|Fury UK/Doomchild/Khaos Theory - Garnlydan, Odin's Rock Club - 25th May 2012|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Saturday, 02 June 2012 04:30|
Okay, not my wording....but part of the infamous dialogue lifted from the Penelope Spheeris documentary The Decline Of The Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years which followed the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles during the period 1986 to 1988 and the notorious clubs these people frequented and performed at on the Sunset Strip....which kinda brings me round to the whole point of my seemingly pointless baffling; the similarity to a certain extent (on a lesser scale of course)...the scene...the bands ...the clubs...rising up but slightly closer to home, scattered around the vicinity of Ebbw Vale with The Steelhouse, The E.V.I. and now the latest hot shack to hang out at and listen to some kick-ass rock an' roll acts, Odin's Rock Club, tonight playing host to one of the finest purveyors of heavy metal/rock...Fury UK.
Kicking it in this evening are Redditch four-piece Khaos Theory: plenty of intensity and bite on tracks like 'Mysterium', 'Fall Back Down' and tunes lifted from their 'Taking Sides' EP, 'Burn Away' and 'Take A Shot'. Interesting chord progressions throughout the set with a similarity at times to Alter Bridge (maybe the guitarist wearing a Bridge T-shirt is a pointer), pacy, fluent riffage interspersed with some gravelly melodic vocals and some neat precise beats from drummer Chelsea, rounding the set off with 'Goodbye (For Now)', 'Call To War' and 'Dismay'.
Hitting the stage running with the musical salvo of 'I See Red' and 'Fall From Grace', the opening tunes from their 2010 release 'A Way Of Life', Odin's Rock Club are proud to present, as part of their European tour, Fury UK. This is pro-metal; the trio, made up of Chris Appleton on guitar and lead vocals, Luke Appleton on bass and, sat behind the kit, Martin McNee, have the stage moves, the musical licks and plenty of swagger to boot plying their particular NWOBHM inspired wares in style. The majority of tonight's setlist is dominated by songs from the aforementioned album that includes 'Alien Skies', 'Nemesis' and 'Saviour' - chest pounding tunage, and those hook laden riffs? "Oh My Dear God."
New song 'Taste The Blood' highlights the progression in songwriting; the three piece are absolutely kicking it with their power and perfect musical synchronicity, thumping basslines and thunderous tub-thumping to accompany the intricate guitar breaks and harmonic powerhouse vocal delivery on tunes like 'The Remainder'and the Maiden-esque influenced epicness of 'Athena', the piping hot 'Manslaughter' lifted off their debut 2008 'Salvation' EP and, of course, obligatory for metal acts, the inclusion of the drum solo before concluding in rip-roaring fashion with 'Run Away From No-One' and 'Call To Arms', featuring riffs to make even Iommi weep, before encoring with 'Death By Lightning', and all this topped off with a killer sound from the Odin's Crew.
But wait...the mythical man behind Odin's, Odin Skullsmasher himself, has taken to the stage calling out to his gathered hordes to scream for more and Fury UK duly oblige firstly referring to Odin as "The True Spirit Of Heavy Metal" and then letting the music do the talking with some frantic fretwork on some truly metal classics, performing an impressive version of Maiden's '2 Minutes To Midnight' and with the vibe in the audience totally electric finishing everybody off with a storming rendition of the Sabs' epic masterpiece 'Heaven And Hell'.
What more can I say? Odin's...Makin' Ears Bleed!
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