The Show: Wednesday, August 31, 2005
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Legends of the South

By Anthony Mariani

Other than in name and accompanying southern-fried imagery, Legends of the South should not be confused with any sort of Allman Brothers/Lynyrd Skynyrd/ZZ Top rip-off. Legends is a new, hard-driving, Fort Worth/Granbury-based metal outfit that sounds a little like Pantera/Damageplan but is a lot more willing to dip into classic rock, mainly to pay homage to the lost art of the Big Riff. There may be no other North Texas metal act that more capably unites hardcore’s most winning attributes with those from good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. The pairing of huge, speedy guitars and huge, speedy drums with guttural vocals (here, from frontman John Storm) is pure hardcore. The occasionally swingin’, occasionally melodic, and always inventive guitar lines and beats call to mind a metaphoric love child of Led Zeppelin and Metallica.

Take Legends’ “Payback”: The rhythm section is right on. Jerod, the mononymic drummer, plays a steady, straightforward beat, his right hand jack-hammering a floor tom and his left popping the snare (boomboomTAPb’boomboomTAP). Ben and Quinn, the mononymic guitarists, deliver a steady, straightforward, simple riff that consists of a repeatedly pounded open E-string on which two different notes are fretted a few beats apart. Heavy-metal swing? I can’t think of what else to call it.

On their web site, the guys put it this way: “We think if you like it, and it grooves, then listen to it no matter what any magazine, radio, or trendy-ass television host tells you.” As for what a trendy-ass alt-weekly tells you (a-hem), pay close attention. —

Fri with Dirt Merchant at the Wreck Room, 3208 W Seventh St, FW. 817-348-8303.


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