He Is Legend
Suck Out The Poison


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Review

by Joey Kline USER (5 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2006 | 19 replies | 5,602 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album will rock your face off.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

He Is Legend have previously released an EP, "91025" and one full-length, "I Am Hollywood." Their style is a mix of metal and hard rock with both wonderfully sung and screamed vocals. "I Am Hollywood" contained some of the more imaginative riffs I had heard in a while, and while the band has a fair share of screaming, it sounds nothing like a standard "screamo" band.

Enter "Suck Out The Poison." It expands on "I Am Hollywood" ten-fold. This album is SO heavy. It never lets up - there are no ballads, no slow songs, just straight up, balls-to-the-wall, rock.

The CD begins with a bang with Dixie Wolf, which is somewhat of an expansion of the first song on "I Am Hollywood," The Seduction - the two songs contain similar riffs and the lyrics in the breakdown are the same. Right off one of the most marked changes is that frontman Schuylar Croom has chosen to sing in a more raspy, somewhat whiskey-soaked voice. It works really well with the gritty riffs and blast-beat drums. The song sounds pretty standard until the chorus ends and Schuylar screams out "REST IN PIECES!!!" - it's one of those parts that you have to rewind because it is that awesome.

The CD continues with the near 80s hair-metal sound of the last minute of Attack Of The Dungeon Witch. Suck Out The Poison follows with a chorus that could have been written by Def Leppard. Mushroom River is a grungy, metal rocker, followed by the the nightmarish sounding China White II. Some of the lyrics are based on children's nursery rhymes, and when coupled with the devastating riffs and screaming that He Is Legend has nearly perfected this time around, it sounds like some sort of deranged goulish fairy-tale gone terribly wrong (and that's a good thing!)

Serpent Sickness begins with Schuylar pleading "please let me out of your brain!" It continues with a real dark vibe and some of the album's best drumming. This band has gotten really good at the "controlled chaos" thing - a la Every Time I Die, or the new Underoath album. The southern rock riff that opens Electronic Throat could have come straight from Lynyrd Skynrd. Stampede and The Widow Of Magnolia continue the great riffs and balance between Schuylar's great voice and his frightening scream. Pot Bellied Goddess is probably the most "melodic" song on the record - and that's not a bad thing - it really showcases Schuylar's voice.

Goldie's Torn Locks begins with an urgent riff before it explodes into one of the best songs on the album. It's one of the many songs where Schuylar adds his southern accent onto some of the vocals, giving the songs an even more dirty, bar-room feel. The CD finishes with (((louds, an 8 minute epic which is the epitomy of He Is Legend, with dirty riffs, erie lyrics, and vocals that range from crooning to throat-shredding. The addition of the female vocals are really great, and it gives it a feeling similar to the female vocals on "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones.

The only complaint I have with this album is the two interludes, Opening, and Cannonball Hands (The Tomato Parade) - they really add nothing to the album.

The North Carolina boys have made an album that is not only creative as hell, but will make you want to drive fast and break everything in sight. Get ready to have a sore neck, because you'll be head-banging like crazy to this one.


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TheMisterBungle
October 4th 2006



861 Comments


sweet
im a fan of them
i need the first ep and this


jordanshowalter182
October 8th 2006



47 Comments


i just bought this cd yesterday. i havent listened to it, but it had better be amazing or im going to be mad. i am hollywood is definately one of my favorite albums in my cd case..and i hope this one is just as great.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2006



15737 Comments


Ok, can someone explain to me how reviews get featured?This is a good first, but there are far more deserving reviews of the honor.

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

Kingofdudes
October 10th 2006



294 Comments


mx wants newer albums to be featured more, plus they like to feature reviews by new users to encourage them to review more.

Hatshepsut
October 10th 2006



1997 Comments


The best albums can be featured, along with best reviews and new releases.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 10th 2006



7926 Comments


Features dont mean anything, most of the time.

This album sounds promising, I'm going to check it out.

fatkidinthecornr
October 11th 2006



17 Comments


this just didnt have the fury or intensity that i am hollywood had. its too, i cant describe it. Melody laden? i don't know, but they are awesome, i saw them like 3 weeks ago and they are insane.

CushMG15
October 14th 2006



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm still digesting this album, but I can say now that it doesn't hold a candle to I Am Hollywood. But thats ok, because the two are completely different albums. There's just something about the production that irks me. I'm also trying to feel out Schuylar's clean vox.

jimiandangus12
October 14th 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like the feel of this album, I respect the artistic differences from I Am Hollywood; songs such as Electronic Throat and Attack of The Dungeon Witch really bring a lot to the table for this album

labonza01
November 4th 2006



546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is really growing on me, i still hate the southern rock influences, like the intro to "Electronic Throat", but the screaming is awesome and i wish that they would do it more

godLike
November 4th 2006



126 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I love the album, because it introduced me into I Am Hollywood.

Owantjaaaa
December 2nd 2013



3231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn I was an idiot, this rules

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Spec
December 2nd 2013



27167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it does.

Dolving999
April 5th 2014



1629 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What happened to Schuylar's clean voice, it sounds so raspy and dry...
Also, why the fuck did they tune their guitar's bottom string to A? Sometime it reminds me of djent,
and that ain't very good.

It doesn't even hold a candle to I Am Hollywood.

Owantjaaaa
April 5th 2014



3231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a lot of smoking and drinking
Don't you mean nu-metalish?

MuhNamesTyler
June 26th 2014



4012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I STARTEDD CLIMBIN MY WAYY TO THA TOOOPPPPPPP

TheSpirit
June 26th 2014



17803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

>IAH

Digging: Emarosa - Versus

MuhNamesTyler
June 26th 2014



4012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yowsers

MuhNamesTyler
June 26th 2014



4012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mushroom River and China White II are sooo good



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