LEGION OF WOLVES "Bringers Of The Dark Sleep”
/Metal Scrap Records/

Tracklist:

1. Bringers of the Dark Sleep 04:49
2. You Shall Know 04:07
3. Grond (Hammer of the Underworld) 03:02
4. Brothers of Fury and Iron 05:56
5. Plague of the Immortal 05:11
6. Forged in Fire and Combat 05:12
7. Summon the Elite 04:37
8. Sorrow Made Madness 04:55
9. Obsidian 03:54
10. Heavy Mass of Murder 04:53

Total playing time: 46:56

 
                                             

 

 

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Slowly We Rot 12 2018 coverDublin based combo Legion of Wolves was founded back in 2009 yet this is just their debut album, 9 years into their existence, quite delayed I'd say especially since they had only a couple of line-up changes along the way. Anyway, Bringers of the Dark Sleep presents us 10 tracks clocking a bit over 45 minutes of playing time, enough to make yourselves a clear idea on the band and its music. This is Death Metal, not the old-school type, sinister and terrifying, but a new(er) type, more polished, more epic, with plenty of melodic inserts yet keeping things powerful and manly, reminding me of Amon Amarth but without the Viking influence though. Some tracks (like Summoning the Elite for example) are more brutal then other keeping a traditional Death Metal feeling intact, offering also some fast and demolishing structures as well, so don't think of the "melodic" touch as being prevalent in this work, on the contrary, the album is quite brute and aggressive, yet it's a bit more polished than what fans of the traditional way of this genre are used to. I'd say the highlight of this album in terms of production (which is really good!) is the bass line, very upfront, as brutal and metallic as possible, being a serious pillar in LoW's music. An enjoyable debut album that has the ability to please both die-hard fans of the genre and newcomers at the same time.

8/10
Slowly We Rot #12/2018

Dublin based combo Legion of Wolves was founded back in 2009 yet this is just their debut album, 9 years into their existence, quite delayed I'd say especially since they had only a couple of line-up changes along the way. Anyway, Bringers of the Dark Sleep presents us 10 tracks clocking a bit over 45 minutes of playing time, enough to make yourselves a clear idea on the band and its music. This is Death Metal, not the old-school type, sinister and terrifying, but a new(er) type, more polished, more epic, with plenty of melodic inserts yet keeping things powerful and manly, reminding me of Amon Amarth but without the Viking influence though. Some tracks (like Summoning the Elite for example) are more brutal then other keeping a traditional Death Metal feeling intact, offering also some fast and demolishing structures as well, so don't think of the "melodic" touch as being prevalent in this work, on the contrary, the album is quite brute and aggressive, yet it's a bit more polished than what fans of the traditional way of this genre are used to. I'd say the highlight of this album in terms of production (which is really good!) is the bass line, very upfront, as brutal and metallic as possible, being a serious pillar in LoW's music. An enjoyable debut album that has the ability to please both die-hard fans of the genre and newcomers at the same time.

8/10
Adrian (Pest Webzine)

Rock Hard 374Bei LEGION OF WOLVES – und zwar nicht dem niederländischen Fascho- Gesocks, sondern den gleichnamigen Iren (wäre das nicht schon Grund genug für eine Umbenennung?) – rödeln Musiker, die unter anderem bei den Krachmaten Abaddon Incarnate aktiv waren. Ähnlich brachial gehen sie auch hier vor, allerdings hat ihr Death Metal noch etwas thrashige Mäßigung abbekommen und wird gelegentlich doomig vorgetragen. Somit wird man nicht permanent von Blastbeats überrollt, sondern „Bringers Of The Dark Sleep“ kann mit Abwechslung dienen.

7/10
STEFAN GLAS (Rock Hard #374)

This band was formed in 2009 in Dublin. Two band members have native (for me) names and surnames, but I do not have information about their relationship with Poland.
“Bringers of the Dark Sleep” is their first serious release. Earlier they released two demos in the world. The album has an interesting graphic design, using the image of the mythical Athena and other iconographic motifs of ancient Greece. Thanks to the skillful selection of colors and artistic skills, the visual side of album works on the imagination and it encourages you to listen to the musical material. And the style that the Irish quartet presented on its debut album is brutal death metal.
However, the message of the Wolf Legion does not convince me in whole. The tracks are varied in character. Apart from the aggressive ones there are also calmer, like “You Shall Know”, which is metrical, dignified (although it is still death metal). Whereas “Sorrow Made Madness” emanates darkness. The guitarists and the bassist are efficient musicians, but not on a virtuoso level. Almost every track has an interesting solo. The drummer in many moments gives shows of his skills. The vocalist shout up and make growling in an expressive and varied way, sometimes with a good complementary of second vocal. Unfortunately, apart from well-composed and made songs, there are a few weaker ones. The successful one is the title track. It starts with the sound of a burning bonfire and mysterious sounds, then comes aggressive death metal with a galloping rhythm of great drummer and with a large variation of tempos and melody. And in addition with two interesting guitar solos for this. At all times with thrilling dynamics. However, e.g. “Brothers of Fury and Iron” has the features of good, “not extreme” death metal, but as a whole it is monotonous and tiring.
My opinion is that the band’s slower songs come out worse than the fast, aggressive ones. Irish people should improve composing slower songs or concentrate on brutality. I will also add that even in those successful fragments of the album is lack of some element of originality, something that would distinguish the horde from Dublin. All in all the album is satisfactory, but there is still a lot of work for the Irish people.

