|Review: Limbonic Art - Legacy of Evil|
|Legacy of Evil|
Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
Review online: September 17, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Legacy of Evil
Well, here's a surprise. Some people will claim that Limbonic Art are a great kvlt Black Metal band, but really they have always been also-rans. Limbonic Art had the advantage of starting out in Norway at the beginning of the second wave, and they have ridden that wave through their sporadic career. Limbonic Art were always just too melodic and keyboardy for me - too much goth, not enough metal. After the release of The Ultimate Death Worship in 2002 the band broke up, saying they were out of ideas. I could make a crack and say they realized they were out of money and got back together, but really, since this is the best album they have ever done, I am inclined to be charitable.
This is by far the heaviest and most aggressive Limbonic Art album, far from the keyboard-drenched syrup of their older works. Legacy Of Evil is like a whole new band, with the guitars taking center stage and the keys providing space and symphonic sweep. It's true that this is ground well-mined by Emperor ten years ago, but I won't complain when it's done this well. This album is highlighted by epic riffs, solid songwriting, and precise playing that makes it a pleasure to listen to. Strong points like "Lycanthropic Tales" and "Twilight Omen" show off the successful way Limbonic Art have melded their old melodic stylings with a sharp and vicious attack. I was not expecting much out of this, but I've had a hard time prying this blistering hurricane out of my player. Excellent.
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