It is good to see that more and more young British bands seem to be going back to the old, traditional sounds that this country had made so popular throughout the Eighties. Sure, there are some duds among them, but when you hear a band like LOST LEGION, you can’t help but reminisce about those glory times of British Heavy Metal. The production on their debut demo “Legends Of The Drenai” is a bit muddy, but that helps in conjuring up the character and spirit of the Eighties.
The original name of the band had been THE CLAN OF STEEL, founded in 1998 by the two brothers and guitarists Frank and Adam Allain, but once they completed the line-up they decided to also change name. Be that as it may, these three songs breathe the spirit of the Eighties, extremely traditional, but with nice dynamics and, as mentioned before, character. The lads don’t waste any time with an intro, but delve right in with “Stranger”, mid-paced, well written, a little later on with a nice acceleration, complete with good riff and solo, I like this! And they don’t let up with “Carnage On The Walls Of Delnoch”, once more anything but flashy, but more than solid this faster track proves that this sound is not dead yet. Closer “Gellans Lament” has some good dynamics on offer, but overall definitely still needs more work than the first two cuts, but the potential is obvious here as well.
Three songs are not much to judge a band by, but “Legends Of The Drenai” still gives a good first impression for LOST LEGION, they definitely have a lot of work ahead of them, but the foundation is there and that is more than I can say for many other bands out there…
(Online July 4, 2007)