Welcome to a Festival of Fuzz. LEGION OF SADISM are the sort of band that distortion pedals roam the countryside looking for when they leave home and in LEGION OF SADISM they find the ideal band when you consider where the jack plugs have to go.
So what do we have? Well a veritable feast of fizz for starters. This is Black Metal with a strong Punk influence, though this is far from being a DARKTHRONE clone. Each song is distinct from its siblings and though not every track grabs you by the scruff of the neck, there are some corkers on “Auf Gedeih Und Verderb.” These boys keep themselves busy throughout this distinctly old school effort, there is plenty going on to hold your attention as L.O.S. give it some Captain Caveman on this primitive platter.
Despite the fact that the band have been in existence for some years, they obviously have a mantra of keeping things simple. They probably see sophistication as something you should slap a poultice on. That aspect aside, this is not a linear ride and within their self imposed constraints, variety runs free. Though much of this album buzzes along at a merry pace, there are slower moments and also full-on fuzz-outs. There is also a range of emotions bubbling away in a cauldron of negativity, anger and despair both play a part, that said I sometimes get the impression that some mischief maker has snuck in and opened the valve on a bottle of nitrous oxide.
There is a certain infectiousness about many of the songs on the album, “Ich Töte Dich” belongs on an isolation ward, as does “Festival Of Violence.” Trebly riffs are frequently used to plough through the fuzz to hook the listener in such as the Middle Eastern refrain used on “Die Kolonne Der Makabren” which also features some of the most manic drumming on offer here. Along with the clatter and batter of the drums, we have a vocalist who expresses himself perfectly for this style of Black Metal, utilising aggression, BURZUM-like anguish and some clean singing as required, there is even a deep Death croak coughed up on one of the mid section tracks. This is also one of those albums where the bass shoulders itself through to the bar and demands serving in no uncertain terms. Fat and rounded, it keeps the over-exuberant guitar in check, a heavy rumble amongst the six string bumble.
You get a clear impression that LEGION OF SADISM were enjoying themselves when they recorded “Auf Gedeih Und Verderb.” There are moments of Black ‘n’ Roll and some uncomplicated yet effective touches that make the album a tad more listenable. I rather imagine that the lyrical content is going to be provocative and it is refreshing to hear no clichéd reference to Satan for a change.
As I suspect that this CD is more tongue in cheek than bleak, I think you will find it fun too. If your diet consists entirely of grimness, then you might baulk a bit at this, but if your toes occasionally like to tap, it would do no harm to avail yourself of these four filthy fucker’s fracas. (Online April 14, 2005)