|Review: R.U.S.T. - Legends|
Label: Pure Underground
Year released: 2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 1, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
R.U.S.T.'s (short for Rock Under the Sign of Thunder) Legends is a decent collection of old school-influence Heavy Metal with a modern sound. The guitars have a nice crunch but they dominate the mix too much giving the bass and drums little room to show off. There are galloping riffs in the style of Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" on tracks like "Warriors of Heaven" and songs that start out with acoustic guitars and spoken/sung lyrics and then crank up the amps like any number of old Manowar tunes (i.e. "Sign of the King.") Overall, the music is generic but played well enough.
What holds Legends back are the vocals of Mircea Cristea. He's not a bad singer but his voice is thin and wooden. He displays a very limited range on Legends and does not project much emotion or feeling. He sounds uncomfortable with the lyrics, like he is reading them as he sings or perhaps he's just going through the motions.
With better vocals and stronger songwriting, R.U.S.T. could make a name for themselves. Until then, they are just another faceless band in an overcrowded Heavy Metal scene.
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