|Review: Blind Fury - Out of Reach|
|Out of Reach|
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Year released: 2004
Originally released in: 1985
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 19, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Out of Reach
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (16 Votes)
Blind Fury, previously known as Satan, released Out of Reach and it is essentially a follow up to the latter's Caught in the Act. Needless to say that this album is up to par to what was happening during that era. It also follows suit to what they did as Satan, so if you like that band there isn't any reason why you should not get this. The band doesn't do anything different to what you have been accustomed to listen in all these years. It features very good guitars, memorable choruses, rock solid rhythm session and good enough songs.
That doesn't mean that there aren't things that set this band apart. The main one is their singer Lou Taylor who has a booming voice that has to be heard to be believed – he literately explodes out of the speakers. He has a knack for memorable vocal lines given the fact that you won't take the choruses out of your head and to me he is a little bit better than Brian Ross. The guitar tandem of Tippins and Ramsey is as good as they were in Satan; they deliver catchy riffs and hooky solos that are a highlight on the album. The rest of the band is good, but that is to be expected since the members were better musicians than most bands from that era.
On the other hand, the songwriting quality isn't quite as good as on Caught in the Act. There are great songs like the opener "Do it Loud", "Living on the Edge" and the title track. It seems that the band wanted to have an epic feel to the songs and most of the time the result is pretty good, even though "Dance of the Crimson Lady (Part I)" is too long for its own good. However, the high energy and passion that was present in the London scene is very much a mark here. In my opinion Out of Reach is an enjoyable NWOBHM record that is worth having, and just shy of being a masterpiece.
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