Band: Blacksmith Legacy
Album: Metal Never Dies
It’s not any secret that I have a thing for eighties metal. For whatever reason, that sound just resonates with my like no other, and I’m always on the lookout for any new bands that happen to crop up that manage to recreate that sound. Well, the Swedish heavy metal band Blacksmith Legacy is indeed one such band. True, they are hardly the most original project out there, but the fact is that originality isn’t everything. There is plenty of original garbage out there and I would rather have quality music that is derivative than a fresh pile of progressive faeces.
What really gives this little EP that sweet eighties vibe is nothing other than the riffs. The fuzzy guitar tone and the sweet leads certainly help as well, but what really gets that steady headbang going are those punchy mid-tempo riffs. Add to those a bunch of catchy vocal hooks (and I mean really catchy) and you have yourself a pretty nice little package. Alas, this EP is only four songs in length and doesn’t even make it to twenty minutes in length, but honestly, I’d rather have a strong EP with no filler than an LP where only half the songs are memorable.
Their influences are pretty spread out, but they all hover around a lot of the better eighties bands. The heavy riffing reminds me of Heavy Load, the songs themselves have a strong Leatherwolf vibe, and the vocalist appears to be taking cues from the likes of Pokolgép’s Józef Rudán. And as long as we’re talking about influences, they even ripped off a line from Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” which is admittedly a little out of place, but it doesn’t ruin the flow of the album too much. The final result is a solid effort of music that is nothing short of enjoyable to listen to, even if the songs themselves aren’t exactly comprised of the most poetic lines on this side of Shakespeare.
I can’t suggest a highlight track because seriously, they’re all pretty good. I will say that the seven-minute “Metal Never Dies” is probably the strongest track, and I have to admit I appreciate lyrics regarding metal worship, mostly because they seemed to be on every other album back in the day as some sort of trademark. And whilst the closer “Saints and Sinners” isn’t a bad song, it comes across like a song composed for the soundtrack of an eighties John Cusack film. Is that bad? Not if you ask me, but I could see where some people might scoff at such a thing. Final verdict? Well, if you’re looking for something new and fresh, look elsewhere. If you just want to hang your head out of the car window, pump your fist, and scream at pedestrians, this is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Check ’em out here: http://blacksmithlegacy.com/index.html