Now, it will come as no surprise to anyone that keeps up with all things CackBlabbath that the addition of Furyon to the Download Festival 2012 bill made us happy. If ever there was a band on the verge of breaking through to the next level it’s these guys, and if there was a downside to this announcement it was that they were playing a short acoustic set, instead of gracing one of the other stages with their tight, melodic metal.
Prior to the festival we had been wondering what the actual Furyon lineup on the day would be. Founder-member Chris Green has relocated to America, and while Chris Webb has been doing a sterling job filling in that’s not a permanent solution.
When we last saw the band (in Northern Ireland a couple of months back) they played as a four piece, and that was also the situation here with Pat Heath handling the fiddly guitar bits with frontman Matt Mitchell strapping on an acoustic to help out.
Yeah, as if he wasn’t cool enough already, Matt plays guitar too.
Anyway, the set started off with Fear Alone from their Gravitas debut album which is presently making waves around the rock and metal world. Playing in a stripped down acoustic style often shows up deficiencies in either a band’s playing abilities or their songwriting. Or in cases like this just proves they have no issues in either area. We spent a lot of time at the Jagermeister acoustic stage over the course of the weekend, and Furyon were among the best bands to play there.
Next came the surprise of the whole weekend. Never mind the Cancer Bats joining Billy Talent or Corey Taylor joining Steel Panther. Nope, this was much bigger…. Furyon played a new song And if Nothing On Me is anything to go by the band are not going to have any difficulty building on the success of their debut.
Now for something a bit special. It’s always nice to see a band make the effort to tailor their songs to the Acoustic style, and the whole new arrangement of Souvenirs simply oozed soul and passion. This was the sort of festival moment that you just know you will remember for a long time.
Our Peace Someday stayed more true to the album version before the all too short set finished with a proper-rocking version of Voodoo Me.
The sun had come out, the skies were blue and most of the mud had dried up. This was as perfect a way to spend an afternoon as I could think of.
We have watched Furyon grow up over the last few years, but today at Download they showed a whole other side to the band’s abilities. It was a brilliant performance, and if they are not back here next year in full electric effect then there truly is no justice in the world.
And one day I’ll get a decent photo of drummer Lee