Legend is an enigma. It sounds familiar, but at the same time it does not. It is
definitely a Melodic Metal band, but there is no lead guitar, and no guitar
solos. There is, however, a lead piano, or rather two of them. The pianos do not
dominate the album as much as one could
suspect though. They are a nice and important addition, but
it is Bastian Emig’s (Van Canto) strong singing voice that makes the album work.
The video for their song “Envoys of Peace” demonstrates this perfectly. The
range of how Emig delivers his lines is huge and very noticeable, and adds that
nice little extra that is so important for a band that does also have a very
clear political message. The fact that the video was recorded in Ukraine when
things started to become dangerous was obviously not planned by the band, but it
is definitely a coincidence that stresses how important the lyrics are for In
Legend. But back to the pianos. They obviously are a crucial element for the
band, but they are more remscient of a rhythm guitar. They give structure to the
songs, but they do not scream for attention just like a lead guitar would.
prefer traditional Metal might find the album boring due to the lack of guitar
solos, but fans who are happy to try out new things might want to give it a try.
It is definitely different, but not as different as one should think.