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Furyon: Gravitas

Gravitas has been knocking around a while now and has been picked up by Italy's Frontiers Records for reissue with a couple of bonus tracks which aren't available for review. Be warned, however, this isn't much like the fare for which Frontiers are known. There are no fluffy keyboards on Gravitas, no high-pitched Steve Perryisms, nor, unfortunately, any memorable songs.

Rather like Rival Sons whom I caught live recently Furyon have plenty of vibe and swagger but nothing in the way of a signature song, nor anything that helped me get a hold on what they are all about tune-wise. I've tried and tried but despite living with Gravitas for a month and spinning it most days I couldn't hum any of the tunes or differentiate any of them whilst staring at the track listing other than possibly "Wasted on You". Maybe they make more sense live but I think I'll wait until the next record before I join in the avalanche of praise which has been aimed at this record.


Tracklisting:

  1. Disappear Again
  2. Stand Like Stone
  3. Souvenirs
  4. Don't Follow
  5. New Way of Living
  6. Voodoo Me
  7. Fear Alone
  8. Wasted on You
  9. Our Peace Someday
  10. Desert Suicide
  11. Voodoo Me (acoustic)*
  12. Souvenirs (acoustic)*

* Bonus tracks

Added: April 7th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Score:
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Language: english

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Furyon: Gravitas
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-04-07 16:10:44
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Having first caught up with Furyon when they toured to support their debut EP (which was given away free with Classic Rock magazine), it has been somewhat frustrating watching one of the most talented and hard hitting new Heavy Rock acts the UK has produced for quite some time, stagnate unnecessarily. A debut album, Gravitas, was recorded and released as a "Collector's Edition" independently through an extremely dodgy and unprofessional looking website, before, some two years later Frontiers Records finally stepped in to give the album a full commercial release. Some may see the Italian AOR label as an odd home for a band who pulse with powerful riffs, thrive on gritty, although melodic vocals and throb with thumping drums. However considering that Frontiers have begun to dabble with acts like Primal Fear and Jorn, maybe it isn't as strange a move as first thought.

Remixed and including a couple of bonus tracks, Gravitas Frontiers style is slightly more refined than it was before, although that doesn't mean that it is compromised in any way. Yes I possibly preferred the rougher around the edges mix the band presented themselves under before, but don't mistake Gravitas for any other than a stinging, power-punch of guitar led Heavy Rock. If the likes of Buckcherry, Rage & Beyond, Black Stone Cherry or Daughtry get your juices flowing, then Furyon will cook up a brew for you. Each and every song is packed with a potency that bristles with energy and enthusiasm, however Furyon have the smarts and skill to take that and mould it into something altogether more memorable and long lasting. "Voodoo Me", "Don't Follow" and "Wasted On You" have that knack of pummelling with intensity, while being catchy as hell, making for headbanging songs that will keep you singing along while you strain your neck. Air-guitars are the order of the day throughout, with "Desert Suicide" adding a more focused edge to the album, while "Disappear Again" and "Souvenirs" illustrate that Furyon also have the hooks to reach the masses in the way that Black Stone Cherry are beginning to do.

The two bonus tracks (acoustic versions of "Voodoo Me" and "Souvenirs") are nothing more than diversions from the main event and as with many of these tacked on the end of album tracks, actually detract from what has come before. However putting them aside Gravitas is an album that deserves your attention and which won't leave you disappointed in any shape or form. Yes it may be far removed from what Frontiers Records fans are used to from their label, but for those of us not afraid to up the intensity and ferocity, it's time to get your Furyon on!



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