|Review: Lethal Steel - Legion of the Night|
|Legion of the Night|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 12, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Legion of the Night
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Sweden. I should have seen that coming once I started listening to Lethal Steel's Legion of the Night. That particular Scandinavian country has become a hotbed for old-school and retro Heavy Metal over the last few years, with many quality albums emanating from the fjords like Viking longboats. Lethal Steel has taken a slightly different tack from other Swedish bands like Enforcer, Katana, Ambush or Rocka Rollas. The songs on Legion of the Night are fast but not what you would call "Speed" Metal and instead of an up-close-and-personal production that sounds like the band is in the next room, Lethal Steel have opted for copious amounts of echo on both the clear, strong vocals and simple, catchy guitar riffs. I'm reminded of songs like Priest's "The Sentinel" and Warlord's "Black Mass" when I listen to "Warrior" or "Into the Void of Lucifer." The atmosphere of the album is of the grand and epic style that bands like Omen, Manilla Road and Mercyful Fate were doing back when most bands were still firmly rooted in traditional Hard Rock and simply turning up the speed and volume.
Legion of the Night is a quality example of what a lot of us were looking for back in the 80s when much of the Heavy Metal from the latter part of the NWOBHM and America was getting watered down and commercial. It possesses the spirit of the underground and a desire to tell stories of ancient times, battles and demons and for that I thank them. I like a lot of Heavy Metal but this is the style that got me hooked.
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