|Posted by Kibitzer on April 9, 2011 at 8:11 PM|
Hail Metal Warriors and RAGE!!! Yours truly here, The Kibitzer, bringing you the best from the Heavy Metal underground from both signed and unsigned local bands every time, all the time. Today, I introduce to you a band that I watched perform at The Iron and Steel Fest II back on October 23, 2010. Hailing from Kingston, PA and weighing in at a full ton, give it up for Forgotten Legacy!!! Yes, that is right! I have been listening to these guys non-stop since the first time I saw them live last year and I’ve been meaning to put out a review on these guys for quite some. Without further ado, here it is!
Their latest CD, “The Oracle”, is an amalgamation of a full on assault by guitarist Mike Johnson, bassist Chuck Donahue and John Jesuele on drums followed by the straightforward blunt force trauma provided by vocalist Joel Wood. A symmetrical blend of fantasy and realism combined with the raw sound that they are known to have up on stage, Forgotten Legacy is definitely Power Metal! Power Metal that is in your face and made right here in the USA and keeping it true for the die hards such as myself. I really don’t care what the non-metal purists or the other “metal pundits” have to say about them. They don’t sound “dated”. They are a well rounded, well oiled and fully armored tank ready to rampage on through a town near you!!!
Just by listening to “The Oracle”, it’s hard and heavy but melodies are also catchy and a great sound of synergy and aesthetics that is lacking in some of the other bands that I see trying to start out today. Not one instrument overrides the other. The quality of sound production is very close to perfection. The CD’s volume is consistent and nothing is overly skewed or distorted and it doesn’t sound like that they made the CD in somebody’s garage or basement. But if it was, they really fooled me now didn’t they!? Every member of the band has a say in this and I really like the teamwork involved within the sound structure of the CD. Let me say, from the beginning to end, “The Oracle”, really does put on a show and it never disappointed me, not even once!
Opening up the album is “2012”, based on the Mayan Calendar that predicts the end of the world in 2012 is an adventurous epic that speaks for itself. Great musicianship and knockout vocals by Joel Wood. The next track, “Rage”, needs no explanation as it is also my war cry, lol, and “Cimmerian” carries more than its own weight when displaying Forgotten Legacy’s fine craftsmanship of musical arrangements with a bit of an odd time signature to boot. The drums shine on this one too. Along with “The Darkness”, this song to me, more of a Heavy Metal anthem as it is loose, melodic and a monster of its own. The last track, “Forgotten Legacy”, a very poignant and meaningful track that kinda brings a tear to The Kibitzer’s eye, lol, but no really, I love it and it’s one of my favorites off of the CD. I am really surprised that Forgotten Legacy isn’t signed yet! Nonetheless, again, I see nothing but good things to come for this band. So, take up your axes, your hammers, your swords and your shields Metal Warriors! This is one CD that will not disappoint you! 4 out of 5 stars! Forgotten Legacy… you haven’t heard the last from these guys and I’m sure you’ll be hearing much more from them in the future. This is the Kibitzer signing off and reminding you to please go out there and support the local and the unsigned Metal bands out there today. They can use your support! Now let’s RAGE!!!!
- The Kibitzer 4/9/11