NMM SoundBytes: The League of One Invites You to the “Wax Museum

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”!

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Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here, at Cinapse, and at Rock on Philly... as well as on occasion at Cinepunx. He previously wrote for several other sites, but he forgets some of them and others no longer exist. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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