This is one of my top 5, maybe even top 2 favorite NWOBHM records ever. Legend hailed from a tiny island from the UK which they rarely left, and self pressed only 2,000 copies of this record which have all sold out, so needless to say it's a very rare piece of music, and like Detente's debut it often goes for prices reaching $150 or more. Their biggest break was an opening slot for Thin Lizzy in 1984, and was also one of their last shows until they reunited in 2002. But enough small history...
To the music... the production (self produced, of course) is a warm almost AM radio sounding affair, albeit clear and concise, and really sets it apart from the other metal of the time which had that big heavy bombastic sound. The vocals are almost folky and sweet with a great deal of conviction, and the guitars are remniscient of early Iron Maiden and Cirith Ungol with possibly King Crimson and other 70's prog & rock. Every member was talented and the lyrics show the intelligence of the band with diatribes of politics, religion, morality and psychological struggles. The songwriting is reserved enough that you're not overloaded with riffs and solos. Overall it's like "Sad Wings Of Destiny" meets Maiden's s/t, meets King Crimson and Budgie, all recorded with lo-fi production and tastefully low on the flashyness... you may know what I mean when you hear it.
I simply cannot say enough about this album. Hear it for yourself.
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3. Time Bomb
4. Lazy Woman
5. Why Don't You Kill Me
6. Anthrax Attack
8. Death In The Nursery
Running forever in circles of hate, clinical bars keep us tight
Hoping for fools to unleash us in haste, to prove to the world of their might
Created to kill in obscene trails of pain, to blot out the source of the light
A subtle but deadly supply on the wind, it gives them no reason to fight