REVIEW: "Slaves Of The Shadow Realm" By LEGION OF THE DAMNED (Thrash Metal)
Thrash Metal/Napalm Records/Released Jan 4th, 2019
In extreme music many bands get caught in a measuring contest on who can be the heaviest. The fastest. The most brutal. So much so that many bands forget to focus on the musical elements like songwriting and dynamics. Legion Of The Damned are a little guilty of that on the two opening tracks of their latest album. Coming out swinging with the most wild and blistering tracks of the record that, beyond definitely hitting the speed and aggression nods, are relatively bland thrash. It’s on track three “Charnel Confession” where the album truly takes off. This track keeps a buzz-saw guitar pace but the drums are in half time providing a headbanging groove before progressing into driving double kicks.
“Slaves Of The Southern Cross” is also a highlight track having a catchy guitar pattern that breaks up the tremolo picking. Along with a slowed down chorus that provides a dark and atmospheric hook. Similar techniques are continued through the rest of the record with “Palace Of Sin” and “Azazel’s Crown” providing memorable thrash riffs. Slaves Of The Shadow Realm packs enough of these quality riffs to make it a solid record. And an enjoyable listen for extreme metal fans.