Abigail Williams start out their â€œLegendâ€ EP with â€œFrom the Buried Heartâ€. During this opening track, there seems to be a blend of progressive metal with a brand of metal that looks back towards the eighties style of metal. However, instead of Abigail Williams merely attempting to revive a certain period in metal, their smartest move during this introductory track has to be the inclusion of a newer rock style. What results is a track that is something to anyone listening in; the diversity of styles present in this inaugural track will allow a wide subset of fans to dig the act. The eclecticism of the band during this track is not a completely positive trait, as one wonders what the bandâ€™s â€œtrueâ€ sound is by the end of â€œFrom The Buried Heartâ€.
Still, barring this claim against the chameleon-like sound of the band, Abigail Williams starts out â€œLegendâ€ in a very strong manner. The second track on this EP is â€œLike Carrion Birdsâ€, and starts out with blistering drumming and lighter, Trans-Siberian Orchestra type of tinny, bell-sounding instrumentation. The band provides listeners with a much more cohesive sound during this track than was present during â€œFrom the Buried Heartâ€. By settling into a specific sound during this track, Abigail Williams are able to really provide listeners with an answer to the question that was in listenersâ€™ heads during the first track: what is the true sound of Abigail Williams? The track, owing much to its more cohesive sound, seems to be much more ready for primetime (Headbangerâ€™s Ball) than the opening track for much of the same reason. The shorter length of â€œLike Carrion Birdsâ€ is the other thing that feeds into the track being a bigger success than â€œFrom The Buried Heartâ€.
However, where both of these tracks unite is in the creation of a momentum that serves the band well as they enter into â€œThe Conqueror Wyrmâ€. The band starts off â€œThe Conqueror Wyrmâ€ with a lighter, more dungeon-like metal sound. The tempo is not slower, and may be faster than â€œFrom the Buried Heartâ€. What results during this hump track is something that is new for individuals listening in; the band again has a more cohesive sound, but plays a different brand of metal than was present on the earlier cuts of â€œLegendâ€. Abigail Williams shines brighter than many of the other Candlelight acts at this moment. I know I will be looking forward to the full length soon.
Top Track: The Conqueror Wyrm
Abigail Williams â€“ Legend / 2007 Candlelight / 5 Tracks / http://www.abigailwilliams.net/ http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com / Reviewed 10 June 2007