In Legend
Ballads 'n' Bullets
Style: Piano Metal
Release date: 23 May, 2011
Playing time: 58:37

Can you take away the guitars and replace them with a piano?

In Legend from Germany is trying to breed fresh air into the metal scene and I tip my hat for the idea and concept alone even though the result isn't all that great. The album kicks off very promising with "Heaven Inside" and in "Pandemonium" they have written a potential metal hit, but as the album progresses the excitement falters. The remaining songs do too often drift off into monotony with a few bright and catchy spots in-between; "Vortex", "Life Is up To You" and "A Hanging Matter", but the rest is easily forgettable.

But I still applaud them for trying a fresh and untested approach to metal, trying to create a niche for them and sticking with the concept for a whole album. But in the long run things do sadly get a bit too repetitive and monotone simply because the piano is too limited soundwise and the songs quickly sound very much alike. And you quickly end up sitting and wait for a guitar to kick in; even the smallest lead would have suited many songs on the album.

It's an paradox that the thing setting them apart from the rest is the same thing limiting them, but do give this special metal release a chance because this sounds like nothing else...

01. Heaven Inside
02. Pandemonium
03. Elekbö
04. At Her Side
05. Vortex
06. Life Is Up To You
07. The Healer (inkl. Remedy)
08. Yue
09. Soul Apart
10. Stardust feat. Inga (Van Canto)
11. A Hanging Matter
12. Prestinate
13. Heya
14. Universe
Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Distribution: Playground Music
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 7 May, 2011