Legendry
Dungeon Crawler


3.8
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
December 11th, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like roaming the catacombs beneath the Temple Darkmoon.

Don’t know about you but one of my absolute favorite moments as a teen during the Christmas holidays was playing Eye of the Beholder II while jamming equally magical music. My most usual picks were Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Omen, Brocas Helm, Manowar and of course some of my all-time favorites in Rainbow, Uriah Heep, etc. Legendry is one of those polarizing cases where some will thoroughly enjoy while others will despise and this is due to their conscious effort to bring back that ‘80s epic heavy metal feeling.

In terms of Instrumentation, the Pittsburgh act will bring to your mind legends Manilla Road and this is something that these guys do not hide, as from the very first lines of their opening track “Dungeon Crawler” the phrase “veils of existence” pops up. In addition, the band opts for a somewhat lo-fi production which however works in favor of their vintage sound. What is more, there are also some proto-doom moments to be found courtesy of Cirith Ungol, Pagan Altar or even Pentagram (“A Witch is Born” is a solid example) and those of you who love some of the passages that Wishbone Ash used to create, are in for a treat because Legendry seem to be fans of the underrated act.

It is interesting how these guys approach the longer tracks, as they are not afraid to mix it up by combining the said epic metal influences with their ‘70s tendencies. “The Conjurer” is a representative sample of that approach as it begins with a Manillar Road riff and evolves into a Blue Oyster Cult/Wishbone Ash delirium which contains the one of album’s best guitar solos. However, where this LP excels is in the epic, foggy atmosphere it conjures which owes a lot on the stories of Robert E. Howard. This means that the element of barbarism is prevalent and in fact the entire release is a loose concept about an adventurer.

Fans of Eternal Champion or Visigoth are going to love Legendry’s music as their sound might be rooted on the aforementioned legends but the entire offering feels very sincere and quite varied for what it is. There is an array of inspired, catchy riffs and leads (just check “The Edge of Time”), while those of you who take the time to read the lyrics will have the opportunity to travel even more into the magical world that Legendry and Robert E. Howard create. The vocals that remind a cross between those of Manilla Road and Eternal Champion but not as well done, might be a deal breaker for some and is something that Legendry should look to improve. However, that doesn’t take away the fact that Dungeon Crawler is one of the best epic metal offerings of the last few years and an album that the 16-year old version of myself would jam while roaming the catacombs beneath the Temple Darkmoon.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2017


11024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Will probably upload a couple of reviews for 2017 releases just to bring them to your attention but they're going to be pretty simple and quickly written so bear with me.



Fans of Eternal Champion, do not miss out on this one.



"A Witch Is Born": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw4qWsFTpAA

"Quest for Glory": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiyVlhqfx_o

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2017


7827 Comments


I have this in my oceanic to-listen-to list, now that you've reviewed this, I'll fast track it.

Digging: Maverick - Cold Star Dancer

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2017


11024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Hope you enjoy Voi. I have one of those lists as well and it's somehow getting longer by the day haha.

deslad
December 17th 2017


612 Comments


It sounds quite an enjoyable listen manos, will give it a spin soon.

Digging: Steeleye Span - Commoners Crown

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2017


11024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Awesome des, hope you enjoy! This has been flying way under the radar.

Donchivo
December 30th 2017


650 Comments


Another nice write up about a band I never heard about! Keep em coming. Would I possibly enjoy this as someone preferring the dark, quirky, psychedelic and surreal side of the likes of Cirith Until, Brocas Helm, mercyful fate, Wishbone Ash or blue oyster cult, compared to the purely epic, melodic and heroic side?

Digging: Enemy Reign - Means To A Dead End

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 31st 2017


11024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks, Don! These guys definitely have some '70s elements - not the dark/Mercyful Fate ones though - but their sound is mostly rooted on the epic element. You might enjoy "The Conjurer" which is one of the more varied tracks of the album.

Donchivo
December 31st 2017


650 Comments


Thanks mate! Please keep the interesting and obscure reviews coming. Gonna check out that song...

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 31st 2017


11024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks Don, will do mate. Even if one guy on here discovers an album he likes from my reviews, I'm happy.

Donchivo
January 1st 2018


650 Comments


I love that 'Conjurer' song and the second half of the title track. Awesome guitar stuff and just how I like it on th ebrink between psychedelic and metal! Man, if you can stomach a not-so-great singer(sounding like a less talented version of King Diamond minus the extreme high notes), I'd recommend you the awesome Italians of Black Land.
Find their aptly titled 'Extreme Heavy Psych' album here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5oTl4dfumE

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2018


11024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Glad you enjoyed man! Will definitely check Black Land. I can see on their page here on Sputnik Monster Magnet as a similar artist and if that's true then I will love these guys.

Donchivo
January 1st 2018


650 Comments


Mmm Monster Magnet isn't really a good comparison I'd say... less eclectic, way more down to earth and metally then Monster Magnet

Meridiu5
April 12th 2018


252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lovin' the blues vibes on this

Digging: -

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2018


11024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Glad to see another guy checking this one. Agreed, the '70s vibes are very welcome and I'm surprised by how well these guys pulled them off.

Donchivo
April 13th 2018


650 Comments


yeh, it's a very nicealbum i am still coming back to
BTW Manos: did you check out those Black Land guys?

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2018


11024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Hey Don! Of course I did. I remember liking the album and being surprised by the influences of these guys.

Casavir
April 13th 2018


628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff.



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