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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:41 pm 
 

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For the first time in 25 years, New Jersey's Master Fury see a proper CD release for Hell Party (1988) and Circles of Hate (1989). Forgotten to the winds of time, wild Speed and Thrash metal in the style of Whiplash is at hand, waiting to strike at those who offer their time. Pro-CD with an 8 Page booklet and remastered audio will finally give these tracks the attention they deserve. 300 handnumbered copies will be available.

$10 with shipping. Wholesale available.

I am also looking for anyone interested in reviewing this release for their website/webzine/blog etc.

Master Fury - Hell Party - Crash (1988)


Master Fury - Hell Party - Time Is Right (1988)
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:00 pm 
 

Get it! Top tier yet forgotten speed/thrash.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:19 am 
 

looking for reviews
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:39 pm 
 

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:40 pm 
 

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:49 pm 
 

Bump. Some new reviews on the website too... be sure to check those out.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:27 am 
 

Just sent out some promos for this. Anyone that is interested in doing a review or whatever PM or email me. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:08 am 
 

Some reviews on the website as well as my thoughts on the new Sabbath track.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:31 pm 
 

Bump. Have had a lot of interest this week in particular about the discs so seems like word is getting out about the release, which is awesome. Sent one out to Italy, two out to Germany and few more around the states. I'm waiting for some reviews back on the disc so those should be available in a few days hopefully.

Because shipping prices are so heavy to send international, ask about shipping without cases. That saves about $6 in shipping costs.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:20 pm 
 

Still copies available. Get in touch!

I've totally revamped the website so if you've not seen it, check it out. Also, I will be doing a small repress of the long sold out Maximum Oversatan debut demo Too Evil For Hell. This will be available May 11th after their show.

Also the Forestfather album will be out before the end of the month. It's at press right now.
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 1:28 pm 
 

The first review is in and it's a doozy:

From The Dust Returned

"Reason #116 that small/independent label compilations of underground bands are infinitely superior than larger label collections/anthologies of 'made' bands: because they actually give a shit. And because THEY give a shit, YOU'LL give a shit. Generally when I receive discs like Circles of Hell, be they reissued discographies or demo/rarity gatherings, I make a beeline for the liner notes to read up on the band's history, and in this case, was treated to a great anecdote of the Contaminated Tones label owner, who originally encountered a Master Fury cassette in an old, dusty shoebox and fell in love with it; inevitably inspiring him to get in touch with the former New Jersey trio and discuss a re-release of both their albums. How do you not smile at that? As someone who, when old enough to finally drive, used to head out with friends to comb the used record shops in Boston with his paper route money for whatever metal and hardcore obscurities he could find, how do I not choke up on nostalgia?

Now, granted, none of that rummaging turned up any Master Fury material for me to enjoy, so I'll admit that, apart from seeing the band's name in a list or two, or possibly hearing a video on YouTube in recent years when I was researching deep underground thrash for any unknown gems I might add to my lists, I had no substantial exposure to this ex-Jersey trio. But I'm glad that has changed, because both of their albums are every bit as energetic, earnest, entertaining, and innocent as you'd expect of a hopeful speed/thrash outfit in a time when the stuff was exploding in the mid to late 80s. Okay, perhaps 'innocent' is a bad adjective for something so innocent and face-shredding as Master Fury's songwriting, but there's a peculiar, particular response I've always had to metal like this. Fast, relentless guitars playing with an intensity that made them seem like they were racing against the studio engineer's work shift before the power went out for the night; frenetic lead bursts being thrown to the wind; rampant, angry drumming with spurts of proto-extreme metal technique; and maniacal, over the top vocal charisma. Yes, that same reaction I had to Kill 'Em All or Show No Mercy when I were but a fingerling. Or Sentence of Death. Bonded by Blood. Reign in Blood. Metal Inquistion. Pleasure to Kill. Finished With the Dogs; hell, even Witchery's "The Reaper" much later.

