Composed By: Steven Price
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the movie Fury, set in April 1945, the Allied Forces make their final push in the European Theatre. Battle-hardened United States Army Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) is charged with taking his Sherman tank and her five man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. The crew is already worried about the rookie in their ranks, but now they find themselves outnumbered and outgunned, facing overwhelming odds in their quest to strike a damaging blow to the heart of Nazi Germany.
The musical score of Fury was created by British composer Steven Price, whose passion for music showed itself very early. Learning the guitar at the age of five, Price went on to receive a First Class degree in Music from Emmanuel College in Cambridge. From their he started working in the London studio of Andy Gill and eventually working as a programmer, arranger and performer with composer Trevor Jones. Coming to the attention of Howard Shore, Price was able to work with the noted composer as an editor for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Though Price has worked on a number of scores for film and television, he is perhaps best known for the score he created for Gravity.
For the music of Fury, Price and the director of the film, David Ayer, wanted the viewer to feel the emotion, danger and fear the tank soldiers felt during World War II. According to Price, for Ayer, "the music needed to be honest and true. He wanted the audience to feel; to feel frightened when it was appropriate and give the feeling that life could end just like that." That being said, Price, "used armory and weaponry as instruments to give a sense of a constant grinding forward whilst the orchestra carried the emotion."
The use of a choir in the Fury Soundtrack gives the score a sense of increasing drama. Strings performed with short strokes signifies action. Combined with the choir and electronic sounds (the armory and weaponry), the strings give a sense of grim determination. Long strokes on string instruments lend a sense of sadness to the score. Pianos come in for the dramatic aftermath of war and possible loss.
With the Fury Soundtrack, Steven Price achieves exactly what he and David Ayer wanted to do - bring the drama of war to the screen in full effect, allowing the viewers to see and hear the dramatic emotions, fear and danger the soldiers experienced in World War II. I got a sense of terror-induced adrenaline and a grim determination to survive long enough to strike a harsh blow to the enemy. This is exactly the type of score Fury needed and I definitely recommend this soundtrack to any film score aficionado. The soundtrack tells the story of the film without the visuals as a stand alone album, and perfectly enhances the visuals of the film as background score.