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Harmonizing Heritage: How Fury Is Revitalizing Classic Metal

Published / Mon 15 Apr 2024

Harmonizing Heritage: How Fury Is Revitalizing Classic Metal

Photo: Harmonizing Heritage: How Fury Is Revitalizing Classic Metal  /  Credit: Paul Jack

As evening fell and the clock struck 7:30pm, the line to get into the Primordial Presents stage at the PGM 2023 was stretching back to the bar for the much-anticipated performance of Fury.

Known for their electrifying live sets, Fury’s music resonates with the heavy riffs and theatrics from some of rock and metal’s most iconic bands; Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Meat Loaf have all had indelible impacts on Fury’s sound and ethos. This connection created a delightful atmosphere of fun rock and timeless metal that had the crowd at PGM 2023 energetically bouncing in a frenzy of metal mayhem.

Echoes of Giants: Fury’s Heavy Metal Roots

Metallica and Iron Maiden stand as pillars in the pallet of Fury’s musical identity. In a conversation with Roctavia bassist Becky Baldwin states:

Metallica is definitely a big influence, as well as Iron Maiden. Those are the kind of bands that we sound most similar to. There’s also some Meat Loaf influences there, something very theatrical and a bit over the top. For myself, Metallica was a big band that I was super into growing up and Black Sabbath, another big one for me as a bass player. My two favorite bassists are Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath and Cliff Burton from Metallica, so they definitely influence my style. Our vocalist, Julian, writes most of our songs and he’s a big Metallica fan as well. That’s the kind of thing we’re trying to get out of the band really.

I’ve been playing bass for about 17 or 18 years now. I guess there have been times when it hasn’t been my main priority, even though I’ve always wanted to do it. As soon as I picked it up, it was clear this is what I want to do forever. I started wanting to learn because some of my friends were learning guitar and I got into rock music and punk. Suddenly, Metallica was on TV and I was exposed to all these music videos I had never seen before. So, I decided to try the bass instead of guitar, inspired by other bass players in the bands I liked.

I think the first gig I went to on my own was Motorhead, with Girlschool supporting them. That was the first time I saw women playing instruments live on stage, which was different from seeing Nightwish with just a female singer. Watching Girlschool and then seeing Joan Jett years later made me realize that I could do this. Watching a band, I often imagine myself in their place, thinking I could jump up and play a song with them.

Fury’s music is marked by continuing collaboration, with lead singer Julian playing a key role in the songwriting process. The band’s shared appreciation for Metallica helps to create a cohesive sound that breathes new life into the classic sound of heavy metal.

Intertwined with personal stories of musical discovery and ambition, Fury is not only influenced by their musical inspirations but also by a love for live performances and a strong connection with their fans.

Primordial General Mayhem

Primordial Radio is hugely excited to announce the return of the Primordial General Mayhem 2024 with dynamic and hard-hitting five-piece retro-rockers THE TREATMENT headlining the Friday night.

Fresh from their massively successful tour with Buckcherry, they are set to deliver an electrifying performance with one of their biggest-ever headline shows to date. Joining them are the Brighton-based punk-rock aficionados THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS, alongside energetic South Wales rockers JAMES & THE COLD GUN and hard rock sensations FURY, who made a remarkable impression last year by drawing an overwhelming crowd to the festival’s smaller stage.

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Fury’s Fiery Comeback at Bloodstock & Beyond

Following a hiatus from live music since 2019, Fury re-ignited their live shows when they were called upon to open the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock Festival 2021, speaking to Metal Talk Becky says:

We hadn’t gigged at all since 2019 at that point. So it was a little bit ropy in 2021. We were so happy that we were invited back in 2023 because it meant we could do it again and make songs sound the way we really wanted them to be played. It got filmed professionally and there’s a great video of our performance from that year. We were halfway through our biggest touring year ever, so we were working like a well-oiled machine.

Despite not being the heaviest band on the bill, Fury continues to bring big crowds at festivals like Bloodstock:

The turnouts were always really good, but I think it’s the kind of band that you might want to see at a festival. It’s kind of fun. You don’t need to be a super fan to enjoy the live show because it is fast and engaging, and I guess there’s enough breadth of genre and style there.

With their ability to attract large festival crowds both in the UK and internationally, Fury’s unwavering dedication and sincere love for live music, along with the strong connection with their fans, showcase an enduring spirit for the timeless and vibrant world of heavy metal in 2024.

Embracing Change: Fury’s Path in the Music Industry

In the constantly changing world of the music industry, bands often struggle to stay true to their sound while appealing to broader audiences. In a visit to Stompbox Studios in South Wales, where they recorded a single under the supervision of Todd Campbell, Becky says to Metal Talk:

We started to think about changing our approach to the recording. We really loved the sound of the last couple of albums, but some people have said we sound different. Very different live than we do on the recording. So, we were thinking maybe we should try something different to freshen up the sound a bit more.

When we heard that Todd Campbell from Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons had a studio, we thought that would probably be a good place to start because we are getting on with them well, and their latest album [Kings Of The Asylum] sounds great. We thought we would give it a go.

As 2024 approaches and Becky balances bass duties for Fury and now Mercyful Fate, the anticipation for new music from both bands continues to grow:

Hopefully, this year, we will get at least one single out with Mercyful Fate, but the album will probably be the following year (2025). Then there’ll be a big tour of Europe, America, and South America. So, there’s still quite a lot of time. But there isn’t a lot of Mercyful Fate work for me to get on with now. It’s just kind of catching up with the demos because it’s all new to me.

In the meantime, I’ll work on Fury stuff where I can over the next year or two until we’ve got the big Mercyful Fate tour. But everything’s planned well in advance. Everything’s scheduled as it needs to be. It means that I can manage the Fury schedule as well. And because I’m in charge of the Fury schedule, that makes things easy.

Fury’s progression exemplifies a wider story within the rock and metal scene in 2024; blending innovation with tradition by honouring the pioneers who paved the way, exploring fresh concepts, and recognizing the importance of nurturing a deep bond with your fans.

Fury’s dedication to perfecting their music while remaining authentic to their origins showcases a band here for the long haul, building a long-lasting and meaningful career for the band and fans alike.

We can’t wait to welcome them back to the Mascot Records stage for the Primordial General Mayhem 2024.

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