Legacy of Disorder - Last Man Standing
Record Label: Megaforce Records
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Do you like Pantera? Or Slayer maybe? Well, this review might interest you in some degree. Though not a complete copy of either band, Legacy of Disorder taps a number of hard rock, heavy metal and even death metal bands in their disc Last Man Standing. To be quiet blunt, this is a record of chunky riffs and gruffer vocals that focuses much more on memorable songwriting than on impressing us through ripping guitar licks and ridiculous drumming. And in that aspect, Last Man Standing works well enough that even though you won’t be blown away by this record, you’ll be hard pressed not to find something to enjoy about it as a fan of heavy music.
The starting siren for the record is a bit of a dud, though the beginning of “Thorns” isn’t the best of bunch. From those first few dozen seconds though, the idea of this band is pretty clear – crunchy riffs and thundering drums that come together for a slightly less adventurous thrash sound. “Punish All” is a better example of the band though, with flashes of guitar whips and downright evil riffs that border the line of hardcore and metal pretty well. That energy is present in a good deal of the band’s cuts, but especially here where the ever-punching drums help keep the riffs from getting a bit too static.
The clean intro of “March to Death” sets an interesting tone though, one that isn’t heard through much of the album, as the slower, methodical riffing of this one is effective as it moves from somber to pulsing. Again, there isn’t anything overly flashy, but the triplet-based riff is undeniably catchy. Those slower moments might be where Legacy of Disorder excels the most, be it the headbanging rhythms of “Break” or the restrained moments in closer “Came to Fight”. On the flip to that though, it also exposes any inconsistencies in their songwriting – be it the rocky beginning of “Hell Tonight” or the not quite there bridge to the title track. The latter just doesn’t meet the energy of its surrounding writings, as the slower, somewhat barren passage simply moves too slow to really keep up with things.
On the flip side, there are certainly some times where you get the feel of some particularly good musicianship in the mix, be it through a guitar solo or some simply impressive drumming. The title track’s middle features a pretty solid guitar rip, as does “Hell Tonight”. Do I think there should be more? It certainly wouldn’t hurt, but it might also detract from some of the stronger riffs that don’t need the support of domino-like melodies.
If you’re looking for metal that is amped up on guitar solos and shredding to the max, Legacy of Disorder might not completely satisfy your appetite. But as far as writing catchy riffs and solid structuring, this is a band that knows what it is doing at least in that aspect. Certainly an album worth giving your time to if you’re in the mood for some mildly nostalgic metal.
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