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Blind Fury: Out Of Reach (remaster)

You only have to check out the band members pictures on the back cover of this one to know where it's heading. Out Of Reach is another re-mastered metal re-release, being 80's heavy metal all the way. Back in the 80's there were countless melodic metal bands or 'hair metal' bands as some were known as, many of which must have gone unnoticed. Blind Fury started out under the name of Satan who had a heavier aggressive sound, and they eventually changed their name to Blind Fury, playing a toned down more melodic style to that of Satan. The Blind Fury name was only used for a short time, and they released the album Out Of Reach, later reverting back to be once again known as Satan amongst other names.

The songs on here really aren't that bad, for the most part they are the type of metal rockers many were releasing, the guitars being the draw card for Blind Fury's music, like those on "Back Inside" with its likable riffs and solos. "Dance of the Crimson Lady, Part.1", the longest and most adventurous number is also one of the better of those on offer. I suppose given this album was released back in the mid 80's, and even with the added benefit of re-mastering of course Out Of Reach is showing its age.

It's debatable whether Blind Fury's Out Of Reach is worth picking up. The fact that Out Of Reach was the only Blind Fury release probably suggests it wasn't a big success. In all probability it was overshadowed by those releases from the bigger groups of the day.

Track list:
1. Do It Loud
2. Out of Reach
3. Evil Eyes
4. Contact Rock And Roll
5. Living on the Edge
6. Dynamo (There Is A Place)
7. Back Inside
8. Dance of the Crimson Lady, Part.1

Added: July 11th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Metal Mind Productions
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Language: english

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Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-11-24 17:47:06
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As the excellent family tree in the CD booklet illustrates, the history of Blind Fury is not a completely straight forward one. Existing from mid 1984 to early 1986 the band would only release one album under the name, although they had previously put out three albums as Satan and would then go on to release a further two under that name, followed by another two as Pariah, before going on to help form Skyclad… keeping up?

Satan came together in December 1980 with guitarists Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsay teaming up with bassist Graeme English. During the four years that would lead up to the renaming as Blind Fury, the band went through two drummers (before Sean Taylor joined) and three singers, the last of which was Blitzkreig frontman Brian Ross.

When Ross departed to rejoin his previous band, the unknown Lou Taylor took the mic and along with Tippins, Ramsay, English and Taylor set about recording an album that sounded so different to the aggressive almost thrash style that Satan had become known for, the band decided to change their name and Blind Fury was born.

Originally released by Roadrunner in 1984 Out Of Reach is an album very much of its time, blending the basic twin guitar sound of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, with a smidge of early Queensryche and a dash of the likes of Liege Lord. Taylor also leans heavily on both Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford for his sound and on occasion there's a hint of Geoff Tate or even Steve Betteney (Saracen) in his phrasing. More importantly his voice soars and dives perfectly for this style of music, he may not be quite in the same league as his influences but he's not far behind.

There isn't a dud song on the disc and opening track "Do It Loud" along with "Contact Rock And Roll" are excellent examples of squealing bombastic metal with thundering rhythms, soaring vocals and duelling twin guitars. They are by no means ground breaking or highly original, however if you are looking for a way to get those neck muscles loose, or for an excuse to dust down the old air guitar, then you won't go far wrong here.

I don't like the word "dated", as I don't have a problem with music sounding like it was recorded in the era that it was, and Out Of Reach is exactly that. It was recorded in the mid eighties and that is the sound you get, right down to the dodgy, cringe-worthy spoken intro to "Dynamo (There Is A Place)", however the sound is sharp and clear. Closing track "Dance Of The Crimson Lady, Part 1" adds a more sophisticated edge to the album with its slowly building epic feel. It doesn't sound out of place, but does give an indication of what may have come next had Blind Fury stayed together and been allowed to mature.

As it was, the fans that the band had amassed as Satan refused to accept the direction they had taken as Blind Fury and before long Lou Taylor was ousted and the name Satan resurrected with Mick Jackson brought in as his replacement. As with so many bands in metal it's a case of what could have been as Out Of Reach is an impressive, though not perfect, debut album and given another couple of releases Blind Fury could have had the ammunition to fight with the big boys.

If you have any interest in heavier, yet melodic music from the eighties then this excellently packaged and impressive sounding disc will be a worthy addition to your collection.

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