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Interview von: arne mit Alex Heiberger, am: 13.01.2014 ]

Von der Highschool direkt in den Tour-Van. Diesen Sprung haben die Jungspunde von LEGION gewagt, die mit „Woke“ ihr Debüt vorlegen. Die zehn Songs zwischen Deathcore und Extrem-Metal sind nichts für schwache Gemüter, denn das Quintett aus Columbus teilt beinhart und unnachgiebig aus.


Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of Legion when the band came to be. Has that intention / the spirit changed until today? What kind of philosophy is the basis for what you are doing with your band?

Legion: Chris and I (Alex) had been in bands together since we were in Middle School. When we started playing as Legion we just wanted to write heavy/angry music and not give a shit what anybody thought. We just wrote the music we wanted to play/hear and when people started listening to it we were stoked!

Musicscan: What is it for you guys to be called a deathcore band - is it somehow annoying or fine with you? It think extreme metal with a core edge would fit better…

Legion: I mean, yeah, we hate that label. But it is what it is. It's just a way for people to label what we do, but what we do is play heavy metal music. We've cultivated our own genre name... Dad Slam. Or Stoner Crust. We just like to describe our sound as Heavy Metal, but to the people that need an in-depth genre title for bands there you go. DAD SLAM! For the dads in the crowd drinking beers, smoking joints, and slamming their fucking feet. m/

Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the metal scene as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the metal heroes you grew up with did before Legion were around?

Legion: We're just happy to be in the music scene. Hopefully one day we can influence other artists like the ones that influenced us.

Musicscan: Looking on extreme metal in general you can find lots of sub-scenes and styles, the metal underground is changing all the time. Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have with Legion?

Legion: There's a lot of bands our sound/message is often compared to, such as The Acacia Strain, Oceano, Whitechapel, etc. I think our message connects with all of the bands that are in the realm of music.

Musicscan: What sets Legion apart from others style-wise? You gained some attention lately so there has to be something. How do you feel about it?

Legion: I think what sets us apart is the energy/power we try to bring live and on recording. Also, we are kind of young (21-22) so the younger crowd can relate to the struggles/situations we write about. It's super cool that we're getting attention though. There are so many rad bands out there that never get heard. It's just cool people are hearing our music.

Musicscan: What was the biggest and the most primary reason you got into heavy and aggressive music? Has this reason changed over time? How do you stay motivated with what you are doing, and how do you make sure to develop?

Legion: We just decided to play music that would allow us to release what we have inside. A lot of what we have inside is anger. Some of us in the band have short tempers and let small things piss us off. Some of us let the anger build. But at the end of the day when we step on stage all 5 of us are mad about something and we try to leave it on that stage.

Musicscan: The style Legion is playing finds separation through passion and honesty. It's well balanced, brutal and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. What is your attitude towards metal in general and towards being Legion in particular?

Legion: A lot of metal bands out there are great! But, it takes certain characteristics to set a band apart. We're just happy that as Legion we stand out to people that enjoy metal!

Musicscan: Do you feel that Legion has found its “own” sound already or is it still evolving?

Legion: I think with 'Woke" we found our style. But, it was a transition for us, so it's not perfect. With the material we've slowly started preparing for a new record we've perfected that sound!

Musicscan: To me it seems that you are not willing to take compromises into consideration at all when it comes to the sound of Legion, right?

Legion: I mean, there are always compromises, but we try to do what we want/what we like because that's why we started this band.

Musicscan: Do you still have to deal with limitations when it comes to the songwriting or are you in a position to realize all the ideas you have?

Legion: The only limitations we ever run into is time. We have the freedom to write and create whatever we want, but as a touring band you can only sit down and write as a band when you're home. It's hard to write on the road when you're in a noisy venue or a cramped van and it's hard to find time to write when you're home since you don't get to be very often so you spend all your time with family and friends. Time is definitely the biggest limitation.

Musicscan: And do you tend to write your songs in segments, which you then piece together, or do you project an entire composition from a single melody?

Legion: A lot of times we'll have 1:30 of a song written and we'll take those parts and structure the rest of the song, and it will all come together from there.

Musicscan: Musically and lyrically Woke seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a “reflected” vibe. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?

Legion: We just want the audience to stop being afraid of anger. Your whole lives your taught to do this, told to do that, forced to go here, put in line to go there. It's not fun and we know a lot of you are angry about it. So if listening to the record or watching our show live, for 30 minutes, let that anger out.

Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Woke?

Legion: 'Woke' is just our wake up call to real life. Getting out of school, moving into a van, traveling and seeing the world for what it is. That's what 'Woke' is for us.

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