Hitting you with a diverse background of punk, metal, rock and hardcore, and gathering influences from everyone from Black Flag, Slipknotand Parkway Drive, Brit hardcorers, OF LEGIONS, are a towering, raw, and formidable group. Formed in 2015 in Stoke, the birthplace of Lemmy and childhood home of Slash, OF LEGIONS’ music can be described as loud, raucous and chaotic. The band have just dropped their riveting new single, Vision Of Misery, featuring Loathe’s Kadeem France. Watch the video for the track, here

 

OF LEGIONS have been busy since their inception and, to date, have crafted two EPs and a debut album, Face Value, which garnered strong support from Moshville, New Noise Magazine, Maximum Volume Music, and Pure Grain Audio. The foursome have also amassed quite a following and have now shared stages with the likes of Silent Screams, Liferuiner, Martyr Defiled, Continents, Brokencyde, and more recently with Sikthand Loathe. 2018 has been their busiest year yet with the release of their debut album.

Playing show after show, up and down the country, the energetic quartet have certainly honed their craft and gathered momentum for their new single, Vision of Misery. The new track is fast-paced, hard hitting, and aggressive, and lyrically reflects rather heavily on relatable modern social aspects. Influenced more specifically by While She Sleeps, Slipknot, Malevolence, andThe Fever 333, the single highlights the crew’s knack for delivering catchy guitar driven riffs, technical drum fills and heavy bass lines which, as Guitarist Sam relays: ‘combine to make an intense bombardment to the senses’. These hardcorers aren’t taking a break either. The Midlanders won’t stop writing and are aiming for more releases around the corner in 2019.  Stay tuned and watch them rise above the rest.

 

For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourselves tell us
a little bit about your band.
Of legions are a hardcore foursome from Stoke on Trent established in 2015.
Playing with the likes of Gideon, Desolated, Martyr Defiled and TRC the
foursome have shared the stages with some heavy hitters up and down the
country.

What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest? 
As a kid you unintentionally take in whatever your parents listen to, I
distinctly remember being driven to school and listening to Nirvanas
“nevermind” album that pointed me in a very versatile direction.

Who was the first album / single you purchased? 
Periphery :Self-Titled

When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
I think for most of us it was early teens 12/13

What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music
school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey? 
I remember taking guitar lessons every week at school and it just got to the
point where it was a different song to learn each week without any meaning
to the theory behind it. From there I just taught myself, a fond memory
would be playing a spring festival shortly after i started learning.

Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to
want to be a musician too? 
Jeff Ling, Sam Carter, Mick Thompson, Tom Morello.

Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from
your youth that made you want to be a musician? 
I remember hearing the solo to “stricken” by Disturbed and that changed
everything to me.

What was the best gig you’ve ever attended? 
The best gig I’ve ever attended was at Fever 333 first uk show. The amount
of energy and showman ship put into that performance was incredible.

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures? 
I wouldn’t say any particular guilty pleasures, anyone who says they don’t
like Abba is lying.

About Now: 

So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We’ve just finished our release of the track “Vision Of Misery.” Featuring
Kadeem France from loathe. We’ve had some really positive feedback from that
so far.

Where and when did you record it? 
With Sam Bloor at Lower lane Studios

How does the song writing process generally work for you? 
Typically the guitarist (Sam Morrey) will write the main structure of the
pieces and then flesh them out with drummer (Nath McCue) sometime whole
songs will get developed and if they’re not up to scratch they get recycled
and started again.

What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally &
beyond your local area? 
There is no one defined method of getting your music out there these days
for every one email you send there’s 10 or 20 people doing the exact same,
for us we’re lucky with our fan base but it took us a long time to build it
up.

What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in? 
The music scene in Stoke is really big at the minute there’s some really
talented artists making some great music, we’ve been on the scene for quite
some time now so our local shows are always memorable.

Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish
up and coming bands like yourself? 
There certainly are its just a case of finding them. Unfortunately over the
past few years there’s really been a lack of funding for such venues and as
such they stick to what makes money rather than take risks on newer bands.

What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get
better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft? 
People taking more or a chance on lesser known bands. It’s a difficult cycle
and as with anything it comes down to who you know and how much it’s going
to cost. It takes a hell of a long time these days to get noticed and even
then the market is so saturated your voice is already lost in the crowd
before you’ve began.

What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
To do as much yourself as physically possible. No one is ever going to care
as much about your music as you, the more you can have control of the
happier you’ll be and the more money you’ll ultimate make.

What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your
journey to date?
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to
adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
The biggest lesson on this journey is learning to be as adaptive as possible
in a very short space of time. Things can change very rapidly for better or
worse and a good contingency plan will make a huge difference. I think most
modern bands have had to adapt one way or another whether they realise it or
not.

Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc
enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a
hindrance?
With any new media you have to learn to adapt or get left behind, these days
it’s so easy for people to get 100s of bands in one click that they don’t
want to wait for your `coming soon.’ Everything is so immediate these days
that you can’t afford to be lazy the music industry has changed dramatically
since modern media and bands have had to catch up to this.

The Future: 

So moving forward what’s next for you?
We’ve hopefully got a few things in the pipeline but all being good we
should have new music heading your way mid 2019.

How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist? 
I think with every release you learn something new that you didn’t know
previously, be that song wise, live wise or other. I think this time round
we really thought about our moves way in advance before taking any steps.

Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind? 
We’d love to start playing more festivals and generally more dates in
Europe.

If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
Fever 333, Malevolence, knocked loose, Thy art is murder, Architects.
There’s a lot of really great bands out there really smashing the music
scene at the moment we’d love to play with some new faces.

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