7/10
Livius Pilavi (http://www.metalcentre.com)

This Ireland-based death metal band is admittedly delivering music with next to no originality and many an average riff. Having said that, this type of ‘bread and butter’ death metal has become as scarce as brain cells in the brain of voters down in Kansas/Oklahoma/Hungary/Poland/Russia/toilet or wherever and is almost welcome just by its very nature.
Legion Of Wolves is seven parts Benediction, two parts Vader and one part At The Gates and goes nowhere near keyboards, flute or the odd clean vocals, which is music to Metallian Towers’ ears. The sound and production are solid, if unadventurous, the vocals deep and ravaging and varying speeds from slow to mid and fast are strewn throughout the songs. The better songs are like Plague Of The Immortal where the band adds horrific screams and blasts away. Summoning The Elite is so titled for a reason. The song ends on a very fast note. Forged In Fire And Combat is also fast and brutal. The vocals go deeper and the melody is memorable. Singer Krzysztof can do the deep death gargling vokills at will and occasionally does. Brothers Of Fury And Iron came earlier and has a buried riff that is nicked from At The Gates’ Nausea. It is quite good. The semi lead guitar works here. The band does add that chugging bass sound listeners are aware of here and there.
These guys throw the word ‘legion’ out often and apparently mean it. That and the above review should paint a good picture of what this album is all about.

70/100
Ali “The Metallian” (http://metallian.com)

Legion of Wolves is a relatively new Irish death metal band. Formed by former members of the grindcore band Abbadon Incarnate, the project released demos in 2012 and 2014 and have now graced us with their first full-length, entitled Bringers of the Dark Sleep. Legion of Wolves may have been formed with the intent of paying homage to old school death metal, but Bringers of the Dark Sleep is a decidedly more modern take on the genre.
Don’t get me wrong, there are touches of old school death metal here and there to Bringers of the Dark Sleep, including some punky riffs and drum patterns that are reminiscent of Swedeath, but overall the band has shifted styles from the demos. There is a greater emphasis on big, groovy riffs and catchy melodies and choruses, combined with a clean, polished production that made me think of Kataklysm and Hypocrisy’s recent output, which is sort of amusing since the band’s ancient Roman lyrical themes brings to mind Ex Deo.
That being said, Legion of Wolves is not a clone of Maurizio Iacono’s projects. They have a few things working in their favor that help Legion of Wolves stand out. One is Krzysztof Kostepski’s vocals; he’s a tremendous vocalist for this style of melodic death metal; again, Hypocrisy is a good starting point, although Kostepski is a little deeper than Tägtgren has been on the last couple Hypocrisy albums, but he has a similar manic, unhinged quality that gives the album much of its identity. It helps that the vocal melodies are immediately catchy too.
In terms of riffs, Bringers of the Dark Sleep alternates between mid-paced stompers and more up-tempo Swedish-influenced moments. The drums are tight and precise and Bringers of the Dark Sleep definitely has a vigorous, energetic vibe that is infectious.
The album does have some slight flaws. One is that Kostepski’s vocals, while impressive, are too upfront. There aren’t really many instrumental breaks to Bringers of the Dark Sleep, which is unfortunate because there are some interesting leads on the album that I wish had a little more time to shine. My other gripe with the album concerns the title track; it’s easily my favorite on the album. The band comes storming out of the gates and it’s a great representation of what Legion of Wolves is going for, but the rest of the album can’t quite match its intensity or quality. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a modern melodic death metal band, give Legion of Wolves a shot; Bringers of the Dark Sleep is a solid debut that packs plenty of energy and some quality songs.

