I love finding new and exciting thrash bands from all around the world, what I love even more is when I find one right in my back yard. This is the case with Tri-state death/thrashers Legionary, who recently unleashed their debut album entitled “Arcane Divisions” upon the masses, and if your a fan of extreme metal you are in for a treat!
When listening to the debut Legionary album it is clear that the band is influenced more from early death metal than thrash. Arcane Divisions is definitely leaning more towards the death than thrash but I’m not complaining and after you give this album a spin you won’t be either.
With brutal death metal growls Legionary haven’t exactly reinvented the wheel when it comes to vocals, however the vocals are performed quite well and are indeed quite fitting. Musically the band is nothing short of brutal, the riffs are pulse pounding and carry a good amount of groove which keeps the death metal influence in check long enough to make Arcane Divisions a death/thrash record rather than a full on death metal assault. Drummer Frank D’Erasmo puts on one of the most astonishing displays behind the kit I’ve heard in quite some time. Mixing up tempos, while consistently keeping his feet moving and throwing in the occasional blast beat, D’Erasmo is a rising star in the drumming world and with this performance it is easy to see why this young man is on Sick Drummer Magazines Website. All around the band is musically sound however I found that at times the music overpowered the vocals which is something that always takes away from an album. Other than a few production flaws there isn’t to many negative things to say about Arcane Divisions. Legionary have in fact laid down the brutality in a spectacular manner.
BOTTOM LINE: Legionary have delivered a solid album. At time death metal can be over powering but for the most part Legionary keep things in check providing the listener with riffs that feature as much groove as they do brutality. At times the vocals can get drowned out but this is just a small flaw that isn’t worth getting worked up over.