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Legioned Marcher - "Praise Thunder" (audio)

Crosses of fire,the wizard speaks his shame
On these holy places,he will play his game
Blackened by the magic,by a shielded christ
Feel the power glowing,hes blackened by the night.

Pre chorus:
See the light,feel an evil death feel pain
Try to hide,feel the evil change

Praise thunder,feel the power glowing
Praise thunder,only light that's showing

He looks into the future,his destiny foretold
He calls upon the power,the way that hes been shown
Thundering his magic,the sky turns to black
The hands that brought his power,have carried out his wrath

Pre chorus

His power has been denied,with power no longer strong
He calls upon his power,his destiny prolonged
Standing on the holy ground,he makes his final stand
He becomes the greatest wizard,with an evil wave of his hand

Pre chorus
Chorus (twice)

Ο δίσκος των Legioned Marcher 'Praise Thunder'
Οι όροι "χαμένο διαμάντι" ή "κρυφός θησαυρός" ή "θαμμένο μυστικό" και οι παρόμοιοι (για περιπτώσεις συγκροτημάτων ή δίσκων που πέρασαν απαρατήρητοι στην εποχή τους) χρησιμοποιούνται τόσο συχνά (και τόσο υπερβολικά) που έχουν μάλλον χάσει την (αρχική) σημασία τους. Νομίζω όμως ότι η περίπτωση των Legioned Marcher υπάγεται στις προαναφερθείσες κατηγορίες.

Αμερικάνικο heavy / power metal συγκρότημα από την Οκλαχόμα, το οποίο δραστηριοποιήθηκε την διετία 1986-87. Η συλλογή "Praise Thunder" θα κυκλοφορήσει την παραμονή των Χριστουγέννων και περιλαμβάνει τα δύο τραγούδια του "Demo 1987" και τέσσερα "ζωντανά" εκτελεσμένα τραγούδια από την παρθενική συναυλία της Αμερικάνικης μπάντας στις 12 Σεπτεμβρίου 1986 στο Diamond Ballroom...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Arkeyn Steel Records presents Legioned Marcher from Oklahoma, USA. Well you were never expecting an official release by this particular band, right? Well sometimes even the impossible becomes possible!

The band was formed in 1986 and split a few months later, on 1987: "We were a band less than a year...", bassist Rev. Jones recalls. During this very short period LEGIONED MARCHER have managed to record two of the most remarkable songs in the entire US Metal realm: "Praise Thunder" and "Under Fire".

Both those hymns were recorded and mixed in just 35 minutes on a local studio. The band did not have the cash to make an official demo release, so they just duplicated their two songs on tapes that were spread hand in hand around Oklahoma City.

We are in the mid -to late- 80s, when the actual core of a very important part of the US Metal underground, is born by such newcomers as Legioned Marcher, in rehearsal spaces, recording studios and smaller or bigger venues. Many of those bands would move forward to record and release albums that today are regarded as classics.

Legioned Marcher unfortunately did not make it, leaving behind just two recorded pieces of Metal history, their two demo songs. It took us many years to collect every single piece of audio and visual material that would justify an official release of the band's legacy.

Their two studio demo recordings have been remastered from the best possible source, shaping the main part of this release. We also managed to discover the band's entire debut live show at The Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK (September, 12th, 1986).

Two officially unreleased songs are featured on this particular live recording. The complete show (four songs in total) has been also remastered -by Kostas Scandalis at Infinity, Studio (Thessaloniki, Greece)- and added as bonus.

The original artwork that has been designed for the band by Larry Sutterfield is used for this release. Kostas Athanasoglou has restored the entire original drawing, practically saving the original band logo. Every single band photo that could be tracked down is used on the booklet and the lyrics of the two masterpieces are officially presented for the very first time.

After the band's split Rev. Jones continued his musical career participating in many other bands (Forte, Black Symphony, Steelheart, Michael Schenker Group etc), while vocalist Bill Dollins sang into "Division", the second album by the fellow metal citizens Forte.

Through this official release Arkeyn Steel Records does justice to one of the most talented US Metal bands out there. Their recordings speak for themselves and now you will have the chance to put them beside the classics on the shelf with the US Metal masterpieces. Thunder and fire are rising! Beware the Marcher! For fans of Early Queensrÿche (Queen Of The Reich era), Syrus, Vicious Rumors, Forte, Steel Prophet & Oliver Magnum!»

Band: Legioned Marcher
Country of origin: United States
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Status: Split-up
Formed in: 1986
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Years active: 1986-1987

Audio: "Praise Thunder"
Album: "Praise Thunder"
Type: Compilation
Release date: December 24th, 2021
Label: Arkeyn Steel Records
Format: CD
Limitation: 500 copies

Track listing:
1. Praise Thunder
2. Under Fire
3. Praise Thunder (live)
4. Under Fire (live)
5. Coming of the Storm (live)
6. InstruMetal (live)

➢ 1-2 Unreleased Demo 1987
➢ 3-6 Live Sep. 12th 1986

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