Nuclear Blast Records and Arising Empire have teamed up and are pushing hard for up and coming metalcore band, The Charm The Fury. Hailing from the Netherlands, The Charm The Fury is persistently growing in popularity all throughout Europe.
They have performed several large festivals already including Download Festival (UK), Fortarock (NL), Damage (F), Groezrock (BE), Bloodstock and without a doubt many more to come! Hopefully, there are plans for an extensive U.S tour in the making. Following their debut album, “A Shade of My Former Self“, the quintet are only weeks away from releasing their sophomore album “The Sick, Dumb & Happy“, available March 17th worldwide.
Powered with perilous political views and supported by a very distinct, yet nostalgic sound, The Charm The Fury strives to shed light on society. Inspiring listeners to open their eyes to the pure filth and injustice poisoning the world. Driven by the passion to instill their message, the band is taking full advantage through their hard hitting music.
The Charm The Fury were particularity fortunate in the production of their new album, assisted by some big names in the industry. Ted Jensen (Machine Head, Death Angel, Thy Art is Murder) and Brian Gardner (Suicidal Tendencies, Gemini Syndrome, even the late David Bowie) both mastered the tracks. Joined by the mixing styles of Josh Wilbur, who has worked with ( Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Megadeth) and Stefan Glaumann on (Within Temptation, Rammstein, Paradise Lost). Evolving into a richer sound, “The Sick, Dumb & Happy” has the band moving forward, expectantly to make an impact on the scene.
Resurrecting that sound from 80’s/90’s timeless thrash, combined with their own unique heavy style – The entire structure of the album is brilliant as it flows from start to finish. “Down on the Ropes” immediately begins fueling this album. Intense, aggressive and fresh – Westerndorp‘s raw vocals demand your attention from the start. Catchy breakdowns and tight riffs enhance this track assisted by her guttural screams. “Echoes” the second track and latest music video, sends out a powerful message and deserves that respect, defining the band itself.
On the official Echoes YouTube video, The Charm The Fury comments: “We wrote this song as a response to the aftermath of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris back in 2015. At the time, there was an emerging debate whether or not we should be able to offend others -religious beliefs in particular- and whether free speech can go too far. In our opinion, being able to express criticism freely is the only thing that stands between us, and a total degradation of civilized society as we know it. At the end of the day, offense is something that is taken, not given.” …. Well said.
Scattered throughout the music video are short clips from recent worldly events. Including bits of actual war zone coverage, peppered with shots of the World Trade Center in the last moments. Ultimately the kind of footage the media doesn’t want you to know about or remember. But, never forget. The switch from dirty to melodic clean vocals amplifies Westerndorp‘s talents, showing diversity as we fade out into the third track, “Weaponized“. Tieken‘s blast beats set the foundation followed by lyrics that illuminate the meaning of the song before it.
“No End in Sight” opens up with a lovely gondola serenade, before detonating into a powerful display of fury itself, simply ending the way it began.”Blood and Salt” one of the slower songs, interludes the album with more of a melodic feel supported by crushing tones. Subsequently, “Corner Office Maniacs” is an odd and eerie moment of static and frequencies, lasting just under a minute. Distorted and ominous, “The Future Needs Us Not” .. is sharp, edgy and in your face, which is so very fitting for the title.
“Silent War” however, was a bit of a surprise. Feeling the sorrow within angelic vocals backed by a beautiful ballad of arpeggios and slides, Perdok and Slegtenhorst harmonize epically together on this acoustic track. Snatched from the trance- “Hell in Me” is packed with squealing guitar solos and groovy bass tones formed by Arnoldussen. Fast paced, upbeat, chaotic sing-along, “Songs of Obscenity” entices me even more to see The Charm The Fury live, for pits sake. Instantly headbang worthy – the last track “Break and Dominate” just confirms it.
Overall, an absolute killer record. 2017 is certainly the year for The Charm The Fury. Couldn’t have come at a better time. We are all very eager to see what’s next for this group.
5 out of 5 Rating:
Tour Dates 2017:
Mar 24 Melkweg Sugarfactory Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 04 Patronaat Haarlem, Netherlands
Down on the Ropes
No End in Sight
Blood & Salt
Corner Office Maniacs
The Future Needs Us Not
The Hell in Me
Songs of Obscenity
Break and Dominate
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records/ Arising Empire
Vocals – Caroline Westerndorp
Bass – Lucas Arnoldussen
Drums – Mathijis Tieken
Lead Guitar – Rolf Perdok
Rhythm Guitar – Matijin Slegtenhorst