"Path of Forgotten Souls" is the debut full-length studio album by Spanish death metal act Legacy of Brutality. The album was released through Chief Records in March 2011.
With a name like Legacy of Brutality (the title of a Misfits compilation from 1985) I instantly thought the music on the album would be either punked death metal or death´n´roll. As it turns out I was completely wrong in my assumption as the music style played by Legacy of Brutality on "Path of Forgotten Souls" is old school death metal. Not of the most filthy and primitive kind and not of the über technical kind either, but somewhere in between. The music doesn´t exactly stand out as original or groundbreaking in any way, but the delivery and the songwriting is damn convincing. The brutal yet sligthly intelligible growls are right in your face and the riffs are brutal and memorable. I think there´s a slight nod towards early Gorefest, but it´s not too dominant an influence. I actually think the band successfully blend influences from both US, UK, Swedish and European death metal. Legacy of Brutality skillfully vary pace too, which means that you´ll find both blasting and heavier mid-paced parts on the album, so while the music does reek old school aestethics, the band are skilled enough to execute their music in a techically convincing fashion.
Other than an odd clicking drum sound, which isn´t to my liking, "Path of Forgotten Souls" is a very good death metal album that fully deserves a 3.5 star (70%) rating. If the drum sound had been better I would have given the album an even higher rating.