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Review: Knight Fury - Time to Rock
Knight Fury
Time to Rock

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 39:20
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: August 12, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)

If you like old-school Heavy Metal like I do, you'll be happy to hear Pure Steel is giving Knight Fury's 2011 album, Time to Rock, the vinyl treatment. The lineup that recorded Time to Rock includes Metal luminaries like guitarist Chris Sanders (Lizzy Borden, TSO), drummer Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Accept) and bassist Dave Ellefson (Megadeth). The sound of the album is classic 80s, with an American bent, though the NWOBHM is certainly represented.

The first thing that jumps out from Time to Rock is Sanders' guitar. His riffs are sharp and aggressive are his leads are swirling, bubbly centerpieces to each song. Tracks like "Nothing Left," "Attack" and "Endless Night" remind me of early Lizzy Borden (naturally) and early Dokken. Singer William King has a delivery similar to the late Crimson Glory singer Midnight. He doesn't have the same power or range (honestly, who does?) but his voice, which suits the music well, had me thinking of Transcendence, in spots. The first half of the album (since this is a vinyl release, side 1) is the strongest. A bit of the "happy, party" Metal starts to creep in around the edges on side 2. There are still some excellent songs, but the change is noticeable, especially on the ballad, "Believe." It isn't necessarily a bad song, but it wouldn't have been out of place on Stryper's To Hell With the Devil.

A few weak spots keep Time to Rock from being a tour de force, but there is enough good music to make this a worthwhile pickup for all fans of classic, 80s Heavy Metal.

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