Rating:
8.0
Legions Of Crows - Stab Me
8 May 2011


01. Provident Hymn
02. Fellating The Lamb
03. Defecate
04. Carrion Pond Drove
05. Legions Of Crows
06. Bullshit Acres
07. Dull Grey
08. Coventry Carol


Blackened doom metal
United Kingdom
Funeral Rain Records

Line-up on the CD:
Attila - vocals, keyboards, programming
Herod - guitars, bass
Jon "The Revelator" Maple - spoken word, vocals
Paul Di'Anno - vocals (guest on "Coventry Carol")
Tracey Benecke - vocals (guest on "Coventry Carol" and "Hand Of Doom")


"Crushing Infants' Skulls". That's what you'll find listed on the band's Facebook page under their influences. Their MySpace biography is basically a giant middle finger to just about everybody in the world; and this, the band's full-length debut, is a perfect reflection of their beliefs.

Legions Of Crows immediately sets out to castrate you, and subsequently strip you of your internal organs with an array of rusty screwdrivers and a Japanese backsaw. Stab Me is the musical equivalent to the Saw series: it's an elaborate excuse to feature gory and often disturbing scenarios with a twist here and there to make the general audience take it for a "psychological" thriller.

Let's be honest here, this band is pure thriller, no mind-fuck, and that's most likely just the way they want you to think of them.

You'll probably think of Forgotten Tomb when a reviewer throws around "blackened doom", but FG is nowhere near this kind of putridity. Think of a sound generally influenced by "War Pigs" with Burzum-esque production values, a caveman strung out on meth trying to imitate Chris Barnes, and the general psychotic chaos of Benighted. That's not to mention Attila's vocals, which are undeniably a make-it-or-break-it ingredient, as some will undoubtedly write this off due to the naturally abrasive approach of his grimy shrieks. The guest vocalists - who balance these shrieks with some clean vocals - do a great job of limiting the crazy and sticking to the job at hand, but even that can't help this album from being disjointed.

Once again, doom opens its doors to something completely off-the-wall, something psychedelic, brutal, melancholic, and chaotic. Fans of "weird" music in general ought to check this out, even if only for a momentary high.


MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/legionsofcrows

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9


 



Written on 02.06.2011 by
Troy Killjoy
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!J.O.O.E.! - 02.06.2011 at 19:43  
No kidding, sounds like it was catered for my little brain
BloodTears - 02.06.2011 at 22:25  
Is this "Defecate" song any good?

I might try it though.
Lokaeda - 03.06.2011 at 03:07  
Is it really THE Paul Di'Anno guesting on "coventry carol"?

as far as I'm concerned, I didn't like that band much (from what I hear on Myspace)
Troy Killjoy - 03.06.2011 at 04:41  
Written by Lokaeda on 03.06.2011 at 03:07

Is it really THE Paul Di'Anno guesting on "coventry carol"?

'Tis.
silenius - 03.06.2011 at 05:47  
Nice review, gonna check it out
Merchant of Doom - 04.06.2011 at 11:20  
I found it quite boring, really... trying to be oh so extreme and "against the world" seems pretty childish to me. They sound like the Pogues on acid sometimes. And the spoken parts... well, did they run out of music? Defecate...
Pyramid God - 05.06.2011 at 06:46  
So boring, I'd rather listen to some poorly produced crusty underground black metal.
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.01.2012 at 14:35  
Very average album. Would rate it between 6 and 6.5
Way too monotnous and the keyboards are way too upfront for what they do.

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