An Entire Legion was born in late 2009 out of a need to play melodic rock that was a construct of lyrics, passion, and songwriting of an epic nature by the members of one of the best creative UK metal bands, Tricore. Still employing the Tricore distinct and uniquely stylish use of riffs and melodies in an inventive soundscape of powerful energy, rhythms, and passions, An Entire Legion is a distinct entity alongside its more urgent and riff crushing sister project.
In 2010 Woking’s An Entire Legion released the Legion EP to instant acclaim and favour amongst fans of Tricore and beyond though that extra step of nationwide recognition just evaded them surprisingly. With the newly released Where Do You Fit EP it is hard to believe it will stay that way, it can only be a brief instance of time before music media, radio shows and the like switch on enthusiastically to the band’s grand flowing sounds.
The trio of Rich Wood (lead guitar), Mark Carstairs (guitar/bass), and Chris Kerley (drums/lead vocals) on Where Do You Fit give four tracks that inspire, satisfy, and eagerly invite the ear and heart into their melody layered and emotionally flavoured aural tapestry. The riffs are strong and decisive but with a calming hand and the rhythms are incisive with a firm and controlled delivery. This frame work allows some stunning melodic guitar work and ideas to form and play whilst the vocals of Kerley as with their other guise are a perfect fit, harsh or smooth his vocals are never less than impressive.
‘Scurvy Johnson’ starts off the EP, its slow melodic build up moving into a fine wonderfully expressive and expansive sound with guitar play to match, the result is soulful and emotive. The track threatens to explode but stays within a controlled form and even the delicious throbbing bass that entices some excellent metal attack to show its head in the latter part of the track retains a wonderful hold to compliment rather than deflect from what came before.
The next track ‘You Are So Mistaken’ brings a slower paced and mellower rock sound, beginning with a feel that reminds of The Eagles especially in the vocal department and early guitar creations. The track soon beefs up flexing some rock muscle seen in the bands companion project, again though it is a perfect blend with the melodic power keeping the key to the sound.
A prog rock flavour is evident in ‘The Way You Move’, another emotion fuelled slice of beauty. The track is varied, its rock attack balancing a mellow and heavier sound perfectly and entices participation as it spreads its wings around the ear.
The EP’s best track ‘One Dream’ closes up this impressive release. The subtle beginning tinged with a dark feel slowly reveals its glory swaying with addictive melodies and harmonies before erupting into incessant, powerful, and engaging riffs and a chorus that firmly grabs hold. Filled with delightful guitar insertions from Wood and Carstairs across the stirring basslines and Kerley’s drums the song ripples with passion and quality. Already having received solid radio play on the likes of The Reputation Radio Show, along with the opener this is the song that will open more and more doors of attention.
Where Do You Fit is a marvellous result of imaginative and innovative song writing and its realisation, it is also the trademark for the trio and any project they put their talents to no matter if rock or metal. Like the might of Tricore, the EP and An Entire Legion are essential listening, the new EPs from both surpassing most of the formulaic and predictable releases elsewhere, and though they are two totally separate and unique projects both bands deserve to be heard and shouted about.