ALBUM: Legend – The Pale Horse

Release Date: May 17th, 2011
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available


It’s been said time and time again; that metalcore is a genre that in today’s music market is just so over saturated that it is almost impossible to stand out from the crowd of imitations and replicas that are out there. It seems that with Legend‘s latest effort, titled ‘The Pale Horse’, that this is apparently still the case, with the band making little attempt to break the mould.

Whilst Legend successfully tick all the boxes for the standard metalcore album – consisting of huge breakdowns, crushing riffs and the deep growls from the deep depths of Mordor – that simply doesn’t cut it anymore with the ever growing amount of competition. That said, there are slight glimpses of what they are capable of on certain tracks such as ‘Shapeshifter’, as the impeccable groove of the track’s main riff could just slice a loaf of bread with ease. Personally, I am a huge fan of metalcore, and I can’t help but think that as musicians they could create such a better record than what is present with ‘The Pale Horse’, but it’d require them to look out of the box a little, and it appears doing so is something the band are a little hesitant to do.

Whilst it’s not a bad effort really, it’s just nothing… well, new, and that’s what gets you noticed nowadays. Simple as that. Either mix it up a little or do it bloody well. An average release to say the least that could definitely be improved on, but still, not as bad as some. Still, there’s plenty of time for them to get their own voice and mould the metalcore genre like goo in their hands.

Written by Dom Wyatt