Friday, April 17, 2009

Legion Of Two in the Mix

"A new project from Alan O'Boyle and David Lacey pits electronics against live drums and percussion for a dark, dense and noisy dirge. Huge basslines, slow pounding drums and feedback dominate. Industrial, dub and metal influences are shredded through old guitar pedals and cheap reverbs and reassembled into a driving and melodic force."
Not a bad way to start a press release.

When the world of electronic music dabbles in metal it usually turns out something like Drumcorps or Bong Ra's Grindkrusher; fast metal riffs over fast jungle/breakcore beats. It's fun when you first listen, but the format starts to wear thin pretty quickly. Supposedly what makes that music "metal" is the riffs, but the fact the whole thing is made by someone sitting at a PC is very un-metal - meaning you could see the guitars as being just another sound on a breakcore track.
So what happens when you turn the whole thing on its head? Throw out the drum machine and the guitars and what do you get? Legion Of Two. And they are metal.
The live drums are what is missing from all the sampled electro-metal out there, it gives the whole thing a massive weight which is what heavy fucking metal is all about. With bands like Sunn showing us you can be metal without picking up a guitar (see the video a few posts back) groups like Legion Of Two, while being grounded in the electronic scene (they're signed to Planet Mu), could end up finally making the electronic-metal album fans of both genres deserve.

More of a showcase than a mix, the remix of one of my favourite Sunken Foal tracks was a very pleasant surprise. Enjoy.

Intro – ‘Starbound’
Legion Of Two
Sunken Foal – ‘Rikkic Racquet’ [Legion Of Two Remake]
‘Swan Song‘


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