Legacy of Disorder hails from New Zealand and their sound is very good. They are just metal to the core. They remind me a several good bands blended into one. I pick up so many different influences within their sound that you can think “Oh this sounds like (Insert band name here) at this part!” and this happens every 30 seconds. While this is good for the most part, it really lacks some originality. However, these gentlemen know how to get your head moving and can play some sweet riffs, get you groovin with the flow of the song and their anthems on the album are definitely mosh starters. “Last Man Standing” takes what good underground metal is and popular radio metal and combines to create a catchy album that you can respect.
At just over 41 minutes of metal, you get such a wide variety of the genre. James Robinson’s work on vocals is more than just one or two styles, he seems to have several different screams AND singing ranges. He can scream and growl as low or high as anyone and his ability to harmonize with himself in layers sounds pretty wicked as well. Guitarist Rana Freilich provides us with such a rich tone that when he is riffing, you feel the power behind it. When he is nailing a solo, it sounds so crisp and sharp. With Jason Keill on bass beside him, the two create a rather chunky wall of music. Add drummer Matt Thompson to the mix and he makes sure everything stays intact and heavy.
Like I mentioned above, Legacy of Disorder’s “Last Man Standing” is a massive blend of artists/bands we have already listened to. That does tear away at the originality section of the band a little bit. While this album is good, it doesn’t feel new or exciting. These guys are playing their asses off and pouring their hearts into this and I get that, it’s just their influences are controlling their writing ability and song layout. Prohibiting LoD to write creative new songs that build their own character as a band.
Slayer, Hell Yeah, Chimaira, Pantera, Drowning Pool and Devildriver….they are all in the new Legacy of Disorder album “Last Man Standing”. I recommend you spin this album at least once, it just won’t get any more attention from me.