#1
This band is the epitome of a hidden gem. As strange as the in the title claim is, it's essentially true. Legend were a small band from Connecticut that disbanded after their first and only release, From the Fjords. The band's sound is DEEPLY rooted in 70's psychedelic and progressive rock, but it transcends into a Melodic/Epic Traditional metal sound.

The band's lyrics are all fantasy/viking, WAAAAY ahead of their time. The music itself is a bit flawed but incredibly catchy. Since the album was released so long ago and limited to 500 copies ( no official reprints) it's very rare to even find MP3's. I highly suggest the time consuming task of hunting down this band's material as it's very enjoyable.

http://www.myspace.com/legendfromamerica
Last edited by \Powerslave/ at Feb 11, 2009,
#4
Sometimes you are one of my favorite posters Powerslave.

Sometimes

Big fan of Legend. These guys were definitely of legendary status back in the 80's. Mentioning their name would either bring about a hush of silence or a crowd of tape traders asking you where the hell you heard of or saw the tape.
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#5
I'll take that as a compliment coming from you.

I actually found this band from Slough Feg's cover of Wizard's Vengeance. Not quite as good as the original but brilliant.
#6
Yes, great hidden gem indeed. I never knew that they were this popular, I always thought I was cool for listening to a cult seventies band that no one's heard of.


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#7
Popularity doesn't matter if the quality of music is this good.

The sparce but great use of 12 string and th magnificent bass lines have been ear candy to me lately.
#9
Very cool, good find. Singer could've used some work, but overall, sounds like their contribution was a worthy one.
#10
Quote by DeusExMachina90
Very cool, good find. Singer could've used some work, but overall, sounds like their contribution was a worthy one.

Aside from the fantastic guitar work I actually think the vocals are the best part of the band. such a shame Nugent passed away .
#11
Interesting stuff, definitely ahead of its time. I like it, good find Poweslave.
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#13
If anyone is interested in hearing the whole album send me a PM. I uploaded my files(which are actually better quality than the ones on myspace...) to megaupload.
#14
It sounds more like prog rock to me, but it's awesome.
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#15
The US Legend are great, one can definitely hear where bands like Manilla Road have got some of their inspiration


but still, I prefer the Legend from UK
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#16
Quote by \Powerslave/
Aside from the fantastic guitar work I actually think the vocals are the best part of the band. such a shame Nugent passed away .

Agreed.
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If anyone is interested in hearing the whole album send me a PM. I uploaded my files(which are actually better quality than the ones on myspace...) to megaupload.

PM'd
#17
Ok, so this band is admittedly awesome. I can't believe they released something this thorough and well-executed back in 1979.

Just one thing.

WHAT'S WITH THE FUCKING THREE MINUTE DRUM SOLO IN IRON HORSE!!!?? IT INTERRUPTS THE FLOW OF THE ENTIRE ALBUM!@!!!! AAAGHHGHGHH!!!!

That's not to say that the guy isn't a BEAST on the drums. He's incredible. But...come on....you don't have to be the Flo Mounier or Sean Reinert of 1979....fills don't need to be EVERYWHERE.
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#18
So heres the scoop on the middle songs of the album(why they exist):

Dude from Legend1 (DFL, henceforth): "Dude, spark that J.."
DFL2: "aright dude"

~30 minutes pass, they are good and stoned~

DFL1: "turn on the tube, mannn......"
DFL2: "OK, man"

~turns on Pale Rider or some shit~
~For 10 minutes, they both watch in silence~

DFL1: "Dude......Cowboys..are like....the vikings...of the west..."
DFL2: *headexplodes*

~And thus, shitty songs were writ~
#19
From the Fjords could have been one of the greatest EP's ever made. Instead we have a flawed, but amazing album. The drummer is indeed amazing, it's a bit sad he never did anything with another project

I hardly listen to the middle 4 songs anymore.

http://www.hellridemusic.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=11615

If anyone hasn't read this yet, I highly suggest you do so. It's an interview with the bassist, a great read!
#20
Quote by \Powerslave/
From the Fjords could have been one of the greatest EP's ever made. Instead we have a flawed, but amazing album. The drummer is indeed amazing, it's a bit sad he never did anything with another project

I hardly listen to the middle 4 songs anymore.

http://www.hellridemusic.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=11615

If anyone hasn't read this yet, I highly suggest you do so. It's an interview with the bassist, a great read!

I pretty much always skip the middle 4. I'll sometimes listen to The Confrontation because it has an amazing Sabbath-esque riff near the end, but I usually skip it as well. I'd delete those four songs, just make me not have to manually skip them every time, but I hate having incomplete albums.
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#23
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#25
This album (FtF) really drops off for me after the first 4 songs...only to get ridiculously awesome again by the time the closing track comes along. RARZ is massively stupid though, and even if it were the only bad track on the album, it would still take the album down quite a few notches.

But man, that last track.
#26
Quote by DeusExMachina90
This album (FtF) really drops off for me after the first 4 songs...only to get ridiculously awesome again by the time the closing track comes along. RARZ is massively stupid though, and even if it were the only bad track on the album, it would still take the album down quite a few notches.

But man, that last track.

That's everyone's opinion on the album