Band: LEGION OF WOLVES
Title: Bringers of the Dark Sleep
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Style: Death Metal
Dublin based combo Legion of Wolves was founded back in 2009 yet this is just their debut album, 9 years into their existence, quite delayed I'd say especially since they had only a couple of line-up changes along the way. Anyway, Bringers of the Dark Sleep presents us 10 tracks clocking a bit over 45 minutes of playing time, enough to make yourselves a clear idea on the band and its music. This is Death Metal, not the old-school type, sinister and terrifying, but a new(er) type, more polished, more epic, with plenty of melodic inserts yet keeping things powerful and manly, reminding me of Amon Amarth but without the Viking influence though. Some tracks (like Summoning the Elite for example) are more brutal then other keeping a traditional Death Metal feeling intact, offering also some fast and demolishing structures as well, so don't think of the "melodic" touch as being prevalent in this work, on the contrary, the album is quite brute and aggressive, yet it's a bit more polished than what fans of the traditional way of this genre are used to. I'd say the highlight of this album in terms of production (which is really good!) is the bass line, very upfront, as brutal and metallic as possible, being a serious pillar in LoW's music. An enjoyable debut album that has the ability to please both die-hard fans of the genre and newcomers at the same time.
Reviewed by Adrian