Sunday, January 12, 2014

Review: Sangus Legionaris - Vengeful Brutality

Sangus Legionaris are a fairly new black metal/thrash metal/crust five piece, formed in 2012 out of Rhode Island. At the time of writing the band have released two demos, the first being the three track Vengeful Brutality cassette. Offering up cult items such as sigil patches soaked in blood and limited releases of their demo tapes, this cult ensemble are proving to be controversial and interesting. But when you listen to their audio do they have anything to offer?

Genre: Black/Thrash Metal, Crust
Label: Self-released/independant
Release Date: May 5th, 2013
  1. Bone Collector
  2. Gaspipe
  3. Si Brucerà
Total Playtime: 09 minutes, 29 seconds

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Rating: 7.5/10







Sangus Legionaris are a fairly new black metal/thrash metal/crust five piece, formed in 2012 out of Rhode Island. At the time of writing the band have released two demos, the first being the three track Vengeful Brutality cassette. Offering up cult items such as sigil patches soaked in blood and limited releases of their demo tapes, this cult ensemble are proving to be controversial and interesting. But when you listen to their audio do they have anything to offer?


Clocking in at just under ten minutes, Vengeful Brutality is a fleeting glimpse into what Sangus Legionairs are all about. The three available tracks are comprised of slightly raw blackened thrash material that borders on the lines of noise at some dispersed points among the songs, such as at the end of "Gaspipe"; all the while being wrapped up with a crust-embedded sound. The song structures are more thrash inspired than black metal, being largely made up of quick power chords, vehement solos and galloping blast beat drumming. Laid on top of the instrumental chaos are aggressive vocals dripping with black metal styled growls. The vocals never stagnate, nor do they lose their passionate energy that drives the content. While the material heard within each track is pleasing to the ear and gets the listener's heart pumping, the content could use more defining structures to ground the band's sound a bit more; while the guitars have a greasy, raw, crusted over tone to them they are hard to define from one another. The two guitar tracks that are present blend into one far too often throughout the short lifespan of the demo.

Overall for a first release Vengeful Brutality shows a lot of potential for Sangus Legionaris. The band aren't in need of many improvements or changes as their dynamic style and sound stands out well in the underground world of black and thrash metal; the addition of noise really enhances the material at hand, provided it doesn't happen too often in a longer release. The cult vibe that the group are portraying also gives an air of mystery to them and their music as well. Definitely a recommended listen, and a band to keep an eye on, you can pick up Vengeful Brutality at a "name your price" option over at the Sangus Legionairs Bandcamp.

Digital Download Provided by: Sangus Legionairs

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