There was much rejoicing in the MetalTalk.net offices yesterday when Iced Earth announced Luke Appleton of Fury UK as new bass player. Luke replaces Freddie Vidales who has announced his intention to retire from Iced Earth after completion of the band's Chinese shows this month.
Fury UK are a band we championed on MetalTalk.net last year as were lucky enough to catch them supporting Iced Earth on the 'Dystopia'. They made a big impression on that tour and clearly not only on the audiences.
But what does this mean for Fury UK? Is it the end for this three-piece with that enormous potential? Well sort of but not quite...
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Founder-member and lead vocalist/lead guitarist Chris Appleton has recently begun work on a new band along with Fury UK drummer Martin McNee. More announcements on this are coming very soon but Chris explains initially.
"Having known for a week or two about Luke's fantastic opportunity with Iced Earth and in any case, always hungry to try something different, Martin and myself have laid plans for a new British Metal band.
"The key difference from Fury UK is this new band will feature a second lead guitarist so I'll be exploring my love for twin lead guitar in the great British tradition of bands like Iron Maiden and Irish rockers Thin Lizzy."
Naturally, this news will have an impact on plans for Fury UK from June onwards and they'll have more details on that soon. Meantime, they confirm the band's UK and European shows during April and May will all go ahead as planned, with Luke in place.
At the same time they also want to make it clear that this does not spell the end for Fury UK.
A brand new Fury UK track, 'Taste The Blood' will be available to fans as a free MP3 download during the next couple of weeks, with a video also put together from the recent performances at Hammerfest (N Wales), PPM Fest (Belgium) and Roeselare (Belgium).