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Legacy - 2010 Legacy

ARTIST: Legacy
ALBUM: Legacy
LABEL: Eonian Records
SERIAL: ER-00012
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Doug Meacham - lead vocals * Fred Blanchard - lead & rhythm guitars * Matt Rice - lead & rhythm guitars * John Rice - bass * John Jenkins - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Salvation Is Law * 02 It's Real * 03 Cross The Line * 04 Forever In Your Arms * 05 Don't Run Away * 06 Red White And Blue * 07 Change Of A Broken Heart * 08 Comin' Along * 09 Soldiers Unite * 10 One Way Or The Other * 11 Live It * 12 What A World * 13 Model Citizen * 14 Vision Of Perfection


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Columbus Ohio was the home for Christian metal band Legacy. Though originating from the late 80's, the band were unable to break out of their regional locale. It's a shame they didn't, as this is pretty good. Kudos for reissue label Eonian Records for finding these guys, even if it's twenty years past. Formed in 1987, this was the era of white metal in some parts of the USA, strangely enough, the conservative deep south didn't want a bar of it - saying this was nothing more than the devils music. Well stupid conservative opinions aside (thank god dumb asses like Tipper Gore were kicked to the sidelines like proverbial dropkicks), Legacy may have dabbled in Christian themes and had mostly Christian backgrounds and beliefs, their music owes more to the holy ground occupied by the likes of Dokken, Queensryche and The Scorpions, where regular worship was laid at the altar of guys like George Lynch, Geoff Tate and Klaus Meine. In the Christian metal scene, obvious comparisions can be made to trend-setters Stryper and East Coasters Mass. Legacy played all around the Columbus venues, both at Christian and secular venues, supporting the likes of Allies, Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart, REZ Band and Ken Tamplin & Shout.

The Songs
On this CD, Legacy have delivered fourteen great tracks. Highly melodic, and caught somewhere between melodic metal and the lighter fare of hard rock, dipping at times into AOR but sparingly so. The great thing about Legacy is the twin guitar attack of Fred Blanchard and Matt Rice, but the guy who holds it all together is singer Doug Meacham, who shifts vocal styles often during the course of the album. When the band pump it up they sound magnificent, rollicking across the soundscape like certified onward Christian soldiers! Tracks such as 'Cross The Line' and the awesome 'What A World' stand out clearly, as does 'Comin' Along' which lands squarely in hair metal territory with its fast paced riffs and huge choruses. if you are a Leatherwolf fan, then 'One Way Or Another' is a great fit, though the lyrics are a bit preachy. When they drop back the intensity and wallow in melodic waters, then a track like 'Live It' comes to the fore, combining harmony vocals with a majestic White Sister like approach. Interestingly, there are no ballads on the CD, it's just full on melodic metal, some of the best I've heard this year in fact!

In Summary
Legacy were on the brink of signing a deal with a national Christian label, but the deal didn't quite get over the line. In the end, it was the turnstile effect of personnel leaving the band that caused Legacy to fold, and by 1992, with only two original members left, it was time to close the book once and for all. That's not to say that Legacy are in everyone's past memory banks, the members have stated that there may be a concerted effort to reform for a reunion gig, and maybe perhaps record some new material. If what I've heard on this Eonian Records CD is anything to go by, then I can only offer my support to the band to just 'go for it!'

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