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LEGEND- Death in the Nursery LP (Workshop Records,UK, 1982)

IMG_0534IMG_0535IMG_0536IMG_0537 I first met R. in 1981. We both attended the same school in a shithole of a dump in a rather provincial part of Switzerland (now you might say, with the banning of minarets in Switzerland, the whole country seems to be rather provincial and even though I’m not a big fan of religious buildings and could imagine to live in a society without temples of any sort, I still could understand why you’d say so). I got a lot of shit for my long hair, for not playing soccer like the other guys, for not dressing like they did and for my loud mouth. So did R. I had seen him before, with a jacket full of Iron Maiden, Sex Pistols and Motörhead patches. He was a bit older, had to repeat some classes. One day I visited him at home where he showed me his impressive record collection. His father was born and raised in London, that’s why they tripped to the UK on a regular basis and that was something you could tell by the records he had. So many of them I had never seen before and one that was brand new was the first LP by LEGEND. I immediately fell in love with the minimalistic cover, though when he put the album on, I was a bit disappointed, if I remember correctly, cause it sounded rather slow and melodic. From this day on, I occasionally hung out with R., but not so often, as he didn’t like my other buddies (some of whom very quite aggressive and gave me and people like me shit constantly). R. was a rather tiny fellow, always hectic and nervous and I guess it didn’t take his father, who was a brick layer, much force to beat him to death about a year later.

I had totally forgotten about LEGEND (and R.) until I recently downloaded “Death in the Nursery”, the band’s second LP.The first album is very good and I like it a great deal, but this one here is just incredible. While you’ll still hear the 70s here and there, this album has developed a totally unique sound, combining various stylistic peculiarities to a highly original brand of what sounds almost painfully close to what I think of as the perfect NWOBHM record (and don’t forget to check out the totally under-represented SLEDGEHAMMER LP too!).
The first song, “Choices”, has it all: A funky intro starts off and then you’re immediately drawn into a one of a kind atmosphere. Dramatic, earnest, gloomy, heavy and just very, very passionate. These guys mean business! “Warrior” starts of pretty Iron Maiden-like (yes, we’re in the 80s now!) and takes the paranoid visions one step further, “Apartment Blocks of Fear”, Mike Lezala sings, “blot out the evening, as if to hide to tear.” Awesome! “Time Bomb” and “Lazy Woman” manage to keep up the quality level at ease and “Why don’t you kill me” lifts the bar even higher. I mean – how can this be?! What a song! Then I flip the record over and, my gawd, “Anthrax Attack” with its incredible vocals lines nails me down every time I hear it. Same with “The Prisoner”, a rather balladesque but equally beautiful and strong number. The title track starts off really fast, but as soon as the bridge and chorus comes in, you know that this song is of the same epic proportions, with a larger than life chorus and a very nice twist in the middle. The ending “Prologue” opens with one hell of an acoustic bit, before closing the album in utmost grace.

If the NWOBHM had a company secret, this is it. Heavy but fragile, aggressive yet sensible. Music for outsiders.

Delete your old files and grab my fresh rip. It sounds very different (a lot better) from the other vinyl rips floating around. Download LEGEND’s «Death in the Nursery» here. Hope you enjoy, WTT.

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