Review: Legion Of The Damned - Malevolent Rapture [2006]

Country: Netherlands
Genre: Death/Thrash
Release Year: 2006
Label: Massacre Records
Format: CD, LP
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Legion of the Damned, coming from the Netherlands, evolved from another band called ‘Occult’ in 2005 having the exact same members as before, but changing their musical direction from a more blackened sound to a more death-orientated one. They have released 5 full-length albums up to now with Massacre Records but my favourite one yet is their debut ‘Malevolent Rapture’.

‘Legion of the Damned’ is the first track of the album and as soon as the first note is played, you cannot refrain from head-banging instantly. The chaos continues with 2 more masterpieces ‘Death`s head march’ and ‘Werewolf Corpse’ and then you wonder how much better can the album get after these 3 songs. But in fact it does not have any weak spots. From beginning until the end this album is solid. The combination of thrashy riffs, sick vocals and continuous speed provides to perfect element for a great death/thrash album like this one.

What makes Legion of the Damned different from other bands is not only their sound but their production as well. They do not have the ‘old school’ thrash production with ‘dirty’ effects, on the other hand they have a very modern production with very clear sound that enhances furthermore their style and makes them more unique.

My favourite track from the album is ‘Bleed for Me’ for which a video clip was also created. I should really mention that if you like this album you should definitely check out their whole discography. They are really great guys as well; we met them last October in Germany at the Way of Darkness Festival. They have become one of my favourite bands and trying to be as subjective as I can be, I will say that they are one of the best ‘new’ bands of the 21st century. 

‘Malevolent Rapture’ was re-released in February 2012 in honour of the band’s previous bass player Twan Fleuren (played on this album) who committed suicide a year ago.

Alexandros ‘Noullis’ Vacanas
May 2012