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Legion of The Damned


Maurice Swinkels (vocals)

Richard Ebisch (guitar)

Erik Fleuren (drums)

Harold Gielen (bass

Homebase: Netherlands


As the reigning Death Metal Editor here at the Twisted Hillbilly I do not usually like to cover many well known bands due to our goal of supporting unsigned bands. This month however I personally have gotten hooked on the vicious, metal sound of Legion of the Damned. This band is so fucking metal it makes me bleed out of my eyeballs if I listen to their latest album, Sons of the Jackal for over 5 minutes. The albums climax in my opinion is the overwhelming fury of Infernal Wrath, I have not heard a song this good since the halls of music were introduced to Reign in Blood. The band describes this song as having "sinster mind paced power" and I must agree. If you love metal, true skull pounding, fist clenching, horns up violence, then you should check this group out ole twisted ones!

And If you Don't Like It You Can Kiss My Mountain Cooled Hillbilly Ass!

Cecil Sizzlin













Legion of the Damned unleashed their first thrashing metal storm on 6. January 2006. “Malevolent Rapture” was an uncompromising slab of killer death/thrash reminiscent of the masters of the eighties packed in a modern killer sound by Andy Classen and received many killer reviews in the press. The band showed to be able to combine furious thrash mayhem with midpaced neckbreaking rhythms, translocating the realm of the eighties into the new millenium.


Since “Malevolent Rapture” the band has been destroying the stage on the No Mercy Festivals (a.o. Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm), Rock Hard Festival, Summerbreeze Festival, Up from the ground Festival, Wacken Open Air as well as a minitour in September 2006 with veterans Destruction in the Netherlands. During the No Mercy Festivals Harold Gielen joined the band on bass, increasing the ferocious power of this well-oiled warmachine on stage. Between the gigs the band was busy writing new songs for the next album.


Now the wait is over and Legion of the Damned return with “Sons of the Jackal” in January 2007, featuring ten songs that surpass the previous material… more dark, more violent and more diverse but still delivering the razorsharp riffing with utmost precisions, tight as hell drumming and hateful vocals, which sound even more menacing and vicious then before. The production by Andy Classen at Stage One Studio outdoes the job on the previous album. That Legion of the Damned know the tools of the trade is displayed in the violent hammering of ‘Son of the Jackal’, the devilish anthem ‘Diabolist’, the primitive stomping of ‘Death is My Master’, the sinister midpaced power of ‘Infernal Wrath’ or the fast Kreator style butchery in ‘Avenging Archangel’.