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LEGION OF THE DAMNED RAVENOUS PLAGUE ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

LEGION OF THE DAMNED - RAVENOUS PLAGUE

NAPALM RECORDS

JANUARY 3 2014

 

 

Dutch thrashers Legion of the Damned seem to be on the verge of their big break after ten years and numerous personnel changes ‘Ravenous Plague’ is an album that builds on the excellent ‘Malevolent Rapture’ taking even further the amalgam of straight heads-down Thrash and Death Metal.

 

It’s also an album that offers more than genre-by-numbers: on one hand you get the cinematic stylings of ‘The Apocalyptic Surge’ that could grace the screen in any dark horror; and on the other there are the solid as steel thrashers like our two melodic-Thrash openers: ‘Howling For Armageddon’ and ‘Black Barron’. Legion’s song-writing is of the highest order throughout this album and the musicianship is the sound of a band that just complements each other so well.  

 

What I love best about this album is that it has a great dynamism and yet shows remarkable variety and seems to have a huge desire to show the possibilities of what some consider a largely unmoving genre. ‘Ravenous Abominations’ cannot fail to move you (or at least your head); and while tracks like ‘Armalite Assassin’ might be about the coolest name for a song all year strangely it pales into comparison with some of the earlier tracks here. ‘Doom Priest’ has a great slow almost Sabbathy intro before busting into my favourite here, with a riff you could smash down mountains with.

 

Legion of the Damned has produced a fine album here that shows that European Trash is not only alive and well it’s going through a period of rebuilding and resurgence.    

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

LEGION OF THE DAMNED RAVENOUS PLAGUE ALBUM REVIEW 2014