For the majority of Legion of Boom, echoes of the Method’s signature style of breakbeat and big beat unleashes rapidly from left-to-right with multiply screening of friends to assist the foundation to what embodies “Legion of Boom.” Rapper Rahzel leads the pack with three, while Limp Bizkit’s former lead guitarist Wes Borland contributes his low-n-high end of devastating riffs. Followed closes by Ska-Key and Lisa; while John Garcia and Milla Jovovich appears only once (which the latter I was disappointed to see that she only appears once while Rahzel and Borland combine for six).
The introduction that begins the album is a seminal opener. “Starting Over” builds slowly and surely I believed that somehow The Crystal Method have grown up; and then it hits me – and it hits me hard as the first single, “Born Too Slow” shops up a slick and dirty guitar riff courtesy of Wes Borland; thrashing beats and the raw vocals of John Garcia race the track deeper and heavier as the seconds run by. The album jump-starts very early with massive influence with heavy, heavy metal theatrics. The percussive channel that is recognized on “The American Way” sees Rahzel donating the first of his three-part donation to The Crystal Method. Rahzel, one of hip hops most amazing beat-boxers and free forming lyricist shows here. Rapping about the ‘American Way,’ he somehow throws in a joke about American Idol.
The gem of the album belongs to Supermodel/Actress/Musician Milla Jovovich who continues to blow my mind with how much talent this girl has. Her ethereal voice in “I Know It’s You” is unsettling as it evokes haunting pictures of the moonlight. Just her moans alone raise the goosebumps off my neck. Somehow I get the same dreams that I do from listening to the Requiem for A Dream soundtrack. It’s subtle and exquisite in every good way possible.
The trippy sounds of “Broken Glass” messed up with what seems like part two of “Born Too Slow,” comes in the fashion of “Weapons of Mass Distortion.” The chaos continues as the riff-conscious track disperses shattering breaks. It seems that the lack of showcasing with Limp got Wes to release all the trigger-happy madness that has been bottling up since his departure. The final moments belong to Lisa and Sha-key. The intensity of “Wide Open” and “High and Low” propels the album drifting into space.
Started as producers, then growing as a live techno act, Jordan and Kirkland has now fully amalgamated with rappers, rock stars, and a supermodel to create a lavish hybrid of sound to appeal to both fans of trendy electronica and hardcore faithful. Staying true to their strengths, the new album will please many fans. Going from extremes – Legion of Boom packs enough nocturnal treasures and psychedelic storms that Jordan and Kirkland have been known for. With techno leading the way, American audiences welcomed “Vegas” as the quintessential party record that redefined what dance music was and can be. Mainstream America, always the late boomer to embrace new sounds will once again term electronica as ‘cool.’
01. Starting Over featuring Rahzel
02. Born Too Slow featuring Wes Borland/John Garcia
03. True Grit
04. The American Way featuring Rahzel
05. I Know It’s You featuring Milla Jovovich
06. Realizer featuring Lisa/Jon Brion
07. Broken Glass featuring Wes Borland
08. Weapons of Mass Distortion featuring Wes Borland
09. Bound Too Long featuring Ska-Key
10. Acetone featuring Rahzel
11. High and Low featuring Lisa
12. Wide Open featuring Sha-key
Sat / 20 Mar 2004