|Review: Infernal Legion - The Spear of Longinus|
|The Spear of Longinus|
Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:The Spear of Longinus
Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)
This is really some quality Death Metal from a band I had never heard of before. There are like three bands called Infernal Legion, but this is the one from the US, and this is their third album in the last decade. I was expecting some tech-style Florida-school blasting, but instead this is an intensely melodic and riff-fueled disc of Death Metal with a real epic edge.
Rather than a US sound, this band is taking much more from the heavier, more melodic approach of classic Swedish Death Metal. The riffs are really good, with big, rolling, crunching guitars wringing out some very melodic and even hooky riffs. The songs are on the longer side, with time to build up a real groove and even atmosphere. The vocals can be iffy, as they alternate between a deeper bellow and a raspier screech. The lower-register vocals sound good, but the screeches are not as convincing, and get monotonous. Fortunately, the vocals are mixed low, and thus never distract from the killer riffing that goes on pretty much nonstop.
With the black and white cover artwork I expected this to sound cheap and be extremely primitive, but instead this is highly advanced yet still vicious Death Metal that rips and storms like. . . well, like an Infernal Legion. Very cool.
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