Say what you will about the budget production values, or the lack of total innovation here: Master Fury manifests that same ardent aesthetic...in spades, at least a dozen times across these two collected works. Thus it would be impossible for someone of my background to not begin thrashing around like a gremlin dunked in a public swimming pool after midnight. Circles of Hell definitely draws some comparisons to Whiplash, another Jersey trio, who performed with a similar brake-for-nothing abandon, interspersed with fits of flashy musicality that seemed to hint at 'contender' status against the West Coast and German scenes in dominance by the end of the 80s. But really, apart from their similar love of acceleration and uncouth, rabid vocals, the two groups do not entirely overlap. Master Fury definitely has a lighter sense of humor at times, even unintentionally, like the bridge of "Time is Right" where Queen-like anthem leads tear out over a volley of hyper punk rhythm guitars, or "Riot", which starts out with a speed metal spy aesthetic reminiscent of Wrathchild America, but trust me: they're still extremely aggressive.

Hell Party (1988). Definitely the rougher of the two recordings, possibly due to the transfer, I read that this had some limited involvement from Rich Harter (of Harter Attack, another lost Jersey thrash act). This shit hits like a barrage of old Metallica meets Whiplash/Nuclear Assault, with meticulous rhythm guitars that are often adorned with the frivolous leads I mentioned above. The boxcutter guitar rhythm tone is by far the most powerful element, but the bass and drums pop through, and the vocals, which feel like an ungodly East Coast alternative to the late Keith Deen (Holy Terror), retch and bark like a crate of salacious imps just imported from some preschool in Hell. In what might be seen as an 80s thrash tradition (at least in some circles), this album opens with an instrumental, which to be honest would have been even better with vocals, but quickly sets the pace for most of the material here. And that might be one of my only real issues, that you don't get a great deal of variation in the songwriting. They blaze, and blaze some more, with only a few points like "Riot" where it mildly changed up. On the other hand, the songs are concise and engaging, you never really get bored, only exhausted, and ultimately the speed metal excess here is pure spectacle.

Circles of Hate (1989). The more mature, gestated of the pair. While I won't say that I enjoyed it more than its predecessor, I appreciate that they varied up the material, with slower riffs churning off against the inevitable blitzkriegs of dexterity. I felt that the lead harmonies in tunes like "Die In Your Sleep" and "Son of Man" were catchier and better plotted than the first record. The vocals are still quite nasty, but at times he has dialed down the feral edge so that you can better understand what he's saying. The riff selection is more surgical, but I do have to admit, ironically, now that they've got a few slower progressions in there, I found those to be among the least interesting on both the albums (with the exception of "The Way", which had a great, airy, eerie breakdown melody comparable to something like Excel). At any rate, Circles of Hate clearly was a step ahead in terms of ambition and refinement, which made sense at a time when a lot of similar bands were also coming into their own. The musicianship is better, the lyrics and themes just as relevant as anyone else out there, and its the sort of record, that, had there been less saturation of the style by the end of the 80s, might have made some greater waves in the underground press.

Alas, Master Fury did not prove to be the next Megadeth- or Testament-in-waiting, but in today's climate of rethrash hysteria and the genuine nostalgia and reconnection of the 30 and 40-something audience, I think there's a great chance more people would appreciate the band. Militant aggression (partly due to Digg Rouze's stint in the service prior to the albums), street savvy, striking musicianship, and an utter lack of compromise; just as radioactive as anything else to emerge from the Garden State. Fans of Whiplash, Holy Terror, (early) Kreator, Sadus, Dark Angel, Razor, Zoetrope, Tankard and Sodom are genetically wired to enjoy efforts like these, so I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend checking out the collection. The production is hardly cutting edge, and perhaps the riffs and choruses weren't half so memorable as many of the other acts coming out in that Golden Age of the genre, but regardless they feel crisp, fresh, timeless, and authentic, which is more than I can say for a lot of the retro peddlers. Circles of Hell is a great value, getting it all in one place like this, because there's not much of a chance the rest of us will be finding it in a shoebox of tapes at the local Salvation's Army...though you never know what the hell else is out there. Start digging. And let me know what you find.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 11:18 pm 
 

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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 9:31 pm 
 

Some recent website updates!