7.5/10
Nathan Hare (http://www.metal-observer.com)

L113 00 UmschlagPrimordial sei Dank hat man ja eine seltsame Voreingenommenheit gegenüber Bands aus Irland und geht automatisch davon aus, dass sie genauso viel können wie die Truppe um unser aller Heiligtum, Alan Averill. Doch natürlich endet das beinah ebenso automatisch auch in tiefer Enttäuschung. Mit „Bringers Of The Dark Sleep“ liefern LEGION OF WOLVES ihr Debütalbum ab, das recht herkömmlichen Death Metal mit einigen rasanten Thrash-Anleihen bietet und auf einen antiken martialischen Hintergrund nicht verzichten will. Dass man beim Hören der zehn Tracks einfach immer wieder mit den Ohren abschweift und schon das Bedürfnis hat, zum Besen zu greifen und sich zu unterhalten, spricht kaum für die Kreativität der Songs – sicherlich wird hier wild gebollert, und wer gern antizipiert, kann auch gewaltig die Rübe schütteln, doch ein Song klingt wie der andere. Kein Moment will so recht zünden oder hervorstechen, und somit liefern LEGION OF WOLVES mit ihrem Erstling leider nur etwas ab, was schon hunderte vor ihnen präsentierten – klassisches Todesmetall-Geholze. Schlecht gemacht ist es nicht, und mit inbrünstiger Aggressivität dolchen die Burschen sich durch eine dreiviertel Stunde an Material, doch da nicht einmal die römische/griechische Thematik neu in dem Genre ist, reicht es hier leider nur zu einem recht gleichgültigen Durchschnitt.

7/15
ACS (Legacy #113)

LEGION OF WOLVES was formed in 2009 by Annatar and Jason Connolly both ex ABADDON INCARNATE members. They were looking to get a band together that would recapture the extreme style of the many bands they grew up with in the 80’s and 90’s. “Bringers of the Dark Sleep” is the bands first album from Metal Scrap Records, the follow up to the self-released ”Legio Lvporvm XIV” demo in 2014. The album starts out with an ominous fire crackling and a deep horn sound before jumping into “Bringers of the Dark Sleep”. The song starts out heavy with guitars and drums finding a melodic but extreme sound. The vocals are guttural growls that work well with the music. The song definitely reminds me of many of the extreme bands from the 80’s and 90’s.
“Grond” starts out a lot lighter than the first track, but it soon picks up the speed. The guitars and drums again come across heavy but melodic. This is a definite headbanging song. The vocals again are guttural and harsh, but they work well with the music around them. This song also at times pulls back and gives the listener some really nice guitar riffs and drum beats. This shows the true musicianship of the band where they can interweave these sounds in with the heavy and extreme music. “Plague of the Immortal” is a balls to the wall heavy song. The drums and guitars don’t let up from the beginning of the song. The band loses a little bit of the melodic sound for the heavy sound, but it is still a good song. The vocals take on a layering effect in this song that gives them an otherworldly sound which gives the whole song a more eerie sound.
“Summon the Elite” is another straight up heavy and extreme song. Honestly, I enjoy the songs where the band pulls back and allows themselves to be more melodic. This song like the one before loses that melodic sound when they try to get extremely heavy. There are instances that it comes back, but I think the whole song would have been better with more melody. They band ends the album with “Heavy Mass of Murder”. This song starts out more slowly and somber than the other tracks before finding its footing and kicking in. This song is a good one to wrap up the album, it a good example of the bands ability to be heavy and melodic at the same time. There are points in the song they lose that because they are trying to go more extreme but overall, it’s a good song.
I enjoyed “Bringers of the Dark Sleep” album. It was a good throwback to the extreme heavy bands of the 80’s and 90’s. I do wish the band would focus more on the melodic sound than trying to be straight up extreme. The songs that they do this I found more enjoyable than the really heavy songs. I am interested to see what the band does in the future.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

7/10
Bradley Karr (http://www.metal-temple.com)

Bringers Of The Dark Sleep is the debut full-length album by the Irish/Polish death metal band, Legion of Wolves. Combining the finest elements of old school death metal fused with a modern crushingly heavy production. The album was released on November 17th 2017 via Metal Scrap Records.
Don’t mess with Legion of Wolves, they’ll tear of your face. The title track, You Shall Know and Grond (Hammer of the Underworld) are feral songs, Guitars that crackle & lash out, vocals that spit acid & drumming loud enough to bust skulls. Legion of Wolves have little time for playing around. They’re only interested in delivering their intense death metal message in the most brutalising way possible. Sharing as much in common with the likes of Lamb of God as they do with early Decapitated. Brothers of Fury and Iron bring a wickedly high level of head-banging groove, Forged in Fire and Combat is heavy enough to rend the flesh from your bones, Sorrow Made Madness is a crusty sore of pus-filled fury and Obsidian is confirmation that Brings of the Dark Sleep is a damn fine death metal release. Legion of Wolves aren’t bringing anything new to the table but they are climbing on it & pissing on the fish with their attention grabbing blend of old school death & modern groove.

