Eonian Records is a boutique record label based out of Indiana that specializes in obscure hard rock and metal bands from the late ‘80s and ‘90s. The label recently released a self-titled CD by a band called LEGACY. Culled from recording sessions in 1988 and 1989, the Columbus, OH act cited bands like Dokken and the Scorpions as their prime influences, and the material here certainly proves that. Vocalist Doug Meacham possesses an ideal voice for Legacy’s songs – clear in its delivery yet punchy when the moments call for it. Take the track “It’s Real,” where Meacham delivers the lyrics with the kind of balance of grit and melody that fans of this kind of style go crazy for.
Guitarists Matt Rice and Fred Blanchard lay down a flurry of tasty riffs that brings to mind George Lynch and Akira Takasaki (Loudness) at times. Though the songs were recorded back when many guitarists often overplayed through their material, Rice and Blanchard smartly put their emphasis on melody and composition. Their guitar performances serve the songs, rather than the other way around.
Legacy was a Christian band, and they admittedly were fans of Stryper, and when you hear the poppy “Forever in Your Arms,” you’ll definitely hear the resemblance. Luckily, Legacy’s strong songwriting overcomes any hints of unoriginality. It’s the kind of album that has a giant hook around every corner. Though the group never managed to land a deal with a major label during their run, it wasn’t for a lack of worthy material.
Label: Eonian Records
Buy the CD at this link.
By Carlos Ramirez