I remember thinking that last time round, Legion Of Wolves were somewhat leaden sounding.
That’s improved on this latest release.
There’s a lightness of touch about the drumwork in particular that brings this ten song album more alive than would otherwise have been the case.
Little skips, little rolls on the drums that just give it a quicker, pacier bite.
The production too is a big leap forward, with guitars that are properly muscular.
It’s old school death metal all the way: though tracks like ‘You Shall Know’ are perhaps a bit too old school, in the predictability sense.
The blast beat that opens ‘Plague Of The Immortal’ couldn’t come a moment too soon at three tracks in, and in a way I’m surprised it didn’t come much earlier on the album. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
Their influences are pretty clear: Asphyx’s dark and brooding melody rears its head in ‘Forged In Fire And Combat’, while the tank treads of the mighty Bolt Thrower seem almost forever apparent – most especially in ‘Summon The Elite’ and ‘Brothers Of Fury And Iron’.
‘Summon The Elite’ is probably the highlight on here as it happens. A furious, pummelling workout.
Could it be more varied? Certainly. I also think they should have pushed themselves for a greater percentage of speed as opposed to mid pace on here. They certainly have the chops for it when then do, and it’s invigorating: but that constant hanging around third gear can get a bit much.
It’s a huge, huge improvement from their last though. An intense, old school death metal mash that will please genre diehards.
3.2 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 10/03/18