REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
‘Face Value’, the debut full-length album from Stoke-on-Trent four-piece Of Legions, sees the band employ a core combination of contagious, gritty, stop-start guitar riffs, hammering drum beats, and a gravelly vocal delivery abundant in aggression as a base on which to branch out into a range of rock genres.
Out of the nine tracks featured on this record, some are highly intense and are delivered at a rapidly accelerated rate, whereas others, such as sixth song ‘Suicidal Thoughts’, are performed at a calmer pace.
This shows how the quartet are able to be diverse with their sound, without venturing too far from its key components.
Other notable examples of this approach include the ways in which they begin each track, with opener and title song ‘Face Value’ starting with a gradual fading in of the instruments, fourth track ‘Worthless’ launching with a full-on musical onslaught, and closer ‘Wormfeeder’ introducing itself with what sounds like radio static.
‘Face Value’ is a formidable debut offering containing much passion and rawness, and sees Of Legions announce themselves as a real force on the British hardcore scene.
TOP TRACK: ‘Suicidal Thoughts’
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