Written by Elliot Orban
After an indefinite hiatus, North Californian Hard Rockers He Is Legend has finally returned with a new album entitled “Few”. Having successfully raised over 70 thousand dollars through an indegogo campaign, the band states that this is an offering purely for the fans that have stuck by them through their ups and downs and it is their album as those same fans are responsible for it even existing in the first place.
And what an album it is.
The opening track Air Raid sets the tone. There’s going to be no messing around here. Featuring a blistering chorus riff, great melodic vocals with a healthy dose of grit and relentless up tempo drumming, it’s evident that He Is Legend are out to grab fans ears and take them on a no holds barred headbanging journey.
For its lean 43 minute runtime, He Is Legend runs the gauntlet of great tracks with little to no filler. There are a multitude of standouts throughout, mid tempo rocker Beaufort begins with an interesting syncopated drum rhythm courtesy of Sam Huff (Who only recently has departed the band) and a catchy chorus delivered with gusto by lead vocalist Schuylar Croom, while the track Eastern Locust manages to cram in a multitude of tempo changes and sound suitably epic all within 4 minutes.
There a few musical left turns to keep things varied and also to keep listeners on their toes. The offbeat blues styling of Fritz The Dog is interesting before descending into an absolutely blistering chorus with a great dual guitar run from Lead and Rhythm Guitarists Adam Tanbouz and Denis Desloge respectively, while the introspective Call Ins slows things down. Beginning with a slow tom pattern before being accompanied by a mellow, brooding bass riff from Matty Williams the track shuffles along with completely clean vocals giving off an almost melancholy vibe.
The Final track off the album, The Garden, is an absolute monster of a song; the 6 minute track begins in with a dirge like, doom laden march which recalls Black Sabbath and Type O Negative without losing their own identity in the mix. The tempo picks up when the vocals kick in and there are some tight guitar riffs before taking off midway for a great multilayer guitar solo that nimbly jumps through different rhythms and showcases how tight this band really is. By the time the track begins to fade out, it feels as if the song could have continued for longer; one could only imagine this track would be ripe for improvising and extending for their live shows.
By the end of the album, fans who had donated generously to make sure this record saw the light of day would be hard pressed to find any faults with the finished product, the same can be confidently said for a casual listener as well. The album is pure hard rock with enough detours to keep things from going stale. An excellent album from a group of tight musicians playing music that will keep you headbanging away into night.
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