Legendry is an American band that I have previously missed out on but this re-release of the band’s debut album originally put out in 2016 has given all of us another chance to pick up on this interesting group that has joined the ever increasing New Wave Of Epic Metal genre. The sub-groups within rock music are becoming increasingly more descriptive these days which, I suppose, helps to make a more informed choice but it can also lead to fine bands and albums being dismissed just because they fall into a wrong category. However, you only need to look at the album cover and a quick check of the song titles immediately informs that this is epic fantasy metal and what you see is truly what you get.
The band comes from Pittsburgh in the United States and has released three albums to date with the second album, Dungeon Crawler, coming out in 2017 and The Wizard And The Tower Keep following in 2019 and it seems that clamour from the public has led to the re-release of the band’s debut. This is old school metal born out of NWOBHM but given an American twist and is very much guitar driven hard rock. In the early years the band comprised of the multi-talented and intriguingly titled Vidarr and he supplied vocals, guitar, bass, Mellotron and even some mandolin with drums courtesy of the equally enigmatic Kicker. Later releases would see the bass duties being passed on to the wonderfully named Evil St. Clair and it is so obvious that they are all having a great time.
This is metal born out of Witchfynde and Tygers Of Pan Tang with a little doom thrown in for good measure and given that special touch of American magic. If you are into bands like Manilla Road and Cirith Ungol then Legendry is a name that you need to add to your must listen list. The music is dark, heavy and portentous and most definitely influenced by the cult of Conan The Barbarian being very much of the sword and sorcery based. There is even a Manilla Road cover for you to enjoy as well as compare and contrast.
Legendry is a band definitely worth checking out especially if you like riff heavy heroic metal.
Mists Of Time (reissue) track list
- Cimmeria (1:03)
- For Metal We Ride (9:08)
- Ancestors’ Wrath (5:48)
- Phoenix On The Blade (8:29)
- Attack Of The Necromancer (5:24)
- Mists Of Time (9:50)
- Necropolis (Manilla Road Cover) (3:16)
- Winds Of Hyboria (10:28)
- Cimmeria (Reprise) (1:38)