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An album to check out in black metal - 87%

CHRISTI_NS_ANITY8, February 23rd, 2009

Since the day I saw a review for this album on an Italian magazine, I’ve always been truly curious about this band. The Legion is a band that became quite popular in the genre because Emil Dragutinovic plays the drums here and he became quite popular for having played with Marduk too on the most recent efforts. However, apart from this, I read lots of good things about the violence of this band and the way the members were able to mix the brutality of death and black together. The product we are talking about is called Unseen to Creation and it’s from 2003.

The introduction should always transmit a sort of dark aura and so it is. “Retribution” makes its appearance through immediate blast beats and screams. The stop and go are multiple and the riffage takes from death and black in equal doses. The palm muting sections are alternated to the tremolo ones and the general atmosphere is just frozen. Clear, evident influences can come from Dark Funeral, especially for the fast black metal sections but the riffs have also a hint of thrash and that is perfect. The production is a thing that I liked a lot here: it’s not too pummelling or overproduced. The rawness of the classic black metal really has its personal place, without plastic and too loud sounds. Everything must conserve a quite original (bound to the roots) sound.

The black metal shrieks are even mixed with few growls to be always on balance between the two genres. The following “Those Beyond” is an example and the riffs are often with a hint of progressive inside, without deforming the original attitude towards extremism. The dark restarts are full of blast beats and Emil does a great work also when it comes to the rabid, sudden tempo changes. He’s versatile, fluid and powerful at the same time. “Redeemer” seems to come out directly from an album like The Secrets of the Black Arts with its icy riffs and the long blast beats sections. “Cosmopathic Deathvoid” is more varied and shows several dark passages, from the bass to the guitars without forgetting the sudden blast beats explosions.

Few parts are remarkable for that hint of dark melody and this binds the band’s style to another one, the one that made school in this genre: the one by Dissection (“On Swift Wings” with its arpeggios and the frozen-epic style). “Knee-Deep in Blood” is far more violent and displays evident Dark Funeral influences again. “Ascendancy” is a slow march in the dark and the style takes a lot of its melody from the lead lines that contribute in adding the right sense of darkness. “Awakened Fury” features a darker intro to display a progression in speed and violence. As we go on, the structure becomes heavier and faster, reaching the limit with lots of blast beats sections.

“Invoking The End” is another short, instrumental track with weird sounds and the rolls of the drums to announce the last “Rise of the Fallen”. The Dark Funeral influences return to support a far faster and heavier track. The tremolos and the open chords riffs are perfect to support a glacial and dark aura, ending in a violent way a competitive product in black metal. All things considered, this is not a masterpiece, absolutely, but has a good songwriting. The musicians are all experts and this helps but how many times we found disastrous efforts by competent musicians? So, let’s enjoy this dark gem!