Deicide
Legion


5.0
classic

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
March 1st, 2013 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

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.



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  • devsol (5)
    If you're Benton good riffs, I recommend giving this album a spin....

    thrashneverdies (4.5)
    An album of the absolute highest quality that doesn't give a fuck about you...

    BlackLlama (5)
    Luke 8:30 – Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said “Legion,” For...

    Valerius (5)
    What does it sound like when you sell your soul to Satan? Legion, folks. That's what....

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    Deicide's finest (half) hour......

    rasputin (0.5)
    Lucifer needs to try harder, I'm not convinced....


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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


50455 Comments


phones are for calling
Are you sure it wasn't a piece of paper?

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


7047 Comments


As soon as i get on my laptop ill throw some feedback your way. If youre serious about getting on the horse properly, ill at least lend a hand. Watch this space or shoutbox and ill give things a look over.

Ovrot
March 1st 2013


10495 Comments


skeletor is valerius

I fucking knew it

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2013


6114 Comments


maybe you shouldn't write reviews on your phone then if you want to improve

just re-write it into word later it helps with the editing process too

fromtheinside
March 1st 2013


18363 Comments


i'm unfamiliar with the character skeletor. is it funny?

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evilford
March 1st 2013


22663 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good album. their debut is better

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So much Satan.

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evilford
March 1st 2013


22663 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

skeletorissatan
February 28th 2013



3024 Comments

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Album Rating: 5

Such an amazing album. Probably their 2nd best

skeletorissatan
March 1st 2013



3024 Comments

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Album Rating: 5

Neck this rules hardest

demigod!
March 1st 2013


44557 Comments


Neck

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bach
March 1st 2013


12749 Comments


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apert
March 1st 2013


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

deicide bring the satan like no other

evilford
March 1st 2013


22663 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

your dig >

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Immolation don't really Satan, they're just intensely anti-Christian.

evilford
March 1st 2013


22663 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fair point!

ok morbid angel >

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Agreed \m/

BlackLlama
March 1st 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My fav. Deicide by far. This was the shit back in High School....

ViperAces
March 1st 2013


12439 Comments


i feel like even 'fair enough' is overused now too lol

ViperAces
March 1st 2013


12439 Comments


might even check it smday

CaptainDooRight
March 1st 2013


29438 Comments


u aint herd dis vip

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apert
March 1st 2013


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there's no way that morbid angel satan harder than Deicide, i mean homage for satan



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