Released: 2001, Brazen Music
A classic case of, "Do not judge the CD by its cover". The cover is a gorgeous drawing of a fire-breathing dragon, not unlike the style of Richard Corben (Heaven’s Gate). Inside is a very different story, but still excellent nonetheless.
What we have is a four track EP, two originals and two covers. The originals appear first (good move.) and are two classic metal tracks. There is no other way to describe them. This four-piece is from California and are obviously a little older, and judging by their excellent choices in covers, a little wiser too. The covers are Saxon’s “This Town Rocks” and Motley Crue’s “Red Hot”.
The band remind me of many, many other bands, bands in the vein of T.T. Quick, Odin, Legs Diamond, London, and especially Tattoo for some reason. What does this mean? Solid kick-ass metal. No frills, no gimmicks, just four long haired rockers kicking it out night after night in the sweaty clubs of their local circuit.
The production is solid, warm and inviting. The performances are also solid their experience showing through. The vocalist Frank Morrison looks a bit like Ray Gillen and sounds a bit like Graham Bonnet…a brilliant combination! The two original songs are…well…to be honest not all that original. However this ain’t some sissy, shorthaired bespectacled, prog band with 20 minute long songs! These are the type of songs that you probably have heard before but they are done with enthusiasm and passion, which eliminates any complaints one might have about familiarity.
All in all UNLEASH THE FURY IS a great little package. Lyrics, liner notes photos and so on. One complaint! It is too short! I want a full-length CD of originals right now! If you yearn for the days of solid metal without any extra hyphens like “gothic” or “progressive” etc… check Brazen out at http://www.brazenrocks.com.
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Note: Please check out my review of Push Comes II Shove.