SHINING FURY - LAST SUNRISE - METAL BLADE
Shining Fury's debut album, Last Sunrise, is one for those who think that Metal Blade Europe is responsible for signing only terrific bands, while detritus like The Fallen and Tourniquet can only come from the American office. Italy's Shining Fury is a new signing to Metal Blade courtesy of the European office of Metal Blade.
As if it was not bad enough that Shining Fury - winner of the Metallian Misnomer Of The Year Award - uses keyboards, Last Sunrise even features a song complete with saxophone! The songs themselves are hardly anything to write home about. The band's keyboard-soaked brand of hard rock is inundated with high-pitched to shrill vocals which are on the thin side and become tired fast. Snake's Game is one of the better songs on the disc. Memories is a sad tune with an interesting sample and Speed Of Life's melody is reminiscent of Iron Maiden. Otherwise, Last Sunrise has little going for it. It is scarcely ironic that the CD begins with the sound of young children playing. - Ali "The Metallian"