Formed in 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, LEGENDRY are part of the new wave of Epic Metal (following in the footsteps of such grand masters as Warlord, Brocas Helm, Cirith Ungol and the mighty Manilla Road). So far LEGENDRY have released three studio albums: “Mists Of Time” in 2016, “Dungeon Crawler” (2017) and “The Wizard and the Tower Keep” (2019). This was followed by a new EP in 2020 aptly titled “Heavy Metal Adventure.”
Due to public demand High Roller Records is now re-releasing the band’s debut platter “Mists Of Time,” originally released on CD via Non Nobis Productions in 2016.
Before “Mists Of Time,” LEGENDRY had recorded one demo, as mastermind Vidarr (guitars, vocals, mellotron and mandolin) recalls: “We actually recorded the demo right as we were beginning to record ‘Mists Of Time.’ For the demo, we simply placed a microphone in the middle of the room and released the best takes from those sessions. These sessions were, in some ways, intentionally on the rougher side, in that we were not too careful about our recording methods. I had to be concerned that the demo didn’t sound as good as the full length album we were to make!”
A few cuts off the “Initiation Rituals” demo also made it onto “Mists Of Time,” as Vidarr explains: “Yes, those tracks were the ones we had written first (‘Ancestors’ Wrath’, ‘Phoenix On The Blade’, and ‘Mists of Time’). Following those, we filled out the rest of the album with new songs, which were written after our first bassist left the group. We had developed an odd writing style where we would record a song ‘structure’ of riffs, which I would then write lyrics/melodies/solos for. So, the songs technically didn’t exist until they were recorded, rather than the more traditional method of writing/rehearsing as a band that we have adopted for ‘The Wizard and the Tower Keep’ and have kept as we move into new material.”
“I think it’s a kind of strange album,” says Vidarr looking back on the debut. “I think there are definite ambitions present in those songs, and of course, an honest approach. At that time, we weren’t thinking of reaching an audience; we simply wrote songs that we thought would be interesting and create an epic atmosphere or heroic feeling. I had an idea of creating a band that would be like a medieval version of Hawkwind. I think that in many ways, while we are adding new forms and ideas to our original work, we have carried some aspects of the style of that first album. I don’t believe we’ll ever make the same album twice, and I certainly wouldn’t want to.”
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