Originally posted on https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Raging_Fury/Raging_Fury/26603/
With so much eclecticism and avant-gardism on the Japanese scene it’s always nice to hear acts who don’t stray too much from the better trodden path. Raging Fury are one of them, three valiant samurai from Kioto (later Osaka) who followed the established canons without too many deviations, still doing a fairly good job along the way. Their early efforts were more on the rawer, bashing thrash/crossover side, intense invigorating slabs of “raging” metal without too many ados.
The band finally put themselves on the full-length release map in 1992 with the album reviewed here. By that time the classic thrash sound wasn’t exactly the most fashionable one on the circuit, but the guys couldn’t care less about any new vogues, and this opus is a prime display of old school fury. In a way akin to their compatriots Outrage and United the band have chosen the Bay-Area models to follow (think Metallica, Testament, above all), and as a result their delivery has become way more complex than the one from their early days. Still, the opening “The Way of Life” is pure thrash/crossover madness, a nice lashing headbanger which doesn’t quite have a match later as “Megaton” hits with more clever arrangements and more tightly woven riff-patterns, setting the tone for the remainder that also includes the 9-min progressiver “A Man Called Dragon” which covers a wide gamut of time and tempo changes also serving several more atmospheric sections.
“Return” could be considered the filler being a not very focused proto-groovy pounder which partially betrays the monolithic old school spirit of the recording. No complaints on “The Triffids”, a blistering technical thrash shredder, the highlight here, and on the excellent poignant ballad “Black Future (the Day of the Triffids)”, a continuation of the lyrical content from the previous track, but on the exactly opposite pole music-wise the hoarse shouty hardcore-ish vocals trying their best to sound more romantic on it, but to not much success. All things straightened on the closing “Man-Spider” which brings back the fury from the beginning to some extent, thrashing with less restraint, with a covert hardcore flair.
Another admirable showing from the Land of the Rising Sun the outfits from there not always compliant with the rules of the metal game which in this case is definitely for the better as the classic metal roster received more support from there during those difficult times. The guys never split up later, but reduced their activities to episodic demo and EP emergencies, all the way to their second official release “Black Belt” in 2013 which was a mixed bag with modern groovers mixed with classic thrashy remnants from the past. Not a flop by any means, it failed to convince the 00’s audience that these once raging samurai would be able to provide a very strong competition to the hordes of classic thrash purveyors swarming the scene at present. The guys came close to getting a black belt in thrash some 20 years earlier… but this time around more than an encouraging pat on the shoulder would simply be too much.