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Legend - 1992 Legend



ARTIST: Legend
ALBUM: Legend
LABEL: Word
SERIAL: 7019302637
YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Andy Denton - vocals * Michael Jacobs - guitars, vocals * Randy Ray - bass, vocals * Billy Williams - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Friendly Fire * 02 Don't Believe It * 03 Angela * 04 After The Fall * 05 Carry Me * 06 Set This Place On Fire * 07 Colours * 08 They That Wait * 09 Lead Me Back * 10 Always And Forever


Background
This band had its formative roots with another Christian rock band called Ruscha. That band, formed by brothers Peter and Nikolai Pankratz, featured singer Andy Denton on their fifth album - 1988's 'Come Alive'. According to sources on the Internet, the Pankratz brothers secured a deal with CBS/Sony which saw the band (with Denton, Jacobs and Williams included) primed for an assault on the big time. Unbeknown to the Pankratz brothers, the three named members set up a deal for themselves with Word Records, and left Ruscha to form Legend. If this was true, then it doesn't hold the three in a good light - considering these were supposed Christian musicians in the CCM market. Money talks huh? Well, Legend as it happens, finally got their thing together by releasing their debut in 1992, though were operating as early as 1990 under the name Archon. To be honest, it's not too bad, some pretty tough rockers and a big arena sound to boot.


The Songs
The harder rocking numbers really do sound like a million bucks, and with producer Bubba Smith handling the dials, these songs sound a lot better as a result. 'Don't Believe It' and the destructive 'Set This Place On Fire' are a couple of monsters, but the band sound equally at home with the seriously good 'After The Fall' (the band apparently released a self produced version of this song back in 1990 which was featured on a Christian metal compilation album), and the rather awesome ballads 'Carry Me' and 'Lead Me Back'. The band are cashed up heavy and hard mostly - tracks such as 'Colours' set the tempo to fast, 'They That Wait' is also kinda heavy but has a noticeable blues vibe to it. Fun time rockers 'Angela' and 'Always And Forever' show the band in party-anthem mode.


In Summary
The band changed their name to Legend Seven the following year, due to a name clash with another band of the same name, and released their second CD 'Blind Faith' that same year. Beyond those two albums, Legend have been inactive, though Denton moved onto a solo career, releasing 'Midnight Of Hope' in 1999, while Michael Jacobs has been out touring under the monicker Sacred Nation, and promoting his native American roots. Despite the dubious origins of this band, Legend deliver an album that is one of the better Christian hard rock albums out there, outside the likes of perennial favourites White Heart and Petra etc.


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#1 | Eric on April 10 2009 23:49:07
'If this was true, then it doesn't hold the three in a good light - considering these were supposed Christian musicians in the CCM market. Money talks huh?'

A myth. The Christian bands and labels are no different than their secular counterparts. The kind of things I've heard first hand about Elefante's Pakaderm label would make your skin crawl....
#2 | reyno-roxx on April 11 2009 10:19:08
Dann Huff gave me a cassette version of this album when I interviewed Giant in Nashville just before or after the release of the 'Time To Burn' record. He was really keen on promoting these guys.
 
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