‘A Way of Life’ is the third studio album from young, hard working British metallers FURY UK. The three piece is lead by the extremely talented Chris Appleton, who doubles up as vocalist and lead guitarist. Appleton loves to shred and his guitar solos are the outstanding feature of FURY UK’s music, and certainly their live shows.
The ten tracks presented here are very much a slice of classic metal, ranging from thunderous thrash, to more straight ahead NWOBHM. Without a moment to catch your breath, the album jumps instantly to life with opener ‘I See Red’, a self-evidently angry track with a powerful riff that quickly grabs you by the throat and forces you to pay attention to what FURY UK has to offer.
This band are very proud of their metal routes, and show no shame in wearing their metal influences on their sleeves. The excellent ‘Saviour’ absolutely screams MEGADETH, whilst the catchiest track on the album ‘Show of Force’ would fit nicely on a METALLICA album.
‘Nemesis’ and ‘Athena’ show a good ability to mix up tempos, and seemlesly incorporate excellent time changes. The best song on the album is the magnificent 10 minute epic IRON MAIDEN style composition ‘The Remainder’. All what’s good about this band is nicely represented in this track. Good melodies, interesting lyrics, crunching riffs, and lead guitar wizardry to make you eat your heart out.
‘A Way of Life’ is a very good, thoroughly enjoyable metal album, and most importantly, it has enough top drawer songs to freshen up FURY UK’s already stunning live performances. FURY UK remain a bright prospect and continue to do a great job of flying the flag for up and coming UK metal.
Review by James Allman
Release Date: 6th September 2010
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