Legions Of War are a band from Sweden that plays a mixture of black, war and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Forced to The Ground" which was released by Inferno Records.
The album starts off with an intro that has the sounds of war stomping along with some synths as well as some heavy and melodic guitar riffing and drums before going into a fast melodic black metal assault along with high pitched screams and a few seconds later guitar solos are added into the music in certain parts as well as being diverse along with a mixture of slow and fast parts and then the thrash influences start to kick in and really start to take over on the next song.
When the music is in black/thrash mode it really starts to kick in gear and it never goes away from the black metal and the mixture of black and thrash metal are a very great strong point on the recording and the music starts also incorporating classic metal elements, and as the album progresses it starts also going into a melodic black metal direction to create a true and diverse metal record.
Once we get into the fourth song classical guitars are added in as an intro before going into a melodic and old school metal direction as well as adding in powerful sounding bass guitars and once the black metal parts kick in the music starts reminding me of what Dissection would of sounded like if they where more thrash influenced.
The album really starts getting more diverse as time goes on by one minute the music will be an all out thrash assault and then it stops with some depressing sounding keyboards, acoustic guitars and melodic guitar leads before making a return to being heavy again and I can hear some King Diamond and Mercyful Fate influences being used in the guitar riffing and the screams also bring back memories of Bewitched and there is also a brief use of psychedelic sounding keyboards.
One of the main strengths this band has is that every song sounds different from each other and it only sticks to true elements which is actually a great thing and I can see this album making this band very well known in the metal genre.
Song lyrics cover war and violence themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, professional. and heavy sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Legions Of War are a very great sounding mixture of war, melodic black metal and thrash and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Forced To The Ground" "At the Eastern Shores" and "In The Warfield Storms". RECOMMENDED BUY.