Stunning. Jawdropping. Album of the year. This is just a small selection of the words one wouldn’t use to describe Legend’s latest release, The Pale Horse. Instead, such descriptive terms as dull, stagnant, monotonous, and awful come to mind. With this release, the band has crafted a statement of everything that is wrong with metalcore today, from bland, uninspired breakdowns to bored growling; it perhaps the most underachieving, generic record in a scene famous for its underachieving, generic bands.
The album begins with the brightly titled Diagnosis: Doom, a short intro track composed of bland breakdowns that blatantly foreshadows the composition of the record. The song segues into “Circle Of Friends,” a two and a half assault on the listener’s sanity. It is sad to see a genre that is home to such great artists as Underoath become watered down to the piss stain that is this record. While metalcore was once treasured for the technical precision involved (even in the breakdowns), it is clearly no longer the case now. The crunching guitar riffs sound like a single clip looped endlessly, and show no indication of any sort of true guitar mastery. The drums, an instrument that typically anchors metalcore masterpieces, sound like a brief afterthought. Worst of all, the vocals, which usually serve as the centerpiece of the song, and provide a look into the pained emotions of the vocalist, come off as boring and uninterested. Yet, perhaps Legend’s biggest failing comes in the lack of any coherent melody. While many similarly (not so) talented bands exist by the hundreds, some are able to save face with the addition of a melodic element that is able to draw the listener back in before entering another round of bland screaming. There is no such element in Legend’s music. The band has taken everything respectable about the genre of metalcore and stripped away until the listener is left with a soulless, skillless corpse of an album. Such is the music on Legend’s The Pale Horse.
Obviously, The Pale Horse is not a good album. Uninspired, uninterested, and simply imperfect in every single way, the band has succeeded in crafting a masterpiece that will serve to balance out many tables in the future. Unless, of course, the physical packaging of the album is as faulty as the music itself; in that case, the band has simply wasted precious natural resources to market one of the biggest piles of filth the metalcore scene has ever produced. This is an open plea to the band to stop making music, because if the general public hears this music anytime in the next year and a half, the world will definitely end in 2012 as mass panic.
2. Circle Of Friends
3. Shut Down
9. Four Horsemen
10. Shadow Stalker
More than one artist shares this name.
1) Hardcore/metal band from Detroit, MI signed to Rise Records
2) Traditional heavy metal band from New Haven, CT
3) NWOBHM band from Jersey (Great Britain)
4) NWOBHM band from Kent (UK)
5) British pagan progressive rock band
6) Heavy metal band from France
7) Heavy metal band from Soeul (KOR)
8) Heavy metal band from Montevideo (URY)
9) Hip hop/rapper from Long Island, NY.
10) Legend was a Christian hard rock band who later changed their name to "Legend Seven."