He is Legend and Destroy the Runner…Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 @ 8:45am » permalink
What the hell!? I can remember a few years ago when I first heard North Carolina's He is Legend they were a somewhat jumbled metalcore band that I thought had potential, but they couldn't seem to decide what they were going for. Well, I haven't heard any of their releases between then and now, but somewhere along the line they clearly made their decision, because they've tossed out a lot of extraneous influences and (thankfully) abandoned all traces of generic metalcore, because there's basically nothing but heavy, metallic rock to be had here. "Suck Out the Poison" is the band's latest Solid State full-length, dropping 14 tracks in damn near an hour, and it's pretty fuckin' good, too. It's sort of a unique blend of influences they've got going on. There's a little bit of grit and sludge happening in terms of both the riffing style and the tonality of the recording, but there's also a lot of melody in there, which makes for both some catchy elements and some dissonant sort of post-hardcore textures. Vocally I don't mind the screams that pop up from time to time, but the dude's got a great singing voice, and the character of his delivery really works well with the overall vibe of the songwriting. I have to say, though, despite the rock-based nature of the material, it's not what I would call straightforward, because there's a lot of diversity happening, and you can pick out a lot of little layers where there's some experimenting going on with different sounds and textures to spice things up, so… they've shed the excess, but they haven't necessarily stripped down, you know? I'm stunned by the growth these cats have undergone since those early days. Good stuff.
As always, downloading is a load o' crap, so make the purchase if you're into the tracks: