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Legacy: Stand and Conquer

A strange throwback to a slew of independent metal bands whose demos circulated the thriving tape trading underground circa 1987, Legacy's Stand and Conquer is authentic enough in its affection for an era you sometimes wonder, listening to it, if this isn't in fact some long-lost record by some long-forgotten group that finally bubbled up from beneath the underground. The production is forgivably thin in plays, consistent with that bygone era, the vocals are of the classic early Queensryche and Fates Warning variety and the songs, if not always memorable, are at the very least supported by ace riffs and enough enthusiasm to light a fairly large Midwestern city.

Guitarist Darin Moore's prowess on his instrument is commendable and while he, bassist Patrick Palmer, drummer Andy Hall and vocalist Randy Allen form a thoroughly cohesive unit, Stand and Conquer falls short of classic status. Although the album is largely focused and solid, there are moments (the almost-up-to-minute "You Can't Hide" and the enthusiastically rendered and authentically '80s but ultimately uneventful ballad "Without You") that just don't seem up to par with songs such as "Free To Fly" and the closing instrumental "Battlecry/The Reckoning."

But those flaws were an integral part of the era that Stand and Conquer so frequently recalls and for that, one has to admire this record, though there are certainly other, better reasons, which one hopes there'll be more of on the band's next outing. Make a cassette copy (use the cheapest tape you can find for maximum effect) of this one for the car and enjoy.

Added: September 22nd 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Legacy Rocks!
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Language: english

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