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The Legion

Formed: 1996
From: Jönköping, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The Legion News

Below is our complete The Legion news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

The Legion Posts New Song Online

Swedish black metal band, The Legion, has uploaded a new track to their MySpace page. The track, entitled "Blood, Be Gone!," is off The Legion's upcoming album, "A Bliss to Suffer." The new album will be released on April 27th.

The tracklisting for "A Bliss to Suffer" [cover] is as follows:

1. Shining redemption
2. Call of the nameless black
3. A toil beneath the skin
4. Blood, Be gone!
5. A curse for the dead
6. The luring depths
7. The inimical
8. Man-beast
9. The reaping of flesh and blood

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The Legion Streaming "A Curse For The Dead" Online

Swedish black metallers The Legion are currently streaming a new song titled "A Curse For The Dead" on their official MySpace page. The track is from their upcoming album "A Bliss To Suffer," which is set to be released on April 27th through Listenable Records.

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The Legion Reveals New Album Details Online

Swedish black metal band, The Legion, has updated their MySpace page with new band pictures, media and artwork of the new album,"A Bliss to Suffer." The Legion have also released a song off the album "Call of the Nameless Black."

"A Bliss to Suffer" will be released on April 27th through LISTENABLE RECORDS. The album features ex-Marduk drummer, Emil Dragutinovic, and has artwork by Kris Verwimp. More...

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The Legion Streaming New Song Online

Swedish black metal band The Legion has issued the following statement about streaming a new song on their MySpace page:

"We have now made available, on our official myspace, a full preview track called “Call of the nameless black” from our upcoming album “A bliss to suffer”. More preview tracks will follow prior to the release, so be sure to check back here or visit our myspace."

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The Legion Announces New Album Release Date

Swedish metallers The Legion have issued the following statement about the release of their upcoming album:

"We are proud to announce the release of our third album “A Bliss to Suffer” through Listenable Records on the 27th of April. Entirely produced by us band members ourselves at Art Decay Studio during a series of sessions in 2007 and 2008, this onslaught displays the relentless speed and severe brutality of previous efforts blended together with strangely atmospheric and epic elements, taking our lethal concoctions to new heights. We wouldn’t brag without a good reason – this thing will kill you.

"In other news, vocalist Martinsson is back as a permanent member after commitments elsewhere, and celebrates the return with a never-ending row of ghastly shrieks all through the album.

"Last but not least, there is now an official The Legion MySpace site up and running at. This is the only MySpace channel with 100% valid and verified information straight from the band. Excerpts from “A Bliss to Suffer” will be available for streaming listening as soon as possible."

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The Legion Part Ways With Singer

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, who feature in their ranks former MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following update:

"As you might know, we've had our share of difficulties managing the vocal position. And once again we're without a permanent singer. A while ago we and Kjetil [Hektoen] decided to go separate ways. He's been busy with his other bands/projects and simply didn't find the time and devotion required to rehearse with us as much as we wanted. We think it's really sad since we like him both as a person, as well as for his amazing skills vocally. We really wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his time with us and his support in our live performances." More...

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The Legion Give Update On Third Album

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring former MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following update:

"The progress of our third album is coming along fine and most of the material is ready. We still have a lot of vocal arrangements to deal with but we hope to get started with the recording this spring. We've also been busy upgrading our own studio, Art Decay, since the last album. The plan is to record everything there this time and hopefully this will result in a more dynamic and experimental release. The cover art will once again be handled by Kris Verwimp [MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL]."

THE LEGION released its sophomore album, "Revocation", in February 2006 via Listenable Records.

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The Legion Announce New Bassist

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have announced the addition of bassist Kristoffer Andersson from SARGATANAS REIGN as a permanent member. "We're very pleased to have him in the band and we're looking forward to see his contribution in your music," the band write in a statement. "At the moment we're working on material for our third opus. We're constantly developing our music and exploring new paths. A handful of songs are completed and so far it looks like this new album will differ itself a bit from our previous works."

