If there was a way I could shake my head in disappointment over the internet and have it shown in this review I would. I honestly would. He is Legend's Suck Out The Poison... man, I don't know how to describe it... let me lay it down like this:
given music m,
if m is incredible return "In-f**king-credible"
if m is not sh*t and is not similar to sh*t return "good"
if m is less than sh*t return "not that bad"
if m is equal to sh*t return "complete sh*t"
if m is worse than sh*t return "ERROR:DOES NOT COMPUTE"
...and lets just say that Suck Out The Poison is greater than sh*t and my little theorem just miscalculated itself into submission. I'm sorry, but I am really sick of unoriginal scream/country-heavy rock. Honestly, that is He Is Legend. Throw in a bit of poppy singing in here and there, and you get music almost as annoying as Avenged Sevenfold.
This album was one that I had been procrastinating on for quite a while. I felt that I needed to get a good feel for things. I listened about five times through, thinking things weren't half bad, but after about sixteen and a third listens I shut down my computer in anger. This stuff is just too poppy to be considered metal. The typical screams and "deep" and repetitive riffs just get on your nerves after a while. And really, throwing in some semi-faster breaks in a song coupled with screams doesn't make you heavy, it makes you look like a band who is trying too hard to be heavy. See, usually I fall for this falsity of heaviness, only because in actuality it is truly heavy... this may be confusing but look at Trivium's Ascendancy and you'll get a bit of an idea*.
Talent-wise, this band is pretty much lacking. I mean, some bands depend on simplicity and non-technical riffage and such, but everything on Suck Out The Poison just plain sucks. The lyrics are pretty bland, the guitars try to be talented, the drums are nothing special, but really I think the vocals/lyrics are what ruin the album. As I said before, things get annoying.
In the end, it really comes down to presentation: what kind of band are you going to be? a heavy-rock band? a metal band? or a poppy "heavy-alternative" band? He is Legend really seems to be conflicted throughout all of Suck Out The Poison, and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone in need of a good CD.. maybe to a Nickelback fan or someone who is into that sh*tty sh*t...
ERROR:DOES NOT COMPUTE
*I used Trivium because, come on, Ascendancy wasn't a bad album... really...
Track Listing :
1. Dixie Wolf (The Seduction Of...)
2. Attack Of The Dungeon Witch
3. Suck Out The Poison
4. Mushroom River
6. China White II
7. Serpent Throat
8. Eletronic Throat
10. The Widow Of Magnolia
11. The Pot Bellied Goddess
12. Cannonball Hands (The Tomato Parade)
13. Goldie's Torn Locks