“Legion” is Deicide’s second full-length album, and is widely considered their best effort.
Still, it’s terribly generic speed metal with only superficial death metal aesthetics on top. Deicide were never a good band, but there is a reason “Legion” is such an overrated album, and it has a lot to do with the mainstream assimilation of black and death metal that happened in the early 1990s and led to the bastardisation of both genres, and thus the emergence of bands like Gorgoroth, Cannibal Corpse, Archgoat, Necrophobic, Behemoth and Antekhrist.
“Legion” was actually the first Deicide album I ever heard, and I didn’t completely realize how bad the band was until I heard their other albums, including the atrocious debut, the boring, commercial jingles compilation “Stench of Redemption” and, of course, the nu-metal chug-fest “Overtures of Blasphemy”.
It’s because they are an overrated clown act led by a down syndrome buffoon (Glen Benton) going through midlife crisis and suffering from a condition very specific to nu-metal: being raped by your priest and making music out of it.
Like Jonathan Davis and Corey Taylor, Glen Benton (another nu metal vocalist) was sexually abused as a child.
But unlike David and Taylor, Glen Benton doesn’t have the balls to admit he wants to play nu-metal, so he ends up – like a bitch – pretending to be into “brutal death metal, man” when all he actually wants is to pass a Korn audition.
The angsty emo of nu-metal is increasingly transparent once you read the lyrics, and see that the ostentatious anti-Christianity is little more than a cover for the “I’m a freak, watch as I suffer” drama popularised by Slipknot, Korn and Marilyn Manson.
Track 7, “In Hell I Burn” gives us “Life has no meaning, unyielding obsession / Grasping at strings of a life I once knew / Death by my own hands, achieving objective / Blade to my throat, I calmly greet death“.
Sorry, “edgy” anti-Christian Slipknot is still Slipknot, not matter how hard you try to dress it up with juvenile “blasphemy”.
What’s sad is that Glen Benton, a literal cuckold according to his (ex-)wife who was admittedly banged by the entire band at one point (Benton excluded, as he was too busy writing “edgy” lyrics about “satanic suicide“), managed to ruin what would otherwise have been a decent death metal album with his shitty nu-metal vocals, pitch shifted and autotuned in the tradition of Bullet for my Valentine.
Certainly, the guitar work on “Legion” – courtesy of the Hoffman brothers, later kicked out of the very band they founded (!) when Benton realised his wife wasn’t satisfied with reading the satanic bible in missionary – is decent, and even excellent on some tracks (“Dead but Dreaming” and “Trifixion”). Much better than that of more commercially successful bands, such as Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation, Vader, etc. What ruins the “Legion” album is what ruins the band Deicide, Glen Benton’s lack of talent.
This album does have some bright spots, but they are few and far between. The first 3 songs are pretty decent and the riffs, when not buried under Benton’s pathetic rantings, are usually (at least) standard death metal, but other than that, I really can’t think of anything positive to say about this album.
Bottom line, skip this band unless you too want a go with Benton’s ex-wife.
Replace with Sewer’s “Locked Up in Hell” for some truly brutal death metal.