LEGION - LEGION
Metal To Infinity
know the American Legion but I’ve never heard of these guys from Wolverhampton
– England. This seems to be a melodic Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band but it
takes only a few notes to be astonished, to lay back and enjoy this goodie! In
this band we can find back Phil Vincent and guitar player Vince O’ Regan (Bob
Catley, Eden Pulse). Furthermore also drummer Steve Hopgood (Jagged Edge) and
Lionheart Bass player Gavin Cooper are present. I don’t know if all names are
ringing a bell to you but at least the bands they’ve played in should convince
you some first class professional musicians are making part of Legion.
while writing this review I dig further into this Legion CD and what I discover
are fan-tas-tic and fast fingered guitar solos. They fit this kind of melodic
Hard Rock / Metal, with an eye of a blink to AOR, very well. I don’t have the
feeling listening to a British band by the way although at some points some more
melodic NWOBHM tunes can be discovered. Think Elixir in a beautiful mix with
Dokken, Whitesnake, House Of Lords, Blue Murder….
Legion seems to be a blistering for all those who are into bands for whom
a perfect mixture of hard hitting rhythms and harmonious arrangements are the
ultimate goal. This kind of music is easy on the ear, enjoyable from the
beginning until the end and refreshing without being innovating!
after another emotional and heartbreaking lead is heading your way but mostly
they’re supported by riffs that remind me of
George Lynch in his older and better Dokken era. Singer Phil Vincent owns
an outstanding and mind blowing voice! His timbre is amazingly strong and he
takes you by the throat with his ultra extraordinary vocal lines. He’s able to
express multiple emotions with his strong lungs, delivering at the right moments
a high scream. The guitars and vocals are delivering on the full CD anything to
keep the listener close to the boxes.
song writing and production are other strong points on this release. As I’ve
said before very professional musicians are working together here, makes clear
that the foundations of bass and drums are more than worth checking this one
out! “Someday” for example, some kind of semi-ballad, is a perfect example
of what I am trying to explain and some great symphonic tunes are supporting
this song anyway. But as I’ve said before, also in this track, the guitar and
vocal performances are godlike! There’s no song I didn’t enjoy but if I have
to name some favorites I go for “Leave Me Alone”, ”Trouble”, “Too
Late” and “All The Way”.
is without any doubts a band with a vision although critics could say they’re
formed in the wrong decade. I don’t actually agree because to me this kind of
Metal is timeless, certainly when it’s good performed! Well structured songs
that keep on playing in your mind, guitars that will give you cold shivers and
vocals that will leave you behind with eyes wide shut. This is a very strong
effort of a band that really needs the right attention. It’s a pity my year
list of 2010 is already on line, if I should have known this one sooner….
My Points: 90 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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