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Classic Review: Deicide - Legion

Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 1992
Duration: 29:05
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 8, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (65 Votes)

Well here we have it - Deicide's very own 'Reign in Blood'. I remember reading in a couple of magazines around the time of its release that the band had had to re-record it, as the first recording session saw the album clocking in around 5 minutes shorter than its final run time of just under half and hour - however that seems somewhat hard to believe judging by the ferocious speed of the album as it is, not too mention the incessant rumor factory that is Mr. Glen Benton.

So, what makes this Deicide's finest hour? Simple, it's the pure, unadulterated spite that flows forth from the very moment your finger presses play. Never before, and never again did Deicide sound quite so inexorably pissed off at God (and let's face it, they're pissed off at God quite often on their albums). 'Legion' captures Deicide at their primal peak, with relentless speed, technicality and brutality all teaming up to gang rape your senses with stumbling, scattering riffs, tumbling and crashing around you as you sit and try to take it in alongside the crazed drum battery and decimating growls, your clothes rippling and hair whipping back from the sheer unstoppable force of the music your ears are greeted with. The production of the album doesn't tame the ferociousness either, distilling and amplifying the utter hatred and bile of Benton's vocals, and adding that 'cheese-grater-to-the-ear-drum' effect to the wailing solo work of the Hoffman brothers.

Before you know it, you've listened to the album twice on repeat, and you're gagging to sit through it again for another dosage of complete death metal insanity. To me, that's just where 'Legion's beauty lies. In pure cruel viciousness terms, this album pisses over just about every other death metal album that was released around the time, and still manages to hold its own to this very day. Supreme.

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