Sad Legend

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Band Name Sad Legend
Album Name Sad Legend
Type Album
发布日期 1998
出版公司 Hammerheart Records
音乐风格Melodic Black
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Tracklist

1. Han 05:19
2. Dawn of Despair 05:35
3. Nocturnal Cries of Agony 06:48
4. Under Emptiness on the Dusk-Fallen Lake 06:17
5. Realm of the Soulless 03:57
6. Reincarnation 04:51
7. A Funeral in Solitude 07:15
Total playing time 40:02


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10 三月 2013

Black Metal that the whole family can enjoy!

What an interesting relationship I have with this one, the first time I listened to it I was bored out of my head, I had heard that this album was supposed to be one of a kind, unique and above all a masterpiece. Although I agreed with the unique aspect I couldn’t see where the praise was coming from so I ignored this album for a bit. But compulsions are a strange thing dear reader and I was drawn to this album again for reasons that were and still are unclear to me but boy am I glad I gave it another chance. This time I focused much more on the music than before, I let myself become immersed by it, then it hit me. Wow, how the hell was I missing out on this? This album is incredible and I can’t believe I fooled myself into thinking Sad Legend were another disposable Black Metal band.

The music on Sad Legend is VERY melodic but in a good way, I mean they haven’t gone over board and made it cheesy and metalcore like. The melodies themselves are very unique and have a nice oriental flavour to them which helps to keep it interesting. The songs themselves are very guitar oriented although keyboards are used sparingly, personally I’d have liked to have seen more of them but it’s no big hindrance. I like how when the keyboards are used they’re used for atmospheric effect only, by that I mean they haven’t done what Dimmu Borgir have done and made it the focal point of the music. They create a pleasant back drop to the melodious guitars and work in perfectly with the rest of the music.

For a Black Metal album the guitars are surprisingly light and clear, the distortion isn’t crushingly abrasive (Verwustung) and neither is it deliberately under produced (Xasthur), the guitars have just enough distortion to satisfy my Black Metal appetite but it is still very clean when compared to much of the genre. Personally this doesn’t bother me because I’m all up for cleaner sounding Black Metal albums when it’s done right, and thankfully this is. However the lack of major distortion does seem to add to the albums only downfall which I will discuss later.

Vocal wise, the singer from Sad Legend sounds like a fusion of John Haugm and A. Morbid. The vocals are very relaxed and are more mournful and sad rather than vile and hateful. It really adds to the overall atmosphere of the album. I’d have liked to have seen a change in pitch though as the vocalist does tend to use the same monotonous rasping technique for the entire album which can become a little frustrating but it doesn’t detract from the overall listening value too much.

The clean vocals are very odd in my opinion, it sounds like a female but when I looked at the personnel for this release there’s only the one vocalist and it’s a guy, so either the guy has a ridiculously feminine voice (it can happen) or they used a female singer and forgot to include her in the line-up or they deliberately left her out, I don’t know. But what I do know is that the clean vocals annoy me quite a bit, they’re ridiculously high pitched and sound almost comical in their delivery. It really detracts from the atmosphere as it adds an unwanted layer of cheese over a sad and mournful Black Metal release. Although I’m not opposed to clean vocals in Black Metal, in fact sometimes I find them to be necessary such is the case with Avathar and Catamenia. Unfortunately however Sad Legend simply doesn’t know how to use them, at all.

Now onto this albums biggest downfall, it’s lack of aggression. Black Metal is a genre that is usually evil, dark and aggressive, although Melodic Black Metal never has been particularly evil and dark; it’s still aggressive, even Catamenia had their aggressive moments. But it’s because Sad Legend LACKS aggression that it causes a bit of a hindrance to me, in all fairness I haven’t heard a Black Metal album as tame as this since Bergtatt – Et eeventyr i 5 capitler. What’s even more curious to me is that the music doesn’t sound like it was actually designed to be played like this. The music would fit much better if it was a lot faster and more aggressive, I understand that the aim of this album was to create a mournful atmosphere but you can do that without removing aggression (Nyktalgia’s first album is a good example of this). Unfortunately Sad Legend HAS all the right ingredients to be an absolute work of art; the lack of aggression however hinders this. For what it is it is a very good Melodic Black Metal album, it definitely has its stand out moments and it certainly qualifies as an interesting listen but the replay value isn’t nearly as high as Far Away From The Sun, Welcome My Last Chapter or Storm of the Light’s Bane. Whilst I enjoy this album very much, it’s a little too safe for my liking, it sounds like it was designed to cater exclusively to people who aren’t exactly into this kind of music. It has the main ingredients of Black Metal but lacks the main atmosphere that makes this kind of music so special. Overall Sad Legend is a melodic masterpiece wrapped in cotton wool; suitable for all ages.

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