Review: Legion of Andromeda – Iron Scorn

Posted: March 9, 2015 in Reviews
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Iron Scorn cover art

Well, it’s time for Legion of Andromeda to prove me wrong! When I reviewed their demo at the end of 2013 for Sleeping Shaman (second review I did for them ever!), I commented that it might be difficult to listen to their particularly fucked up brand of noise for a full length album. Well, their debut, ‘Iron Scorn’ is out now and I snapped up a vinyl copy as soon as I could. Look how beautiful this vinyl artwork is by the way; a stunningly stark illustration that is truly unsettling. Kinda like the band themselves….

‘Transuranic Ejaculation’ begins our 42 minute descent into the most unnerving parts of the human condition with a dense, dark wall of riffs. There’s a horrible hynoptic effect here, like being forced to watch your friends and family being sucked into the void over and over. Vocally, the opener is on par with some of the more disturbing things I’ve heard in a long time. It is the perfect encapsulation of what Legion of Andromeda are all about.

‘Iron Scorn’ features three of their four demo tracks from their first release, and is good for those who missed them the first time around. Steve Albini’s production has added a bit of density to them, but has sucked none of the nihilistic sludge from their core. ‘Overlord of Thunder’ is still death/doom filtered through sewage, ‘Cosmo Hammer’ is still the sound of brain death through repeat bludgeoning and ‘Sociopathic Infestation’ is all about the menace. But it’s the new tracks that do it for me here.

Be it the droning, other dimensional chug of hatred laid down by the howling ‘Scourge of Pestilence’, the desperate shriek of ‘Aim at the Starless Sky’ or the straining, guttural beast that is ‘Fist of Hammurabi, Legion of Andromeda sound like the death of galaxies. ‘Iron Scorn’ is as bleak as the cold dead corners of space, and riddled with suffocating density. Simply put, this is what falling into a black hole probably sounds like.


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