As the thrash revival continues to slowly unwind, it’s nice to see that there are still new bands popping up that bring something interesting to the table. As much as I love the straight-forward old-school sound of records like “Enter The Grave”, “Feed The Beast”, and “The Art of Partying”, it always amazed me that there were very few bands out there that explored some of thrash’s different styles. Hailing from the UK, Reign of Fury is a band that does just that. While the album cover looks like it is influenced by Toxik, it’s too difficult to pin down their sound to just one band. The opening track, "Goodbye Mother Earth", opens with a Metallica-esque lead before moving to a simpler chugging sound. Eventually, it would find itself in a heavy, stomping groove (not unlike many Obituary songs). And that’s just the first song…
As a whole, it would be fair to say that this is a speed/thrash (or even power/thrash) record. There aren’t any parts that sound exactly like Agent Steel or Heathen, but their influence is definitely prominent. Likewise, the epic harmonies of Iron Maiden are spread throughout the record, most notably on “Heaven Waits/Hell Takes” and “Born To Die”. The former track features some harsh vocals, which are used quite tastefully considering that the majority of the record is sung cleanly. Vocalist Matt Stead is just one of those singers who is giving all of his energy into this record. His vocals are not quite as clean as David White (Heathen), but they also aren't the harsher rasp found in most thrash. He is definitely more of a singer than a screamer, and that works to Reign of Fury’s advantage. Another area where the band stands out is in the guitar playing. The guitars in thrash are always great, but they tend to fall into the trap of playing mainly rhythm parts with a solo here or there. Reign of Fury makes it quite clear that they love lead sections, and quite often harmonize these leads. This increased sense of melody makes it a lot easier to remember the longer, more epic tracks that the band writes. Which brings me to my final point: it’s great to see a band that goes back to a simplistic 8-song album. Metallica proved it better than anyone: when you have your best 8 tracks on a record, it can be 50 or even 60 minutes and still never feel like it has gone on too long. “World Detonation” is another great example of how picking your best songs can translate into a longer album that still remains fresh throughout.
Ultimately, “World Detonation” is just an inspired record. The band is quite open to any metal influences and uses them properly throughout the album. I will admit that if you are only looking for riffs, this might not compete with every new thrash album, but if you want a band who puts a lot of thought into their work to make a unique thrash album, Reign of Fury is the perfect band for you.
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"Heaven Waits/Hell Takes"
"Born To Die"
4.25/5 or 85%.
Written by Scott