YAY !! It’s Hammer(fest) time again and, as usual, Thursday night is party night at this 6th installment of one of THE best festivals on the calendar. It may be a bit of a drag to get to the far flung corner of North Wales where the UK Metal fraternity take over Hafan Y Mor holiday camp for three days of excess by people who are frankly old enough to know better.
After (eventually) locating the caravan and getting our stuff together it was game on, and CackBlabbath headed to the second stage for an eagerly awaited appointment with Fury.
The young UK metallers were one of the picks from Bloodstock’s New Blood stage last year and they have been building on that exposure ever since. Attendance for the early slots on the Thursday can be a bit sparse, but it’s nice to see a decent crowd in attendance, and even at this early stage they were in varying states of inebriation.
Fury’s classic metal vibe is just what was needed to get our party started. Burn The Earth gets things off at a gallop that never lets up. Along with their established tracks we were treated to some new material tonight, well as frontman Julian said “they’re all new to most of you, but this one is new to us too.. so the chance of fuckupability is quite high”.
Fury are a band who pretty much have it all, the talent is a given, but they also have a formidable stage presence, with bassist Mart Trail in particular cutting an imposing figure on stage. As festival cover versions go, finishing up with Drunken Sailor certainly got the audience singing along. Nice to throw in something where everyone knows the words…
Talk about starting on a high, if the whole weekend can keep up this sort of momentum then it’s going to be a classic.