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Hurry Scuary - 1988 Break It Up

ARTIST: Hurry Scuary
ALBUM: Break It Up
LABEL: Air Records
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 1988, Victor (Japan), R32A-1036


LINEUP: Yasuhide Minami -vocals * Hideaki Nakama - guitars * Taku Izuhara - drums * Junichi Nishino - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Top Dog - Reaching For The Sun * 02 We Can Try Again * 03 You Need A Man * 04 Open Your Eyes * 05 Run For Your Life * 06 Dirty Streets * 07 Crazy * 08 Nothin' New * 09 Feelin' High

I'm a bit of a sucker for some of the Japanese melodic rock bands that have appeared down through the years. We've covered some of the better known outfits such as Bow Wow/Vow Wow, Anthem and Loudness, but now we'll look at a few obscurities. First up is Osaka band Hurry Scuary. The band first formed in 1983, and appeared on a metal compilation called 'Battle Of Metal' in 1984 along with other Japanese hopefuls Marino, Rajas and Sexual. The Scuary ones then released a three-track demo in 1987, before signing to Air Records for 1988's full-length CD 'Break It Up'. Unlike the other bands mentioned, HS sing mostly in English, and their sound is quite bombastic, mixing equal parts of Impelliteri, Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat and other European bands of the era.

The Songs
There are some absolutely monster songs here. No two ways about it. However, it's a burst of keyboards that precede the wonderful 'Reaching For The Sun'. For a minute I'm thinking it's Steffanie with male vocals, a catchy melodic rock offering with less emphasis on metal. Things definitely get heavier on 'We Can Try Again'. On this one, I'm thinking of a metallized version of Treat, which is a good thing for sure. Singer Yasuhide Minami definitely has a similarity to Robert Ernlund in places. HS slow things up for the power ballad 'You Need A Man', but hit the accelerator on the power rock of 'Open Your Eyes'. An immense late 80's slice of Japanese metal. More keyboards announce 'Run For Your Life', a calming affair for the first part, then picks up the pace in the back half. Another placid intro is encountered on 'Dirty Streets', once that is out of the way, HS hit high gear with some octane powered metal. Nakama throws in some neo-classical passages to boot. 'Crazy' keeps to the mid-pace tempo, though lacks nothing in power and intensity, including more stunning lead guitar from Nakama. 'Nothin' New' is Hurry Scuary's most restrained song on the album. A ballad which features orchestration, organ, and acoustic guitar. The band finish up with the fast-paced 'Feelin' High', which is a just an OTT workout for all concerned, Nakama throwing in a Malmsteen inspired solo for good measure at the 2 minute mark.

In Summary
It's a pity that 'Break It Up' would be the band's only official release, as they split up a year later in 1989. Guitarist Hideaki Nakama is a bit of a six-string master, and has previously played with the aforementioned Anthem, Hell N Back, as well as having a solo career. I'm sure I have seen somewhere that subsequent HS material has appeared elsewhere, but can't seem to find any information on the Net to confirm that. In the meantime, try and find this album, or better yet, a Japanese CD if your bank balance can afford it!

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