Black Sabbath - Headless Cross (Orion_M) http://contaminatedtones.blogspot.com/2013/05/black-sabbath-headless-cross.html

Ad Patres - Scorn Aesthetics (Orion_M) http://contaminatedtones.blogspot.com/2013/05/ad-patres-scorn-aesthetics.html

Coprophilia - Right Is Right (Orion_M) http://contaminatedtones.blogspot.com/2013/05/coprophilia-right-is-right.html

Bitter End - Have A Nice Death (Orion_M) http://contaminatedtones.blogspot.com/2013/05/bitter-end-have-nice-death.html

Metal Core Zine. Interview with Chris Forbes (Orion_M) http://contaminatedtones.blogspot.com/2013/05/metal-core-zines-chris-forbes-interview.html

NEWS:

Official Aeternus Patches: http://contaminatedtones.blogspot.com/2013/05/ctp-004-i-aeternus-logo-patch.html. We will be doing a logo patch as well as an official artwork patch.

Some slight delays on the Forestfather release due to some artwork issues. We are making sure that everything turns out perfect with this release... it deserves it: http://contaminatedtones.blogspot.com/2013/04/ctp-008-i-forestfather-hereafter.html

Maximum Oversatan - Too Evil For Hell has been re-released. $3 a copy. Order them through me. http://contaminatedtones.blogspot.com/2013/05/ctp-001-ii-maximum-oversatan-too-evil.html

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 11:12 pm 
 

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 3:56 am 
 

Thanks to Burning Salts Zine for the following review:

"Are you like me? Are you addicted to speed? It can be a real problem getting that fix especially that fix that satisfied the need for speed. Yeah I'm talking about that drug – that is if that drug is metal played fast, loud and obviously heavy. Master Fury from New Jersey by way of Wisconsin feed that need for speed. Contaminated Tones offers up the bands discography on one CD with all thanks and applause going to the label because I seriously doubt there's much of a chance at snagging an original of one of the two albums present here Hell party or Circles of Hate.

Really there are no complaints here other than why had I not heard of this band before. The tinny production does get matched by some of the bands grooves – if you play these songs loud enough the bass shines through and that tin-thin sound wears away into violence fury and masterful speed metal. Hell Party is a dirtier record and offers the dirty portion of this compilation album. The lead guitar a lot of the time on the Hell Party tracks likes to shred off sometimes seemingly out of place but it's all in the insanity to give the songs the fury and mayhem they already have but it just makes it that much more in your face.

The late 80s were not the greatest haven for thrash metal let alone most metal. Many thrashers of note were experimenting Metallica were creating ten minute long songs. Slayer was not at top form, Testament was adding some slower more contemplative thrash. Exodus arguably were doing Pleasures of the Flesh and Fabulous Disaster which are again arguably good records. Death Angel failed miserably after The Ultra Violence. So point being thrash was struggling after really only a brief period. Sadly bands like this that produced some good good shit went unknown because the record labels supporting thrash were already jumping ship.

The other portion of this compilation Circles of Hate has a pretty appropriate title. While jamming the album I kept thinking this would make for a bad ass circle pit live. The cuts are still fast but a bit more chunky and groove oriented kind of familiar like a bastardization of the prowess of Testament's New Order and the smash smash gallop of SOD. Now in the 2013's and recent years we have the ole retrothrash where bands that sound pretty much exactly like Master Fury are making records that just sound more produced. Forget that if you want to be retro, don't studio produce the hell out of your thrash records.

I'll give warning though, spinning all 16 cuts of this record is taxing on your head it can induce some dizziness or just the need to thrash and mosh so make sure your listening area is secured appropriately. I can't gripe too much and say oh man – those were the days considering I wasn't even a teen in the late 80s but I go back to the gripes I was making bands like this just never had much of a chance sadly. But thankfully we have fine folks to resurrect the releases and have cool cover art make the music easier to access. I've found a lot of good records through this ethic – a good example would be the somewhat recent reissue of that pre-Master band called Death Strike and a hunk of their material – that was some grade A speed, just like this. Thrash, hail kill. - B.W."
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:49 pm 
 

BUMP! Check out the new and updated website if you haven't yet. Much easier to navigate, all reviews for the past few months have samples and video accompanying them. Etc.!!
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MASTE FURY interview online now!

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