Legion of the Damned
Son of the Jackal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Slaytan USER (16 Reviews)
November 30th, 2007 | 16 replies | 9,562 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Aggression? Check.
Thrashy Riffs? Check.
Lycan References? Check
Sodom Influence? Triple Check
...all right, we're ready to go.

Chances are that you haven't heard of Legion of the Damned, the four piece thrash metal band out of the Netherlands. And in any case, why would you have heard of them? With no major label support, no major tours, and no mention in the media, one could say that LotD have flown below the radar. It's really a shame however, seeing as they are a breath of fresh air in the thrash metal world. Here's why...

The main reason LotD stand above many of their thrash metal counterparts is their vocals. Maurice Swinkels has a voice than in very reminiscent of an early Tom Angelripper. His voice is aggressive, and throughout the albums entirety he is able to be understood with no problem. Don't begin to think that as a result of his voice being so clear that he sacrificed a level of aggression though, it is the exact opposite. He sounds as though he is screaming as loud and viciously as his voice will allow. Another aspect of the vocals is that he doesn't stick to one style, but rather mixes death grunts and deep growls with high pitched screams and shrieks. All of which fit in nicely with the underlying created by the rest of the band. The lyrics on the album are also well executed and written:

"Vomit of the Nazarene the waters wash away
As the words of gods burn in the cosmic flame
Lawless godless Antichrist, the black face of sin
Desolator alienates not to deteriorate"


As one can plainly see, they don't really separate themselves lyrically from the pack, but they are well written nonetheless. Most of the album deals with death, the walking dead, and Satan's incarnates (as if I needed to say). Even though this ideology has been used time and time before, they find ways to reword and restate what has already been said, and make it somewhat interesting in the process.

All of the music off of Sons of the Jackal is fast, thrashy, and loud. The guitars, handled by Richard Ebisch are largely responsible for giving this album the "edge" that it has. His riffs are often double tracked, and give the songs a very "big" sound. He makes excellent use of his talent by writing innovative guitar passages that rarely fall back on the chugging riffs being used so much in metal today. His writing is frantic, and in any given song he encompasses up to ten solid rhythms and riffs. For instance, on "Death in My Master (Slay for Kali)" and the title track off the album, "Son of the Jackal," the guitar work is all over the place, in a good way. He never stays on one riff long enough for it to become repetitive, but never quite makes riffs short enough to the point where the songs could have done without them.

Another bright spot on the album is the guitar solos. Ebisch uses a nice combination of melody and shred (more shred though), and does a nice job of doing what's best for each song. If anything negative can be said about the guitars though, it's here as well; many of the solos run up and down the same scale, just in a different key. Even though he does a good job of avoiding many of the same licks and sweeps in every solo, the patterns become noticeable, and only slightly short of predictable.

Sonically, the bass on the album can be heard. Harold Gielen does a good job keeping up with Ebisch, and provides a nice wall of sound along with the rhythm guitars when the solos come in. There's nothing really fancy to note on here, but the fact that he is able to keep up with the guitars in impressive enough. The drumming is excellent, and is so without the use of many blast beats. For a majority of the album, the drums are playing a fast 4/4 beat with a rolling double bass, which with the bass, gives the album a powerful low end. The drum work in fast, and the fills are creative without being distracting. The lack of blast beats on the album may turn some harder listeners off, but seeing how it doesn't take away from the album, and only adds a new level to it, that shouldn't be a problem. Erik Fleuren does a great job overall.

With the release of their sophomore album, Son of the Jackal, Legion of the Damned have put out one of the most aggressive, innovative thrash metal albums in recent memory. From start to finish the album is a breath of fresh air and a nice escape from the many run of the mill thrash metal bands around today. In its entirety this album sounds very heavily influenced by Sodom, without ripping them off. I strongly recommend you check this album out if you're a fan of thrash, or just someone looking for some new music. It's most certainly worth your time.

Pros:
Vocals
Guitars/Bass
Drums


Cons:
Lyrics may turn some off, seeing as they've been used before


Recommended Tracks:
Son of the Jackal
Death is My Master
Ten Horns Arise




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Slaytan
December 1st 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is fucking brutal.

Slaytan
December 1st 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.myspace.com/legionofthedamned
You can hear two new tracks from their upcoming album, and the track Diabolist off of this album.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 1st 2007



7924 Comments


Another upcoming album? They should slow down.

Slaytan
December 1st 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, three albums in three years is quite a bit.

rasputin
December 1st 2007



14504 Comments


Nice review, but I'll point out the beginning of your fourth last, third last and second last paragraphs:
'The music off...'
'The guitar solos off...'
'The bass on...'.
Other than that, good review. However, I'm not really a huge fan of thrash outside the usual Slayer, early Metallica and that sort of popular crap, so I probably won't check this out.

south_of_heaven 11
December 1st 2007



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is actually a pretty weak band. I've got this and Malevolent Rapture and both bored me to death...

Tyler
Emeritus
December 1st 2007



7924 Comments


Malevolent Rapture is okay. These guys are just really bland, but then again, it's thrash so yeah.

Slaytan
December 2nd 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@reznor: Thanks for bringing that to my attention, definitely didn't intend it be that way.

EDIT: Changed it so it's not so repetitive.This Message Edited On 12.02.07

Cytologic
December 2nd 2007



32 Comments


Wow, is this really that great? I better have a listen.

Slaytan
December 2nd 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I guess it's a matter of opinion. I would encourage you to check them out though.

Dutchmad
January 1st 2008



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favourite album right now. It could last for two more hours without being boring!!!

Slaytan
January 9th 2008



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't go that far, but I really like this album.

HeadCharge123
June 24th 2008



475 Comments


I think "Undead Stillborn" is their best song ;)

SylentEcho
September 12th 2008



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good thrash album, great riffs...sounds a bit like present day Exodus.

Slaytan
September 14th 2008



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They remind me of Sodom and Kreator than they do Exodus, but to each his own. Don't bother checking out their new album though...it sounds like a collection of half assed Slayer B-Sides.

FR33L0RD
February 9th 2011



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty effective thrash/death band,
nothing original but right to the point.



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