At Buster’s Billiards and Backroom, Lexington, KY - March 24, 2012
My sweet daughter and her husband decided to treat me to a GWAR headlined show. Along with GWAR were three other bands on the bill. I arrived early and wandered around the venue, checking out the bands’ merchandise tables. I was familiar with two of the bands; GWAR and Municipal Waste. I had heard of Ghoul, but wasn’t familiar with their music. The first table had merchandise for a band called Legacy of Disorder. I talked to the guy, Dave, manning the table. He informed me the band was from New Zealand. He is an affable fellow and we chatted a bit before I cruised on outside to enjoy a smoke. Legacy of Disorder was to start the show off at 8 PM. It was about 10 minutes till 8 and I heard a blast of Metal music explode from within the venue without any warning. I quickly went inside, stopped at the Legacy of Disorder table and asked Dave, “Is this them?” He assured me it was them. I found a great place to stand where I could listen, take pictures and a complete video as well.
Legacy of Disorder performed a high energy set, although it was shorter than I would prefer. Vocalist James Robinson sings great Thrash vocals, rough, yet clear. He makes for a great front man. He looks tough, his voice is tough and their songs are tough as nails. Matt Thompson, formerly of King Diamond, is relentless is his drumming. Guitarist Rana Freilich keeps the crunching going with some great heartfelt licks interspersed throughout the songs. Bassist Jason Keill keeps Legacy of Disorder steady with his heavy bass lines, providing stability when Rana takes off on his screaming guitar solos.
It’s a tough job for a band to be the lead off act for any Metal show, and especially tough when the headliner is a band as entertaining and popular as GWAR. Legacy of Disorder performed spectacularly in the lead off position. By the time the band was nearing the end of the set they had a large part of the audience’s attention. In the short moment between the last two songs, James Robinson promised to kick us in the chest and that is what Legacy of Disorder did with their final song, Came to Fight. Like I said, the set was a bit short, only seven songs, and the crowd would have been reeling had the set been longer, because by the time the last song was being performed, concert goers were really getting into Legacy of Disorder’s style of Metal. I don’t know anyone who heard of this band before the night of the show. I’m sure there are some, like me, who won’t forget who Legacy of Disorder is, now.
In the time between their performance and the next band, Ghoul, I made my way to their merchandise table and purchased their two full release CD’s, “Legacy of Disorder” and their latest, “Last Man Standing”. Dave gave me a complimentary copy of their first single, “Break”. I wanted to know more about this band so I pushed my way through the crowd to the front door and moved around the side of the venue where the band was loading their equipment. I explained to the security guard who I was and who I was affiliated with and he graciously let me past and I met Rana Freilich. He gathered the rest of the members together and I took a group photo of them and Rana talked with me a bit and gave me a copy of the nights set list and the band’s email address.
Throughout the rest of the evening I had the opportunity to talk with Rana, James and Jason, as well as Dave. I got more pictures of them and Dave took photos of me and the band members using my camera. Rana let me choose a t-shirt and gifted me one of his guitar picks and one of Jason’s picks. James signed a personal autograph to me which reads: “To Cremated Survivor Live through the Ashes and Rise up!!!” I was not at all prepared to interview this band and it really wasn’t an interview. It was more of a chat with some really great and friendly guys. Here are some things I found out that night:
Rana has been playing guitar for 23 years. His father watched as he struggled to become successful in the music field and finally stepped in and became the general manager, allowing the band to concentrate more on their music. Rana is a great family man and is expecting his first child in August. Rana and Jason have been friends a long time and formed Legacy of Disorder, adding James Robinson on vocals shortly after. The band traveled to Texas to record their first album in 2008 and added Matt Thompson to the line-up once they arrived there. Jason is, as Rana told me, “the kind of guy who will hold down the fort for you”, a great friend. James and Rana enjoy the taste of Coors Light. That’s not my favorite beer, but I won’t hold their taste in beer against them. Legacy of Disorder would like to visit Canada and play some shows there. Hello! Promoters!! When I asked Jason what does he call their type of Metal, is it Thrash, what sub-genre? He simply stated, “It’s Metal.” And Metal it is!
Set List: Thorns Last Man Standing Tainted Path Break Hell Tonight March to Death Came to Fight