It's apparently obvious what's happened on Legend's new release with the introduction of clean vocals and a mainstream song structure that the group may have been dabbling with all along.
     When I say group, I'm not really sure who I'm even talking about. It's just Chad and DL at this point and it's safe to assume the tracks here have never actually been performed live yet. On their debut, I perceived Legend to be that perfect blend between Emmure and Bury Your Dead with infectious hooks and great tremolo creativity. The outfit was made up of all the misfits and outcasts who had been in hardcore bands before mashed together into one ruthless release. It could have been the one and only album and The Pale Horse may have never even happened as far as I'm concerned.
     As time went on, and Chad found himself back in For The Fallen Dreams, the two groups mirrored each other and on this latest installment, LGND are practically playing Heavy Hearts covers. 
     "Promise" and "Home" are two tracks that showcase the melodies that bring Sevendust's Animosity and Seasons days back to memory. These chugging groove oriented bands have been a replica of Home since it dropped in '99 and it's startling to see that sound still so prevalent almost twenty years later.
     The album is a fun listen, but the choruses don't do too much to catapult the songwriting. It's just understood that this is just what they're doing now and it's like what waiting for a smoker to put out their cigarette and come back inside for the non-smoker feels like. 
     It's important to note that the band has gone full TAFKAP on us (is it still that symbol these days? or did he go back to just being Prince yet?) and have legally changed their name to LGND. A search for Legend on Apple Music doesn't give you the new album, but still showcases the back catalogue. In a time of media saturation and  consistent overload of information it's alarming the band wouldn't want to promote their name change, their new album, their new lineup, and their new direction with every effort. This approach doesn't make anyone feel as if LGND is even proud of their work. If in fact they are just doing it for themselves, then drop the label and let the business spend its effort on acts willing to market their work.
     I've been a FTFD fan since the beginning and was a Legend enthusiast when the group was just an idea, but to surprisingly change your name and drop an album in this market is a stupid move. Even one of your biggest supporters didn't know. For those interested to see what DL has been doing outside of The Acacia Strain and those looking for more tremolo shenanigans, I'd recommend getting the latest TAFKAP. 

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