This past Friday (4th), Legion of the Damned released their first album in five years with Slaves of the Shadow Realm via Napalm Records (order here). To celebrate the record’s arrival we spoke to the group on their latest effort and you can read the discussion below:
First off, welcome back. What happened between 2014’s Ravenous Plague to now, with Slaves of the Shadow Realm?
We just took a longer time off from recording yet still playing shows, did a latin american tour and an asian tour and of course supported our previous album with a tour with Sepultura. We slowly started writing new songs but kept also on postponing the studio, so we ended up in 5 years!
Was the process for the new album different than your prior efforts?
No! Actually for Ravenous Plague we took more time in studio. We are a well oiled machine, once we are in the studio we know what we want and what to do, this way we never spend more than 2,5-3 weeks in studio. Even our first albums like Malevolent Rapture or Feel the Blade were recorded around 10 days, recording and mixing.
What are some of the lyrical themes?
“Slaves of the Shadow Realm” refers to those who walk the path of adversity towards the organized “white light” religions. The lyrics all deal with various aspects of the Shadow Realm, which ranges from left hand path occultism, demonology, carnal indulgence and anti religious hatred, to “narco satanism” and disciples of the gods of war.
Do you have any touring plans you can reveal?
Nope, so far only festivals confirmed like Wacken, Summer Breeze and Graspop
How would you summarize 2018?
An inspirational year!!
Which album was the most challenging for you to make?
Mm…they were equal all together, sometimes songs have more lyrics than others or more difficult words, that’s more challenging, but thats on every album so there is not really an album that sticks out. However When we recorded Cult of the Dead after successful albums like Sons of the Jackal and Malevolent Rapture, the pressure is higher than other albums.
For fun, if you could turn any of your albums into a movie, which one would it be?
Maybe Cult of the Dead or the new album, the lyrics are very interesting to make a movie out of it.
Anything else you’d like to add about the album?
I would suggest people should check it out, its aggressive, melodic (for Legion’s style at least haha) and straightforward!