The Legion – A Bliss To Suffer (Listenable Records)

Saturday, 16th March 2013
Rating: 6/10

A Bliss to Suffer is neither here nor there; a by-product of the generic nature of blackened death metal. It’s the brand of samey, hook-less extreme metal that has killed for lesser bands than The Legion, although one has to ponder if they’ll end up in that scrap heap in no time.

A lot of parallels to similar bands can be drawn throughout A Bliss to Suffer, whether it’s the Dark Funeral-inspired hyper-intensity of opener “Shining Redemption,” the orchestral movements of “Call of the Nameless Black” which are derived from Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir, and stripped-down, viral attack of “Blood, Be Gone!” and “Man Beast,” that harken to Marduk’s early 00’s output.

Since The Legion is without evil, harmonized hooks or subtle melodic flourishes, there’s nothing really to grasp here. It comes and goes, nothing registered, nothing remembered. “Blood, Be Gone!” is a killer songtitle, though.

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