This white metal band was conjured on September 17th of the year of the lord 1987 in Reynoldsburg in Central Ohio. The genesis came through youth preacher Eric Adams who put together a band featuring John and Matt Rice, as well as a Matt Reedy. A mini-Exodus followed with Doug Meacham and Fred Blanchard joining following the end days of their previous band. The young act went through several names before being born as the rather clichéd Legacy. Matt Reedy would leave and the band would recruit John Jenkins. The band’s first sacrament was at the Tree Of Life Christian school, which Fred attended. Legacy was the winner of a local Battle of The Bands in 1989 at Alrosa Villa. The band was playing live when Matt and Fred left to pursue other interests. The group wound down in 1992 with only Doug and John remaining.
Following its demise the band managed to get Stand And Conquer issued in 2003, Eönian Records issued a compilation of the band’s material on one disc in 2010.
LEGACY - Same - EÖNIAN
This isn’t that Legacy. No, it isn’t that Legacy either. It is Legacy though. The Legacy no one has ever heard of. Eönian (?) has unearthed this material and issued an album from the late ’80s band. Based on the recording and the band’s status this girl is thinking that Legacy is mostly unreleased or demo recordings from different years. The label has made sure no dates are provided, but it should be a safe assumption that these recordings hail from different sessions a year or two apart because the disc packs a mighty fourteen songs. The quality of the recording is not state of the art, but is in general certainly acceptable.
The sound is '80s heaven with a touch of AOR. The guys look mostly cute (singer Doug not so much) with lovely long manes that real men carried. The songs are hit and miss with the 'miss' being sandwiched in the middle. The rockers are dominant, but a couple of ballads are included of course. Salvation Is Law begins the disc and it is good my fave songs though come towards the end. Live It, What A World and Model Citizen are harder and better. Just like the beginning of the album Vision Of Perfection closes the disc with a cool high scream.
In every respect though Legacy are positively followers. First, these boys are Christians. That’s right, we are talking white metal of the Stryper variety. The band doesn’t stop there though. They follow the flag. They love America oh oh. Red, White, And Blue is the song’s name and is forced. They also have “faith in metal.” It says so in the booklet.
The band’s biography compares them to Stryper, Scorpions and Dokken, but much better parallels could be drawn between these guys and White Lion, Statetrooper and good old Steelheart. These are on the softer and more commercial end of the glam and hard rock sound. How good would it have been if these men were youngsters in a new band? The good old days when men are cute... - Sheila Wes Det