If you’re like me and so many other fans of heavy metal, the last decade or so has been, well, it’s flat out sucked for the most part. Way to many formulaic bands dominate the airways. There was a time when you knew exactly who was playing from the first few chords ripping through the speakers. Now they all sound the same, much like the 90’s turned into 3 chord-grunge with some deeply sensitive nasally words of woe, what separates all the pointless growls of today?
I have discovered a band that is the exception. Legacy of Disorder; hailing from New Zealand, this band has parts Pantera, parts Maiden, a hint of Corrosion of Conformity, with a little Anthrax and early Metallica thrown into the mix. In other words, when I was sent the press kit (Thanks Chip!), I can’t turn it off. These cats kick a** and then some. Here is the need to know info about Legacy of Disorder.
As evidenced by their new release, ‘Last Man Standing,’ it is only a matter of time until Legacy of Disorder takes their rightful spot alongside the top modern day metal acts. “We think our style fits in well with today’s metal scene,” explains the group’s lead singer, James Robinson. “We have elements of a wide range of metal – all into one robust unit. Legacy of Disorder shows in a lot of ways the evolution of this genre, but with a unique sound that no one can replicate.” Also comprised of Rana Freilich (lead guitarist), Jason Keill (bass), and Matt Thompson (drums), the band has completed work on their sophomore effort with producer Sterling Winfield, which is a certifiable ass-kicker. With ‘Last Man Standing,’ metal fans worldwide will soon discover they have another ferocious power metal band on their hands.
Although most of its members hail from New Zealand, fast-rising metallists Legacy of Disorder’s sound largely resembles the power metal that such renowned US bands like Pantera perfected and popularized. And as you’ll discover with their second release overall, ‘Last Man Standing’ (which will be released in early 2012), it is only a matter of time until Legacy of Disorder takes their rightful spot alongside the top modern day metal acts. “We think our style fits in well with today’s metal scene,” explains the group’s lead singer, James Robinson. “We have elements of a wide range of metal – all into one robust unit. Legacy of Disorder shows in a lot of ways the evolution of this genre, but with a unique sound that no one can replicate.”
Alongside Robinson, Legacy of Disorder consists of fellow New Zealanders Rana Freilich (lead guitarist) and Jason Keill (bass), as well as Texas native Matt Thompson (drums). And there’s a reason why the lone star state provided the group with Thompson – Legacy of Disorder has formed a tight bond with Dallas-based producer Sterling Winfield, who has worked in the past with Pantera, Damageplan, and Hellyeah. “Naturally, being fans of Pantera, we wanted to work with the same mastermind behind the scenes of such a great band,” points out Freilich. “After doing our demo here in New Zealand, we wanted the album to be the best it could, so we jumped on a plane, headed to Dallas, got stuck in with Sterling on our debut album [2008′ self-titled release] – which sounds great – and have been friends and worked together ever since.”
“Sterling always keeps us on our toes, which is great in a studio environment, and draws the best out of each member – which is why we chose to work with Sterling again. This being our second album with Sterling, it felt like we were all on the same page. As a whole, there are many awesome memories – Rana’s noise gate pedal’s ridiculous battery consumption, James’ pantless antics, the bands’ ridiculous coffee consumption, and more laughs and funny stuff than you can shake a stick at. We think Sterling really got a taste of us Kiwis in our own environment!”
And as evidenced by such hard-hitting standout tracks as “Break,” “March to Death,” and the album’s title tune, the quartet is certainly starting to hit its metallic stride. “We would have to say that we really enjoy all of the songs equally,” admits Keill. “It’s so hard to pick a favorite when you have worked on something that you have poured a lot of time and emotion into. Each song has moments that make my hair stand on end. It’s kind of like asking, ‘Which of your children do you like the best?'”
As one would figure from the explosiveness of their recordings thus far, Legacy of Disorder is one ferocious live beast when they hit the stage, which Thompson confirms, when asked what can fans expect from catching the band live. “A high energy, hard-hitting precision live set, showcasing each band member’s ability and presence, equating to a brutal live show. We look forward to setting in motion a tour for North America very soon.”
Once ‘Last Man Standing’ drops, Legacy of Disorder plan to “Introduce our music to the US and the world.” Don’t say you haven’t been warned, headbangers worldwide.
Heavy metal fans around the globe will embrace this band. They are that good. I just listened to the entire album, twice. There is no weakest link anywhere on this track list, anywhere! They just may be the discovery of the year and it’s only mid January.
2 Punish All
3 March to Death
4 Last Man Standing
6 Hell Tonight
8 Warrior Gene
9 Came to Fight
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Rana Freilich from fast rising metal act Legacy Of Disorder will be the live on air interview guest on Hard Rock Radio Live (http://www.hardrockradiolive.com/)
at 8:00 P.M Eastern U.S time on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012. Rana will be discussing and debuting tracks from the Sterling Winfield produced Last Man Standing release. Listeners are encouraged to tune in via this link
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