... For Show Of Force they speed up. A fast, powerful metal track with a catchy vocal line. You will find a bit Megadeth in the song. The opening bass line of Run Away From No-One is Maiden-ish, the track is atmospheric and has some complex patterns. The closer The Remainder is reminding me of Metallica's The Unforgiven... And there is something else, it's on the tip of my tongue... When they speed up the Maiden-ish riffing is back.
Fury UK show what bands influenced them and perhaps they have to do the next step and leave this citations behind. At every song you think of one or the other band, even if they are no copycats. The guys know how to play, especially Chris Appleton is showing his talent during short solos. A quite good album, but I hope that they find their own sound and reduces the reminiscences they show. Don't get me wrong, it's fun to listen to the album. Check out: Fall From Grace, Show Of Force and The Remainder.

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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