Review Summary: Deicide at their peak with instrumentals that never let up and a relentless vocal assault on the ears.
Deicide are among the few death metal bands who ever achieved any real attention, primarily in the 1990s and those familiar with the band will instantly know why. The band has a style that is instantly recognizable with the band's signature demonic vocals from Glen Benton and some extremely catchy but extremely heavy riffs that leap out to any death metal fan that was not born yesterday. Their earliest works are often ranked up there as some of the best death metal albums in existence and of the bunch Legion is usually mentioned as either the best of the bunch or the second best behind their self entitled debut. This is not a statement that it is easy to argue with either as the band shows with some incredible instrumental work and one of the most recognizable vocalists in the genre.
On Legion Deicide really upped the ante in technicality with fast and complex drum patterns and riffs that weave and wind around one another to make a frenzy of unrestrained chaos unlike any album out there. Whilst this album does not completely abandon the simplistic doses of tremolo picking handed out on their debut, what it does do instead is alter even those to make for some very complex guitar work. From the opening to Satan Spawn The Caco Demon we are shown that it is not only tremolo picking this time however with a lot of quick triplets and jumps between strings that would give Cryptopsy the shivers. The drumming is no different with frantic blast beats and complex fills every few measures but also some more than interesting slower groove-driven beats that give a real sense of variety that so many modern death metal bands fail to give due to the current trends of making sweep-infested hyper-tech death that has no form of melody that even the mighty Suffocation has fallen victim to.
The vocals really are in a class of their own on Legion with low and aggressive growls delivering anti-Christian sentiments with the occasional moments of higher shrieks such as in the chorus of the opening song. Glen Benton is one of the most iconic frontmen in death metal and Legion is a testament to how talented he really is. For those who have heard the newer output from Deicide, this is a far cry from the monotonous grunts on The Stench Of Redemption and has a lot of variety to it. Benton often sticks to a slower selection of vocal patterns but he has a lot of speed to his growls as several songs amply prove on Legion, again with Satan Spawn the Caco Demon standing out as the best of the bunch for the vocals with the fast dual vocal lines during the chorus. Dead But Dreaming is another solid song with a stunning vocal performance during the chorus and some of the lowest and most angry vocals Glen ever recorded.
The songs themselves on Legion are pretty much all of the absolute highest standard. This is not an album that is all about having two or three choice songs and a whole lot of mundane ones but is solid throughout. Dead But Dreaming had some of the most technical riffing on the album and also had the best vocal performance one will hear from Benton outside of the opening song which rightfully stands as the best on the album. From the complex drum patterns that kick off Satan Spawn The Caco Demon, Legion is one solid dose of fast, heavy as balls and highly te hnical music that never let's up and is amazing throughout. The production job is spectacular as every instrument is audible and with crisp tones that jump out of your speakers as you. Legion is rightfully ranked as the band's finest work with their best collection of riffs and vocals unlike any other and I highly recommend it to any metal fan out there.