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Legion Of The Damned - Descent Into Chaos

Published January 03 2011

=Staff's pick

Descent Into Chaos
Night Of The Sabbath
War Is In My Blood
Shrapnel Rain*
Holy Blood, Holy War
Lord Of The Flies*
Desolation Empire
The Hand Of Darkness*

Genre Thrash Metal
Maurice Swinkels
Tracks 10
Richard Ebisch
Runningtime 40 Min.
Label Massacre Records
Harold Gielen
Release 07 January 2011
Erik Fleuren
Country Holland
Producer Peter Tägtgren    
Similar artists Kataklysm, Debauchery, Warbringer

Dutch thrash metallers Legion Of The Damned have since 2005, when they reformed from former band Occult, released five full-length albums and toured with Cannibal Corpse, Sodom, Kreator and Celtic Frost, to name a few. Descent Into Chaos is their fifth studio album, recorded and mixed by Pain/Hypocrisy main man Peter Tägtgren.

When I think Legion Of The Damned I think explosive, pounding riffs and strong, simple choruses. This record is no exception and after a short, kind of typical intro track the album opens up aggressively (how else?) with the track Night Of The Sabbath which really sets the mood. The album continues in the same explosive spirit with no songs that would disappoint a headbanging audience, Shrapnel Rain being one of my personal favourites.

I am actually kind of surprised as to how varied and interesting this record manages to be. Granted, it is no marvel of different styles and influences; however, the individual songs have a lot of substance and variation. Lord Of The Flies is a brilliant example of this. It starts out with a minute-long acoustic intro before bursting out into a brilliant, heavy thrash monster reminding me a lot of Sodom.

Actually, the entire record gives me associations to Sodom and Destruction, a lot due to the spot-on production by Peter Tägtgren. This is the first Legion Of The Damned album not to be produced by Andy Classen and the sound differs distinctly with a more enjoyable guitar sound, less in-your-face drums and generally a more dynamic feeling than the preceding records. Not to forget singer Maurice Swinkels who does a phenomenal job spitting out the hateful lyrics - his characteristic voice really takes this music to another level.

Overall the entire album seems well arranged and thought through and I would recommend Descent Into Chaos to anyone who enjoys the occasional thrash metal punch in the face!

See also review of: Cult Of The Dead








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