Welcome to the first installment of Painkiller’s Album Reviews for Broken Neck Radio!
Today we have a little something special for you! OK it is only “special” because I’m
doing it! Lets get on with it shall we?
As you can tell by the title I’m looking at Legacy of Disorder’s new album, which is coming out September 18th in North America. How does it sound? Well let’s start off with a little history of the band!
Straight out of New Zealand this band has been making waves in the Metal scene with their music for a few years now. They recorded their first album in 2008 and now four years later they are coming out with this one. Right now they are getting prepped to do a tour with some big names in metal (GWAR, DevilDriver, and Cancer Bats) on a North America Tour.
If you ask me leaving NZ to come to NA to do a tour like that you must be doing SOMETHING right! So how does the album sound?
First sound you hear is a air raid siren, now as it has been used in many songs from other bands before I always get excited to hear this to see how they are going to follow up with that effect, and needless to say they don’t short change anyone! They come in hard and heavy with their first track “Thorns” and they really don’t let up throughout the whole album. Granted the first song had a Disturbed starting riff to it, you don’t get that feeling after the vocals kick in.
They mix the vocals with your typical growling of the lyrics, however they do it in a way that doesn’t sound like it is going to crush your ear drums at all, it is almost a perfect mix.
From the Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocals it is a perfect mix for the songs that you will find yourself wanting to get up and thrash around. It seems they are going for a different metal style than all the other big hitters yet at the same time get in there with some of their influences.
The Lyrics, at press time, I cant say that I caught all the lyrics, but show me a metal band that sounds like this and tell me if you can hear all the lyrics! However listening to the album more and more, you do start to tell what they are, and they fit with the songs and the songs themselves.
Legacy of Disorder does know how to put a good album together that will appeal to most metal fans. This album is proof of that, the mix they have for everything is pretty even balanced out so that not one instrument or vocal is so overpowering you wish you knew what was going on with everything else in the background. Solos, they are really solid and transitions in the songs are smooth and fit, makes the songs go almost flawlessly.
The album is 10 songs long which is pretty standard and on average the songs are around 4 mins. The shortest song comes in at 3:05 and the longest song is tied at 4:55.
So what is the best song and what is the worst song? Well lets starts with the worst in my opinion. I’d have to say Warrior Gene, as this one has a lot of complicated changes in the music however some don’t quite fit, and some seem they go on to long. By far though I have heard a lot worse from other bands, it still is the weakest song on the album.
The strongest? Well like I said, I’m a sucker for “Thorns” it introduces the album perfectly, the transitions between chorus and the next verses are smooth, and make this song just fucking awesome! I found myself going back to that song a lot. However there are a few songs on here that are right up there with “Thorns” that keep this album in the
Metal Ranks of greatness! Sure people can say that it sounds like a lot of other bands but for fuck sakes how many times have you heard other bands that have sounded like others? These guys may have bits and pieces of bands that you can hear, but at least they TRY to sound original!
This one I’m going to have to give a 7/10, it is a good album, and worth while to pick up and put in your collection. It actually made me want to see the live on the tour they are coming to town with!
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