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Feradur – Legion

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Feradur - Legion

A bit more than four years have passed since the local band Feradur surprised me with its debut record, and the journey to the follow-up has been a wild one, to say the least. Shortly after the release of the first album, the guys amicably parted ways with their vocalist, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise since the new man on the mic brought a fresh energy and expertise to the ensemble, as well as a third pair of hands that plays a guitar. They were then hit with several bumps during the recording of the new songs, one of which was when a large portion of their gear was stolen, but the wait is finally over and I am excited to give you my thoughts on the mammoth that is Legion!

The quintet essentially stays true to the previously established melodic death metal sound, but the creativity has definitely been ramped up and the influences seem to be coming from a more diverse mix of genres, resulting in a gripping amalgamation of soundscapes. At times you can feel a progressive metal vibe, then at other times it turns semi-symphonic, but the result is always the same: you end up with a hefty metal slap in the face.

It is easily noticeable that Feradur has evolved quite a bit since they put out Epimetheus in 2015, because not only has the musicianship of every single member reached new levels, but the songwriting is also a lot more coherent and, dare I say, memorable. Each of the eleven tracks has a hook that will nest itself into your ear canal, be it in the form of a “catchy” chorus like those of Deus or Of Greater Deeds, or via an unexpected aural shift as during the second half of Fake Creator. One, admittedly stupid, nitpick I have though, is the fact that the majority of the songs ends in the exact same way: abruptly.

Time to get to the major new element: the vocalist! Back when I wrote my first review, I praised the original singer’s performance and I still stand by that statement, because it fit the music the guys were playing at the time perfectly…but I have to give credit where credit is due: the new man behind the mic absolutely kills it! His growls are pure evil packed into sonic form and his screeches will chill you right to the bone, and on top of that he has a fairly precise and clear enunciation, which make it possible to make out most of the lyrics without even having to refer to the booklet.

Earlier, I jokingly mentioned a minor gripe I had with these fifty-one minutes, and I wish I could end this review there, but there is another one I have, which takes Legion from a perfect melodic death metal record, to “just” a very good one. In some portions of the record, the mixing and the mastering are really off, in my opinion, and it results in the fact that at times the guitars just create this wall of sound that make it almost impossible to discern any specifics. Which is a true shame since there are so many excellent riffs and drum patterns hidden all throughout. Now, to be fair, I should add that that I listened to the album on non-high-end in-ear headphones every time, except during the writing of the review where I used my non-high-end speakers and the latter made quite a difference. So, I am cautiously saying that this is just not a headphone-record, which is not necessarily bad. That’s for you to decide.

All in all, Feradur have a true gem on their hands and I can guarantee that they shred the living hell out of the songs if you get to witness them in a live setting. Now, the best way to experience Legion will be on June 22nd, when the band is inviting you all to their release party in Dudelange’s Atelier D, but if you want a pre-listening session, you can also head to Rock Solid this Friday, June 14th, where a DJ will play the entire record for you. Until then, be sure to head to the band’s Facebook page and check out the video below!

Feradur – Epimetheus

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It feels like forever since I got to write about a local release, and what better way to draw attention to our small country than with a band that says about itself that it plays Luxembourg metal? Feradur is a relatively “new” band, despite being in existence for almost a decade, and quite frankly a group of guys that I’ve never really paid much attention to in the past. A fact that is yet another piece of evidence that I am not omniscient, because their first full length Epimetheus proves that they deserve to be noticed!

While the genre name they gave themselves is not entirely wrong, because it does have that typical Luxembourgish feel to it, I think I have to point out that the quintet plays melodic death metal, with a heavy focus on the viking-inspired kind. All throughout, the majority of the guitar parts are fairly heavy, which in combination with the tank-like powerful drumming, provides a solid backdrop for the songs to unfold. Heaviness is not the main selling point though, because the melodic side does not fall flat either, and delivers a truly diverse listening experience.

One thing that I have noticed though, is that there is a definite build-up that is happening during the nine songs. While the first two songs are a good introduction to the band’s sound, the guys unload all their potential in the middle of the record with their, in my opinion, smash hit Rotten Heart and the surrounding tracks, while ending on a slightly weaker note. In a way, that is also a strong selling point in my opinion, since many records nowadays blow their entire load on the first couple of songs and make you shy away from listening to them in their entirety…definitely not the case here.

I also have to give immense praise for the vocal performance throughout the thirty-eight minutes because, contrary to my expectations, the singer covers a wide range of styles and avoids boredom rather effectively. The multitude of techniques is only further enhanced by the actual skill that is put to show though…and that is in no way lacking! The growls are deep and menacing, the screeches are strong and ear-piercing and the screamed melodies are a pure delight!

Even though technically not quite the correct denomination, Feradur are a newcomer with a lot of potential and have managed to deliver a worthy first entry in their catalog with Epimetheus! While, out of personal preference, I won’t be spinning the record on a daily basis, I can only strongly advise you to give it a good and thorough listen, because I’m willing to bet that you won’t be disappointed. So, make sure to listen to the above-mentioned song below and head over to the band’s Facebook page for more info, especially concerning their release show that is taking place this Friday, May 29th, in Diekirch at Atelier 6!
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