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Released: 2005, Independent
With almost 3 years under their belts Endangered Reign has unleashed its 2nd full length disc and again asserted that Traditional Metal is indeed alive and well in the United States. Though the genre might be underground even in metal circles, Endangered Reign could care less. They struggle on creating the music that is near and dear to their metal hearts.
“Surreal” kicks of the disc with the appropriately heavy intro that emphasizes the bands traditional metal attack combined with their penchant for the odd old school thrash moment. This track is also a contender for best song on the disc. “Desert Island” shows the band sneaking in a much more powermetal oriented approach along with something new. The new aspect is the addition of the slow, atmospheric passages that really throw their straight forward approach to most of their music into sharp contrast. “In Due Time” is solid in its mid tempo march that makes this writers head bang uncontrollable. It is here that the band finds their groove and is most effective.
Endangered Reign has at its core their Mission to create music that is uncompromising, music that doesn’t follow the trends and rely on gimmicks to get its message across. They most certainly have stayed true to their vision. Unborn Legacies certainly delivers 9 songs that do not follow the trends of the day. That being said, when I reviewed the bands first CD I pointed out the need for an upgrade in the vocal department. Marc Ridenour does an adequate job but to take this band to the next Endangered Reign really need to acquire vocalist with a stronger more powerful voice. That being said, its great to see the band release their second CD which I am sure is only the start of many more to some.
Temple of Reason
In Due Time
Andean Gryphus (Instrumental)
Brian Newman (Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals)
Marc Ridenour (Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Lead Vocals)
Karl Seitz (Bass & Drums)
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