THE LEGION released their sophomore album, "Revocation", in February via Listenable Records. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL), who had previously worked with the group on their debut album, "Unseen to Creation".

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The Legion Confirms European Tour Dates

THE LEGION's planned tour throughout Europe has now been confirmed. The tour will begin right after the Inferno festival (where they play on the Saturday 16/4) and last until the end of April. Tour dates are as follows:

Th 18 - France, Rennes, Ubu + Sadus + Darkane + Gory Blister
We 19 - France, Paris, Locomotive + Sadus + Darkane + Gory Blister + Rotting Faith
Th 20 - France, Le Havre, Le Siècle + Rotting Faith + Horresco Referens + Sweet Silence + Maladaptive
Fr 21 - Netherland, Arnhem, Goudvishal + Rotting Faith
Sa 22 - Luxembourg, Kehlen, Shiny'z Club + Rotting Faith + Exterminator + Desdemonia + Embroyonic Death
Su 23 - Switzerland, Geneva, Usine + Rotting Faith + Ingrowing + Isacaarum + Enigmatik
Mo 24 - Italy, Brescia, La Sfinge + Rotting Faith + Eviscerate
Tu 25 - TBA
We 26 - TBA
Th 27 - Germany, Muhleim, Star Club + Rotting Faith
Fr 28 - Germany, Weimar, Dark Hall + Rotting Faith
Sa 29 - Belgium, La louviere, Palace + Rotting Faith + Mystica + Pitbulls in The Nursery + Outcast + Kristendom + Horresco Referens
Su 30 - Belgium, Mechelen, Panique d'O + Rotting Faith

As previously reported, The Legion made some personnel changes late last year, taking on vocalist Kjetil Hektoen (Crest of Darkness, Enthral) and session bassist Kristoffer Andersson (Sargatanas Reign). There has been no word of a change in status of Andersson or another replacement.

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The Legion Announce New Band Members

On the verge of releasing their new album 'Revocation', Swedish blasters THE LEGION announce line up changes :

" After a long search we have finally found a new vocalist for THE LEGION. He's name is Kjetil Hektoen and he's also known for his participation in Crest of Darkness and Enthral. We have already started to work on material for a third album together with Kjetil and we believe that his contribution to the band will increase the quality in our music on many levels. A big thanks goes out to all the people that has auditioned for us or sent us vocal material. Secondly, we want to announce the departure of our bassist Lars Martinsson. Lars has decided to leave the band to continue with his studies. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for all the years of dedication to the band. Kristoffer Andersson from Sargatanas Reign will be filling in for Lars as a session member."

THE LEGION now has a stable line up and will be working on live dates as soon as the opportunity comes in.

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The Legion Post New Song Available For Download

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have uploaded a new song, entitled "Horror Vacui", at this location (MP3, 8.5 MB). The track comes off the group's sophomore album, tentatively due in late January via France's Listenable Records. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL), who had previously worked with the group on their debut album, "Unseen to Creation"

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The Legion Name Album, Reveal Tracklisting

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have set "Revocation" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2006 via France's Listenable Records. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL, SATHANAS), who had previously worked with the group on their debut album, "Unseen to Creation".

"Revocation" track listing:

01. Grotesque Savior
02. Virtue of Sin
03. Annihilation Chaos
04. Horror Vacui
05. Impious Gathering
06. Bloodgate
07. Deadlight Afterglow
08. Carnal Harvest
09. Nocturnal Apparition

THE LEGION's debut album, "Unseen to Creation" was released in October 2003 through Listenable. The CD was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tagtgren and features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from MORBID ANGEL to SETHERIAL."

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The Legion Recording New Album, Give Update

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have posted the following message on their official web site:

"The progress of our new album is coming along fine and we're in the middle of recording the last parts. The vocals on this recording are being done, mainly by bassist Lars [bass] and some additional parts by Emil and David [guitar]. We are still not certain who's going to handle the vocals in the future so if you're interested in trying out for us, please send us a mail with some kind of sample where we can hear you scream."