8.5/10
The Disc (GBHBL)

Rock Hard 44Z írskeho Dublinu sa o slovo prihlásil aktuálny debutant na  poli klasického death metalu a to kapela LEGION OF WOLVES. Keďže som dostal k dispozícii iba veľmi chabé promo-materiály, musím si vypomôcť svojím nevšedným umom a  ďalšími internetovými zdrojmi. V  promo-materiáloch je kapela označovaná ako írsko-poľská a je tvorená tromi Írmi a dvomi Poliakmi. Kapela datuje svoj vznik do roku 2009, pričom do súčasnej doby okrem debutu vyprodukovala dve demo nahrávky „Mark Of The Legion“ z roku 2012 a „Legio Lvporum XIV“ z roku 2014. Z týchto prvotín sa však žiadna skladba na debutovom albume neobjavila, takže kapela stavila na úplne čerstvé nápady. Aktuálnych desať skladieb, ktoré tvoria „Bringers Of The Dark Sleep“, je tematicky zameraných na vojnu, násilie a prirodzenosť smrti ako takej, no nájdeme tu i texty, ktoré sa zaoberajú a rozoberajú mytológiou a mizantropiu. Celkovo LEGION OF WOLVES produkujú death metal starej školy s veľmi jemným moderným dotykom. V ich tvorbe nájdeme kombinácie ťažkých a ničivých pasáží so zlomyseľnými melódiami, zúrivosť a extrémnu sluchovú agresiu. Promo-materiály okrem iného stroho defi nujú (ale zato výstižne) tento album ako „soundtrack pre Aresa“ a povinnosť pre fanúšikov death metalu a  predovšetkým kapiel BOLT THROWER, VOMITORY, UNLEASHED, ASPHYX atď. A ja môžem s týmto iba súhlasiť, azda snáď by som ešte doplnil k vzorom či inšpirácii staršiu tvorbu holandskej vojnovej mašiny GOD DETHRONED.

4,3/5
KREMATOR (Rock Hard #44)

This is the debut from Irish LEGION OF WOLVES after two demos. This is old school death metal with a modern twist. Or so the promo sheet says. Today everything seem to be old school. Why not just leave it a being death metal. Sure, when I listen to this memories from the past keep popping up but that I just because this is that good that it sparks memories. If you like your death metal full of cool guitar solos and perhaps not so extreme (easy listening) you will like this. This is mid-tempo with a groove. The stuff that is easy to get into and once in it will not let go of your head. It totally infects you. This is a really cool album that I’m gonna let spin after I am done here. Anders Ekdahl

4,5/5
ANDERS EKDAHL (http://battlehelm.com)

Legion Of Wolves was a black metal band from Rotterdam / The Netherlands whom changed their name to Dark Hammer now, but Legion Of Wolves is also an Irish / Polish band that is active since 2009. The band debuted with the ‘Mark Of The Legion’ demo (2012), followed by ‘Legio Lvporvm XIV’ (demo, 2014). Now their first full-length ‘Bringers Of The Dark Sleep’ sees the light of day. It was released through Metal Scrap Records. So far the label never failed to convince me with their releases.
Also ‘Bringers Of The Dark Sleep’ doesn’t disappoint me. Legion Of Wolves plays great pounding death metal that takes me back to the early nineties when the mighty Deicide, Cancer and Incubus (a.k.a. Opprobrium) ruled the stages. I find this kind of music kind of refreshing although this has been done a million times before, but Legion Of Wolves just knocks me over with ‘Bringers Of The Dark’. This is just fine genuine death metal made with heart and soul. Killer tunes, killer band! Do check ‘em out fvckers!

