Sound — 3
He is Legend should change their name to He I'd Mediocore and change the name of their new album "Suck Out The Poision" to "Suck Out The Originality." I had very high hopes for this album after the sheer mastery of "I Am Hollywood," but sadly, this album is quite disappointing. Part of what made He is Legend great was their ability to seamlessly blend different styles of music and influences, giving each track it's own individual feel. Some tracks had a punk feel, some tracks had a hardcore feel, some had a metal feel. "SOTP" has none of that, and it becomes fourteen tracks of sheer drudgery. There are flashes of brilliance on "Dixie Wolf," with it's laid-back chorus, "Attack Of The Dungeon Queen" with it's harmonized guitar licks and pinch harmonics, and "Mushroom River" with it's Nirvana-esque feel, but the other tracks get lost in the flow. "China White II" makes very little reference to "China White I" from "I am Hollywood." "(( (Louds," touted by the band for involving a female vocalist, is almost nine minutes of the same grinding riff. True screamo/metalcore fans will love it, but I was a He is Legend fan because they didn't conform to the scene like everyone else.
Lyrics — 6
Schuylar Croom sounds pissed on this album. The lyrics sound like they describe the sixteen-century Salem witch hunts and are interesting at first, but by the fourteenth track they've gotten repetitive. Schuylar's voice was a big concern for me: I thought he was the best vocalist in rock music today, and I think he wore out his voice because he sounds nothing like he used to. His voice is gravelly and he has trouble staying on pitch. Mckenzie Bell's additional screaming is still amazing, however.
Overall Impression — 2
Overall, "SOTP" doesn't hold a candle to "I Am Hollywood" or "91025." Certain standout tracks ("Dixie Wolf," "Attack Of The Dungeon Queen," "Mushroom River") are fun, but not worth the price of the whole disc. Sadly, He Is Legend has gotten bland, mediocre, and unoriginal.