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Legion - 2012 Resurrection



ARTIST: Legion
ALBUM: Resurrection
LABEL: Z Records
SERIAL: ZR0497164
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Phil Vincent

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Phil Vincent - lead vocals * Vince O'Regan - guitars * Gavin Cooper - bass * Irvin Parrat - keyboards * Steve Hopgood - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 On The Outside * 02 All Your Love * 03 Woman * 04 Back For More * 05 Crucified * 06 Can't Get You Out Of My Head * 07 Time After Time * 08 Halfway Home * 09 You Are The Fire * 10 The Hunger * 11 Free Yourself

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Background
For those that don't know, Legion is the British/American hybrid band signed to Z Records. The American side of the coin is vocalist Phil Vincent, while the rest of the band are made up of British musicians; the best known is guitarist Vince O'Regan who has appeared with other British acts such as Bob Catley, Eden and Holy Rage. Vince is the catalyst for the band, organising, writing and engineering/mixing the music. Legion are typical of the new era of Internet bands, with all of the blokes contributing over the net. There only gig so far was the 2010 Z Rock Festival, which was also Phil's debut live performance. Now with a handful of albums under their belt, 2012's offering is 'Resurrection'. Legion toil away at the harder end of the melodic rock spectrum, and they compare favourable to bands like Whitesnake, no doubt due to O'Regan's guitar style, with a hint of Sykes, Beach and Aldrich all rolled into one.


The Songs
There's a bunch of good sounding tracks complete with sizzling guitar riffs and a pumping rhythm section. O'Regan sets a cracking pace with 'On The Outside', and yes latterday Whitesnake is a good comparison. Lots of fiery guitars on offer here. Smoothing things over for the second track, 'All Your Love' appeals more to the melodic rocker than the heavy metaller; the chorus definitely keeps things in perspective. On the other hand 'Woman' snaps and crackles with hair metal intent. The tight snare drums are stolen from the late 80's and the chorus has Biloxi type appeal. In fact, that rather simple chorus is kinda killer! Very good I say! O'Regan sets the riffs on fire again, this time for 'Back For More'. Caught somewhere between Doug Aldrich and Ronnie LeTekro, the guitars lead this one on a merry chase. By now, I'm getting the impression that this O'Regan fella is a pretty talented bloke, as he's checking all the boxes with ease! 'Crucified' continues Legion's hard rock output being stamped out as shiny solid lead bars! The first change up moment is the acoustic ballad 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'. And no, it's not the ELO/Silent Rage version. This is pretty classy, listening to this you can easily imagine it being given airtime on 1980's MTV. There's a load of chugging guitar originating from 'Time After Time', a solid effort without the same dynamics we've heard thus far. 'Halfway Home' for me is the album's most interesting moment, with riffs appearing out of the Kix or Krokus songbook; yes, a slightly blues/boogie sound though still very oriented toward the prevailing Legion style. Phil is blasting out some tough vocals here, while the O'Regan solo is flashy and stylish. The drums are accelerated to a faster tempo on 'You Are The Fire', which means that everything else is dragged along for the ride! 'The Hunger' is closer to AOR than anything. It features more keyboards than I've heard on the previous tracks, though still retains its heaviness. The final track 'Free Yourself' is another fast-paced tune. It's probably nicked a few ideas from John Sykes and Blue Murder in my opinion, but there's nothing wrong with that.


In Summary
A surprisingly good album, with some classy tracks and solid performances from all involved. Vince O'Regan is the star here, a talented guitarist who should soon start earning some overdue respect from the hard rock community. What would make it more appealing if the band can organise a few dates to play live. A bit complicated given everyone's living arrangements but hey, it's all in the name of rock n roll right? Check them out.


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