He Is Legend
91025


4.5
superb

Review

by Fxxkit13 USER (17 Reviews)
July 16th, 2009 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Originally a small band only known to the natives of Wilmington, North Carolina, He is Legend was quite possibly one of the city's best hidden secrets. Playing a sexed-up version of modern metalcore, He is Legend displayed their great skills at creating catchy yet heavy music throughout their local music scene and eventually shared it with the world on their debut I Am Hollywood, which featured heavy breakdowns, harsh screams, but also featured melodic singing and influences from punk and even sleazy hard rock. Then they released Suck out the Poison which combined their earlier sound with that of southern rock. But before the fame, before the fortune He is Legend released 91205 an experimental (and somewhat progressive) metalcore album that is often overlooked and under appreciated.

Hip Hop: Annonymous, the first track is a great introduction for the band and what their about. Starting with a catchy guitar-line and drum beat, the song goes from riffy pop-rock to breakdown infest metalcore. The song is simple, but its very effective and is good insight to the bands influences. The listener also gets to hear the wide variety of vocalist Schuylar Croom's voice, which can go from clean singing, to a high pitched shriek, to even a low death metal influenced guttural. Scram Toots is the first "real song" album and kicks with a drum roll and harmonized hardcore punk riff. He chorus incorporates the metalcore style dissonant chords while the vocals alternate from cleans to gutterals. A breakdown follows, but brings in some very Iron Maiden styled guitar intricacies and the usual single note chords. Then it switches to progressive type riff and some stellar drumwork courtesy of Steven Bache who creates interesting fills and patterns for the tempo changing music.

Suave starts with Mr.Croom's voice heavily effected with straight up dissonant chords in the background. The chorus jumps to more pop rock oriented territory. The best part of this song though are the lovely Maiden-esque harmonies which sound straight from the band themselves. The Fool showcases the bands knack for weird melodies that creep you out but intrigue you at the same time. Schuylar doesn't have the best voice by any means, but he knows how to create unusual, interesting melodies that will keep you interested.

Martini once again brings some of the bands more progressive tendencies into play, creating an almost matchore type verse. While the verse is great, the chorus on this track is kind of lack, with Schuylar's voice going almost out of key at times. The guitars are also very lackluster on this track leaving the listener expecting more, but never getting it. Either They Decorated Christmas for Early Or They're All Dead fills the void the other song left however, by bringing in many different influences at once. This song carries a little bit of something for everyone. Maiden style harmonizations, soaring clean vocals, and crazy chaotic screaming vocals. This song is also one of the only songs where the listener can hear the bass player, who is actually quite talented. The breakdown of this song is one of the best album, and sounds very Lamb of God influenced.

Down in a Crypt despite the morbid name starts in a happy fashion with a fun little lead over some basic powerchords. The breakdown is really good, with a layering of gutterals and cleans and adding some unique guitar twists and turns. The guitars on this album are very well done, constantly changing style, but never feeling out of place. They do a good job at building original riffs and random yet well timed harmonies. Last song You Sound Like A White Boy starts heavy with screaming and crazy fast tempo drums and guitar. This song has a sense of urgency to it, and makes the listener just want to hit things or get in a mosh pit. Most interesting thing is that it contains a very sludgy southern rock riff that would fit perfectly in with their later style.

In the beginning He is Legend was undefinable. Their influences were many and they wore them all on their sleeves. Later release would see them dabble more openly with southern rock, but at the time of this EP, He is Legend was dedicated to making a complete metalcore masterpiece, and for the most part, they succeeded.



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Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For some reason i had a difficult time writing this, but i think it turned out pretty good.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2009


17213 Comments


Either They Decorated for Christmas Early Or They're All Dead is my favorite He Is Legend song (you forgot "christmas" in the title when you mentioned it). The anti-bold brigade are probably gonna troll this and tell you to italicize the album titles and to put the song names in quotes, but it looks fine regardless. Just a heads up.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh crap i didnt see the Christmas thing thanks...and i guess i'll go italicize everything

Waior
July 16th 2009


11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty decent review, Brandon. Watch out for sentence fragments such as this though:

Maiden style harmonizations, soaring clean vocals, and crazy chaotic screaming vocals.


I also suggest you run your reviews through a spell/grammar check. But as far as quality is concerned, pretty good work.

This is a pretty good release (it's post-hardcore more than metalcore, I'd say); 'The Fool' and 'Martini' are superb.

Waior
July 16th 2009


11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I love cats.

Oh! One more thing, Brandon. Could you fix the artwork that Sputnik destroyed? Would make the album database look a lot cleaner.

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for the constructive criticism Waior its much appreciated. I didn't even notice that fragmented sentence haha, but i'll fix it now. I'm glad you thought that content was good though, and i'm gonna go around to try and fix the grammar mistakes so it'll be perfect. I really like "The Fool" too, its one of my favorites on the album.

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, i'll try and fix and it now

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i keep trying to edit the album image and it says i'm successful but my image wont show.

Waior
July 16th 2009


11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Make sure the file you're uploading is 150 x 150 pixels or it won't register.

I resized one, try this image: http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/8937/legend2b.jpg

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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Review Edited




is what its saying everytime i try.
so why isn't it showing?

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mods wouldn't need to approve something like that would they?

Waior
July 16th 2009


11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No, I don't think so. That's a bit anomalous then, I'm not sure why it would continue to be so disobedient.

Maybe for the same spiteful reason that your avatar isn't working.

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oiy i don't even want to talk about that
haha. i just hope you dont think i'm some kind of idiot for the stuff not working lol

Waior
July 16th 2009


11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nah, all of us have difficulty with Sputnik occasionally and there's not much we can do to solve it.

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, your right. Btw, props for your It Hates You review it was really good

Douglas
July 16th 2009


9104 Comments


Swell review Mr. Fxxkit13, Pos'd

Fxxkit13
July 16th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you very much Mr.Dougie! :]

elephantREVOLUTION
July 16th 2009


2744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album rules so hard. scram toots is probably my favorite he is legend song and it has my favorite breakdown. nice review

ScorpionStan
July 17th 2009


1834 Comments


wow this sounds good, i guess i need to get it.

great review btw, i shall pos.

Fxxkit13
July 17th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks :]



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