DEICIDE — Legion (review)

DEICIDE — Legion album cover Album · 1992 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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After receiving a good bit of attention from their stellar debut, Deicide decided to do something a little different on their follow up. Possibly taking a page from Death, by making their sound more technical, “Legion” is an album which really shows off the instrumental side to Deicide. Now in the next few years, the band would take the technical side out of their music, one of the reasons being that the band found the songs rather hard to play live (well, its suggested Glen found them too difficult).

One of the slight weaknesses I found on this album was in the guitar mix. The mix on the last album had a very big focus on the guitar, but on this album the guitars had been turned down, which is rather surprising because the guitar work on this album is a lot more technical than their debut. But, having said that, it is good to finally here the bass and drums, because they are just as spectacular.

The album's intro “Satan Spawn, The Caco-Daemon” is rather twisted and evil song. Starting off with some evil song, it has a lot of change in tempos throughout. Brilliant and really evil vocals from Glen.

“Dead But Dreaming” is a rather interesting track, because the lyrics are based on Lovecraft rather than hurling abuse at Jesus. Some pretty great music moments as well.

“In Hell I Burn” is the longest track in the album and musically is one of the most interesting tracks. Musically, the song's riffs has some rather odd sounds, with one riff in particular almost having a groovy Pantera vibe to it.

The album's closer “Revoke The Agitator” is probably one of the heaviest songs on the album. The chorus is incredibly aggressive, and Benton's delivery is like a snake spitting venom.

In conclusion, this is a pretty great follow up. I do prefer the first album, mainly for the pure extremity of it, but as a second album, this was a very brave move. It's sad that these guys play hardly of these tracks live, because there are some real stellar tracks on it. I would recommend giving this album a listen, because it is a rather interesting piece of work.

7.9/10
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