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Signatura Rerum
The Legend 1
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 1/18/2018
Hard to classify black metal that genuinely surprised me
'The Legend' by Signatura Rerum was an incredibly fun listen as it caught me by surprise with what it had in store for me as well as all the elements that made the album hard to peg to one specific genre. The band use a formula of an instrumental track followed by a full song except for the final two tracks where that formula is flipped. What really stood out to me is the diverse sounds that the band use throughout 'The Legend'. You get moments where the band sounds like they are churning through a song that Immortal would have written in their heyday and then you are whisked over to a passage that is reminiscent of early-era Opeth when they were on Candlelight Records. The vocals are a great mix of black metal and clean and both are done quite well. I find myself returning to this album, unable to break the spell that it has cast over me with its icy, yet welcoming sounds.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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