The British band Legend has been around for over two and a half decades. Except for some metallic guitar riffs and solos of the returned six-string expert Paul Thomson there is hardly any reference to modern sounds on their new album. And even these sound ingredients never gain the upper hand with the five seven to 18 minute long tracks. A comparison with Within Temptation or Nightwish is not even appropriate. The songs on "Spirit" live from the mostly high and powerful voice of singer Beck Sian, but also from Steve Paine's symphonically used keyboards. Mighty, almost sacred choir passages provide again and again for tension. Legends Sound always has something light and airy, sometimes even folky-medieval, although it always seems "over the top". Despite the length of the songs, every minute is packed with keyboard and vocal effects. Some of the latter are even reminiscent of Björk or Toyah. But Legend are most convincing when it comes to the most fragile and simple track..
Top track: Crossing Of The Ways