If you enjoy an up and coming band and support your local metal bands like I do, then you'll love Legion X from Atlanta, GA!
This review will cover both Legion X albums, so I guess I will start from the beginning...
In 2006 Legion X debuted their album "Demonic Hour". When I listen to this album and hear the guitar work, I think to myself, "Did Dimebag Darrell and Zakk Wylde BOTH teach these guys to play guitar!?" The guitar work is groovy and the solos are epic. And then they throw in those squeals, which make it clear who they are influenced by. The drumming is tight and every song has a killer beat to it. Then the lead singer brings it all together with his killer guttural vocals! Once the album was out, these guys didn't let the steam die down. They spent four years on the road promoting the album. Even though the band faced the obstacles of illness, personal conflicts, and creative differences (which would destroy any other band), two of the original members decide that this would not stop them.
"Demonic Hour" track listing:
Over the next few years, the only two original members found three musicians that shared the same bond and love for the music that they have.
Legion X is:
Syd Howell - Vocals
Chet Powell - Lead guitarist
Kurtis Campbell - Bass
Jeremy Kidd - Drums
Jacob Groce - Rhythm guitars
Once the line up was complete, it was time for the guys to hit the studio to record their sophomore album "Beat By Nothing". The album title alone is a testament of the bands determination to never give up. Released in 2011, "Beat By Nothing" is an album that metal fans of every genre can enjoy. This album hits you with beautiful classic and melodic guitar riff and squealing solos, intense and brutal vocals, deep bass tones, and foot stomping, mosh pit ready, head banging drum beats! This album proves that Legion X is a force to be reckoned with and that they will be beat by nothing!
"Beat By Nothing" track listing:
Song A (Apostasy)
Arrival Of The Fittest
Beat By Nothing
We're Your Friend
I first saw Legion X perform on February 7, 2009 at The Masquerade with Soilwork, Darkane, Daylight Dies, and Swallow The Sun. That was one hell of a gig! The guys from Legion X truly appreciate their fans. After their set, they were hanging out in the crowd taking pictures and talking to fans. I had the privilege of meeting them and have since become friends with the lead sing Syd. He is an awesome dude and always good to chat with at shows.
Legion X has gone on to perform with Soulfly, Job For A Cowboy, and Skeletonwitch, as well as working with the Chambers Of Horror and starting the Slaughter-que!
A big thank you goes out to the guys in Legion X, especially you Syd Howell.