To facilitate the vocalist-search process, THE LEGION have made available a pre-production sample of a new song called "Virtue of Sin". "On this teaser, which was recorded in our rehearsal room, the vocals are executed by Lars and David," the band write. "[Keep] in mind that this is not representative for the final outcome of the upcoming album."

THE LEGION's debut album, "Unseen To Creation", was released in October 2003 through France's Listenable Records. The CD, which was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy T?gtgren, features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from MORBID ANGEL to SETHERIAL." The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with MARDUK, ABSU, VELONNIC SIN, and IMMORTAL, among others.

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Marduk Drummer Suffers Broken Arm

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following statement regarding the incident over the weekend that resulted in Emil suffering a broken arm and unable to embark on MARDUK's previously announced European tour:

"On Saturday night [February] 12th, our drummer Emil and a close friend to the band was attacked by a group of five immigrants. Emil was trying to protect this friend of ours when a dude with a baseball bat suddenly attacked him. When trying to defend himself from the severe beating he broke his left arm. Emil's friend got seriously maltreated and is now hospitalised. Emil is now in plaster and he's unable to play the drums for some months. This means that the upcoming tour with MARDUK (Emil's other band) gets postponed and the recording of our new album gets delayed for a while too. This really sucks since we've had the new material ready for some time now and we where just waiting for Emil to be done with the tour."

THE LEGION's debut album, "Unseen To Creation", was released in October 2003 through France's Listenable Records. The CD, which was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren, features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from MORBID ANGEL to SETHERIAL". The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with MARDUK, ABSU, SATHANAS, and IMMORTAL, among others.

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The Legion To Enter Studio In Early 2005

Swedish black/death metallers The Legion are busy writing songs for the follow-up to last year's debut album, "Unseen to Creation". "Seven tracks are completed so far and the new material will for sure surpass anything we’ve ever done before," the band write on their web site. "We are planning to start the recording of this as-yet-untitled album sometime early next year."

The Legion's debut album, "Unseen To Creation", was released last October through France's Listenable Records. The CD, which was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren, features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from Morbid Angel to Setherial." The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with Marduk, Absu, and Immortal, among others.

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The Legion Completing New Album

The Legion is completing the follow-up to last year's debut "Unseen to Creation" for France's Listenable Records. 6-7 tracks are written so far and the new material is said to be more intelligent and inventive. Here's a heads up from drummer Dragu, speaking on behalf of the Legion camp:

We' ve really put some thinking behind these new songs and it' ll be interesting to hear what the people has to say about them. It's not really black metal (compared to my other band, Marduk), and it's not death metal; it's hard to put one's finger on what to call it. Well, it's brutal as fuck anyway and I don't think it will disappoint any of our fans.

Be sure to check out the band's web hole at www.legion.nu, where you can listen to a track from the debut album.

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Impaled Nazarene, The Legion Euro Tour Cancelled

The forthcoming tour with IMPALED NAZARENE and THE LEGION has been cancelled. Here's THE LEGION's take:

“IMPALED NAZARENE are going on a European tour in May and the booking agency wanted to move the tour from February/March to a future date which wasn't possible for IMPALED NAZARENE."

THE LEGION also wrote:

"We have just finished with the last pieces of our recording session for the upcoming (limited edition) gatefold LP Unseen To Creation. Two bonus tracks were recorded in Art Decay Studio and it's a old song in a completely different version plus a cover with the mighty thrash legends TESTAMENT (Curse Of The Legions Of Death’). We have no release date at this point but it should be out in late February."

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More Details on Impaled Nazarene/The Legion Tour

Finland's Impaled Nazarene will be teaming up with Swedish black/death metallers The Legion for a European tour beginning on February 26 and running through March 7. Exact cities and dates will be announced shortly. More...

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