Washington DC's Fury existed for a few months back in 1989, and included future members of amazing bands like Swiz and Ignition, Circus Lupus, Dag Nasty, Bluetip and Jesus Eater. This EP was their only release, and huge cheers to Jade Tree for re-releasing it now, for the first time ever on CD. Six songs, 12 minutes. That's all it takes, really.
Even by today's pretty high hardcore standards, Fury sound as razor-sharp and uncompromising as they must have done back in the day when this one first was released. Panicky, tense vocals and a furious, urgent musical attack go together to create some of the most exciting and demanding hardcore you've heard.
"Psycho" is the pure, distilled sound of DC hardcore, while the opening title track is more of a churning, old-school hardcore thing. "Space Love" is furious and snarling, a defining punk moment, while "Last One" is the sound of a studio being trashed. "Circle Of Lies" is absolutely great, with Fury barely being able to hold it all together, and "Shotgun" is an intense, crushing track, hardcore with an attitude. All of it is brilliant, of course, and a must-have for fans of late-'80s hardcore. A seminal release from a truly legendary, pioneering band.
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