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Yet another good band signed to Listenable. - 79%

Monstro_City, November 6th, 2004

There is a serious case of Black Metal going around these days, the genre has simply grown too large for it's fans to support it. Which in my case is good, due to the fact that most Black Metal is tired, overplayed and bad (for lack of a better term). I have many bands to write about, The Legion, however is quite different in comparison (to most Black Metal).

While they are highly influenced by the occult, there is quitea large similarity (regarding lyrics) to that of Brutal Death. At any rate, they do possess the basic requirements of Black Metal, a solid (and repeated) guitar riff that is accompanied by Heavy Duty percussion (or Double Kick). Yet, at many times, The Legion will break away from that exhausted style to perform riffs that are very catchy (at times even Thrashy). And more, they don't just repeat all their riffs constantly throughout any song, they "Invert" them frequently - enabling their listener to remain interested. Unfortunately, the bass that is present within the album is not as abundant, therfore depth is an element that could have been more developed. The good news, however, is that despite the lack of said element, it isn't as repulsive to ruin the album. It has the predictable production quality as most bands on Listenable Records!

Musicianship, as inexorable in Black Metal as it is, remains reproduced, yet still quite entertaining. One particular highlight in "Unseen To Creation" is a little intermission entitled "Invoking The End", which sounds (due to the abscence of their vocalist, and the chords and scales they were using) something Ancient Egyptian influenced very similar to that of "Nile". Keeping in mind that that is only a little ballad within the album, there are more enjoyable tracks, such as "On Swift Wings". This song is very erie as it is Black Metal at it's best (and predicable to some degree), half way through the track there is a cadence that is contributed by a Synthesizer who's musician is unknown. I just assume that it was written by The Legion, however, recorded and performed by their producer and mixer Tommy Tagtgren. This cadence is tranquil, supernatural and religious in nature that just screams repentance. At least until the band returns to the song and continues playing as if to denounce themselves salvation and condemn themselves to eternal KVLT-ness! You don't get too much "trooer" than that!

bands such as this one don't come around too often, there not being too many good Black Metal bands out there (that aren't either really famous or really underground). The Legion is directly inside that transition! This album and band alike is an excellent credit to it's genre due to the genre's detiriorating reputation. Troo!