Title - 'Fury' (Varese Sarabande)
Artist - Steven Price
April, 1949. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
This new Brad Pitt movie has long been waited for, ever since early summer brought with it en masse of on set photos of Pitt leaning up against the tank they have named, Fury. And so, as he leans there, covered in grit, dirt, a fighting spirit running through him, so too does the soundtrack score to this film embody all that also.
Academy-Award Winning composer, Steven price ('Gravity') has nearly done a 180 here in terms of what he won for with 'Gravity' and the Hell that is the terrain downtrodden by Fury and her five-man team.
The honor of each of these five men, their individual bravery is etched into every drawn line of this composition, leaving the listener on the edge of their seat - whilst watching the film, listening to said score - as if there was, indeed, life and death on the line before them.
It's as true and as honest a score that I've heard in years, and most definitely one of the finest to come out this year. He shows us, through closed eyes listening to the soundtrack score, just what it must have been like to be knee deep in World War II. More than that, Price also brings to the fore the mechanized warfare used at that time - which means we get to hear the primal, guttural armory and weaponry used as instruments also.
Heavy treading, a deep sense of overwhelming bravery, a lack of fear, all sum up not only Price's score, but the brave men who fought in this, and all other wars known to date.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk