Pigeonholing The League of One’s brand of heavy metal would be a difficult task. With clear influences from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), nods to the work of early and proto metal like Zeppelin and Sabbath, a healthy appreciation of nu-metallers like System of a Down, and an obvious love for prog-rock, their sound should appeal to a wide variety of metalheads and rock fans worldwide.
Their latest full album, Dispatch (which you can stream in full via Bandcamp at the end of the post), ranges from track to track, but it always has a distinct flavor and flow that makes it really work as one of the better hard rock releases this year. The throwback sound and thumping bass of “I Get Around” reminds me of the feeling I got when I first saw and fell in love with the heavy sound of Corrosion of Conformity, but with a bit more 80s hair metal melody. Their latest single, “Antz”, is crunchy and gritty with some crazy shredding. And, today’s SoundByte is among these standout tracks on the album.
“Wax Museum” is the lead track of the album and it’s such a perfect track to launch into a furiously fun metal album. Roaring guitars, soaring vocals, great riffs, and a driving rhythm make this an infectious rock tune that’s heavy enough for the headbangers, but no too heavy to scare away the radio rockers among us. Not only is it a perfect way to start off this great album, but it’s a perect way to kick off your week.
Got a case of the Mondays? Flip off your troubles and bang your head with “Wax Museum”!