83/100
Koen B. (Lords Of Metal)

Legion of Wolves is a modern-day Death Metal quintet hailing from Ireland. They have been around since 2009 and have released two Demos so far. Their first ever Full-length release will carry the title Bringers of the Dark Sleep and will see the light of day at the beginning of the new year.
Now, due to my employment here at Metal Revolution, I was given the chance to cheat a little bit, and give the record a spin. Then another one. As well as a third. Not to mention one more for good measure.
I will admit that it has been a while since I came across a Death Metal album that really spoke to me. Usually I prefer the old-school Death Metal albums and bands, and as such I have not paid much attention to many of the newer bands of the genre. And Legions of Wolves have convinced me that this is something that I need to rectify.
Bringers of the Dark Sleep contains ten tracks with a running total of forty-six minutes, for the most part averaging at around four minutes per track. Each of these tracks are packed with energy, rage and raw power, expertly translated and relayed to the listener through gravelling, menacing growls, consistently relentless guitars, deeply distorted bas and ever-present drums.
In many ways Legion of Wolves have managed to take many of the aspects that I remember and love from their musical predecessors (such as simplicity, powerful and consistent rhythms and an overall feel of raw fury) and coupled these aspects with many approaches that I personally seem to see often these days (noticeably a cleaner sound and an overall faster pace throughout the album). The band has managed to do so rather seamlessly, creating an album that I find to both be in tune with the times as well as a nice throw-back to fans of the earlier bands.
As a whole, Legion of Wolves represents all the best aspects of their chosen genre, excellently transitioned into the 2010s. As such, it is an album that I will definitely recommend to all the fans out there of Obituary, Cannibal Corpse and the like. For me, this is a great album to add to my collection in the new year.
Sadly I was unable to find any links to any of their new tracks online, so instead I have added a link to the teaser trailer for the album – Not the most elegant solution I know, but still better than nothing.

Brian
85/100 (http://www.metal-revolution.com)

On those rare occasions when an album grabs you the throat and pins you against the wall you inevitably must play it again to check your faculties are still in the right place. The debut release by Dublin death metal outfit Legion Of Wolves is one such album. Dripping with the groove of Lamb Of god and a host of death metal outfits, Bringers Of The Dark Sleep seeps into your pores, infiltrating the soul and converting your heart to a brutal ball of blackness. The combined riffage of Arkaduisz Kupiszowski and Annatar interacts with all the confidence of a stadium level act, whilst the backbone of the band, drummer Jason Connolly and bassist Piotr is built more solidly than the All Blacks front row.

Up front the truly guttural rasp of vocalist Chris adds the finishing touches. The album really is a stomping beast, from the opening title track, the sheer power of Grond (Hammer Of The Underworld), a reference to the mighty hammer wielded by Morgoth in Middle Earth and also the name of the 100ft long Orc battering ram used to breach Gondor and the sheer infectious channels on Plague Of The Immortal, complete with demolition drums and a demonic vocal performance. There really is no hiding place from the onslaught, the vicious riffs which peel out of your speaker on each track grab you tightly alongside the unearthly growls and snarls of Chris. Not that you’d want to hide. A storming debut.

9/10
MBlade (http://musipediaofmetal.blogspot.ie)

Legion Of Wolves are a band from Ireland that plays an old school form of death metal and this is a review of their album "Bringers Of The Dark Sleep" which will b e released in 2018 by Metal Scrap Records.
Sounds of war start off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction while the vocals are mostly death metal growls and screams along with the faster sections of the songs bringing in a great amount of blast beats as well as the music being very heavily rooted in the Swedish style.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the songs bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's as well as one of the songs also bringing in a small amount of clean playing.
Legion Of Wolves plays a style of death metal that is very old school in the Swedish tradition, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and violent themes.
In my opinion Legion Of Wolves are a very great sounding old school death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Bringers Of The Dark Sleep" "Brothers Of Fury And Iron" "Sorrow Made Madness" and "Heavy Mass Of Murder".

8/10
OccultBlackMetal (The True Bringer Of Death Zine)

Front Cover 21LEGION OF WOLVES “Bringers of the Dark Sleep” Metal Scrap Records, 2017 Ирландская группа, с небольшим вливанием польской крови, после двух демонстрационных лент выпускает свой дебютный альбом. Сразу хочу похвалить группу и лейбл за красочный отличный буклет. Также отмечу отличный продакшн альбома. Качество записи инструментов, сведения и мастеринга на самом высоком уровне. Играют ирландцы дэз метал и опираются на старую школу, а суперкачественная запись осовременивает их стиль. Лейбл рекомендует их музыку поклонникам Bolt Thrower, Unleashed, Vomitory, Pestilence, At the Gates и Asphyx. Т.е. практически любому поклоннику европейского дэза. Я основное сравнение провел бы с недавно возродившимися голландцами GOD DETHRONED. Попадание в вокал практически 100%, а в музыке тоже очень много схожего. Единственно, что голландцы, более запоминаются своей музыкой. Это, в общем-то, и есть главный минус данного альбома. За супероформлением и суперзаписью скрывается достаточно ровный материал. Впрочем, для дебютного альбома этого более чем достаточно.

8/10
Neophyte (ATMOSFEAR #21)

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