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Album Review: White Bat by He Is Legend

American hard rock act He Is Legend release their sixth album White Bat on 28th June via Spinefarm Records. “We’re a rock band at the heart of it all,” exclaims frontman Schuylar Croom. “We live for the hour on stage every night. Right now, we have this newfound positivity when it comes to our music and group. We’re really inspired. We pulled a gem out of two years on the road, ups, downs, and crazy things going on.”

“Matt, Adam, and I have been in a band for upwards of 17 years,” the vocalist continues. “Jesse and I have become the fastest of friends in the past three years. Everybody brings what they bring to the table. Nobody worries about what one ingredient is going to do to the dish. They all work together. This is super He Is Legend. It sounds like a mixture of all of our albums together. It has a moodiness and heaviness we haven’t ventured into in a while. It’s conceptual. More than the content and concept, the music is representative of what we are now.”

It’s definitely the heaviest material the band have put out in years. There’s a raw vitality and energy to the band that somehow manages the marry the catchy heaviness of Every Time I Die and the aggression of Pantera. On the concept of the album, “White Bat is a moniker for this fictional killer,” Croom admits. “It’s his calling card. The name has a ring of finality to it, which I dug. It came out of nowhere. It sums up this era of He Is Legend, which is in-your-face—dare I say Far Beyond Driven-style—but still rock ‘n’ roll. The character is battling his own demons and trying to figure out if his life is being led through fantasy, or if he’s actually doing these things. On the other side of the coin, a White Bat is a rare breed. That’s as much as I’ll say about the concept.”

As the band say, this is the sound of He Is Legend at their purest, their most real and it shines through on every track. While you could have been forgiven for thinking previous He Is Legend material was formulaic, White Bat breaks free of expectation and delivers the album the band always had in them. ‘Burn All Your Rock Records’ is churningly heavy, with ‘Talking Shelter’ and ‘Resister, Resist Her’ taking on an Alice In Chains style hard rock groove. Delicious at every turn.

AD Rating 7.5/10

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