Fury embraces ’90s punk nostalgia on “Failed Entertainment”

Miles Parrish

Known for their high-energy, aggressive music, California-based hardcore band Fury released their new album “Failed Entertainment” May 3.

“Failed Entertainment” starts off just as strong as one would expect from a band like Fury. The opening track, “Angels Over Berlin,” takes very little time to slap you across the face with a heavy guitar riff backed up by equally forceful drums. Jeremy Stith, the band’s vocalist, matches the energy provided by his bandmates as he yells out through the thunderstorm of electric guitars.

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As the album progresses, the third track, “Vacation,” displays Stith’s desire to stay away from work and never leave his vacation that has just ended. The song takes on a sound that is reminiscent of ’90s alternative rock bands, such as Stone Temple Pilots, but with the band’s own take on it. It feels like a throwback to an older time in music, while also maintaining a sound that does not feel stale.

As the album carries on, however, it feels as if “Failed Entertainment” does not fully evolve. None of the remaining songs are inherently bad by any means, but in the context of listening to an album from front-to-back, the crushing drums and heavy riffs begin to feel less and less captivating.

Luckily, at 27 minutes, the album does not leave room to draw itself out, and “Failed Entertainment’s” second half still has its highlights.

On “Birds of Paradise,” Stith highlights the superficial nature of the United States and his refusal to fall victim to it. This song, like “Vacation,” feels like another tasteful grab from the past. This track feels as if the Melvins, known for their hand in the career of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Bad Brains, a hardcore punk band popular in the ’80s out of Washington D.C, meshed styles but polished the sound for a more modern feel. “Birds of Paradise” is arguably the strongest cut on this album.

Overall, Fury’s second release feels like a throwback in a sense, but not in an outdated way. “Failed Entertainment” feels like a project that picks up where alternative rock left off in the late ’90s and refurbishes that sound for the modern day.

While this is an accomplishment, the album can still fall victim to this formula feeling repetitive.

The project has its standouts, too. “Vacation” and “Birds of Paradise” are not only two of the strongest tracks on this album, but genuinely great tracks that I will definitely be holding onto.

Score: 6.5/10

Favorite track: Bird of Paradise

Least Favorite track: Lost in the Funhouse

Miles Parrish can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @parrishm20.