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Three Eyes Left – Legione

Three Eyes Left
Legione
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 29 January 2021, 6:19 AM

From their Facebook page, “Three dancing eyes chasing the night idol, a sound bending at the magical sphinxes of times ready to explode in millions of vivid and dying butterflies. A needles storm enveloping more distant minds’ sleep to fecundate the first handmaid’s ancient womb. A psychic and interrupted rock, a multitude of words weaved together with a string made of stones and gems. THREE EYES LEFT is the dance before the word and the word before del colour, and now waits for the harvest refulgence to gather and offer the livid germ of its roots.” “Legione” is the band’s fifth release, and contains nine tracks.

“Sulfur” leads off the album. It opens with a “Hi, Joker” and then some tense tones. The main riff is fuzzy and slow. It transcends to a full and rich sound, with guitar strikes that shake the very earth. The vocals are harsh fits of rage at first. The sound picks up and then levels off once more. “Satanauta” opens with a powerful and ultra-low riff. It follows the lumbering of a wooly mammoth thudding across the arctic. The vocals are lost just a little in the mix here for me, because of the fat nature of the instruments. The riff shifts at the half-way mark, with semi-clean vocals. It slows towards the end.

“Left Hand Path” is a shorter song still with those big strikes from the instruments. The vocals vary from clean to near-guttural utterances, and the song builds a hypnotic sense. “We are Legion” is just under nine-minutes in length. It begins with a slow guitar riff and clean vocals, that give way to harsh vocals. A spastic guitar solo also comes in, with heavy doses of wah-wah and feedback. It’s almost a free jazz style jam. “Follow the Laws of Dead Man” is a shorter song with spoken words in Spanish if I am not mistaken. The music is a mix of feedback along with some heavy strikes and psychedelic stylings.

“Master of Beyond” is over ten-minutes in length. Beginning with a slow drum beat and some heavy strikes from guitar and bass, clean vocals are the first to hit. It goes on for days, like a lonely drive across Route 6 in the dark. It picks up in pace for a spell and then another spastic guitar solo drops. Following this is a passage of utter loneliness and despair. “Maggot Pigs…You’ll Die” is a shorter song, opening with bass notes and spoken words. The sound drops around the half-way mark and then returns. “Bargain with the Serpent” is another ten-minute opus. When you strip down the genre, these types of long songs are at the forefront. Laborous, droning sounds abound. As predicted, it picks up for a bit and then retreats, with another ambient passage around the half-way mark.

“Procession with Spectre in the Void” closes the album. It really isn’t unlike many of the other tracks. The music is fairly basic Doom Metal here. If you are looking for something innovative of overly creative, this is not it. What it is however, is an ode to the forefathers of the genre, like BLACK SABBATH for example. It also has a slight psychedelic twist for me. Through five albums, the band has a clear identity. The album was just good for me, but not anything to get excited about, unless you are a Doom Metal purist, in which case this might be right up your alley.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Sulfur
2. Satanauta
3. Left Hand Path
4. We are Legion
5. Follow the Laws of Dead Man
6. Master of Beyond
7. Maggot Pigs…You’ll Die
8. Bargain with the Serpent
9. Procession with Spectre in the Void
Lineup:
Andrea – Bass
Ste – Drums
Maic – Vocals, Guitars
Record Label: Delomelanicon Records
     


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