If you’re a music fan, no matter where you end up in life, you carry with you an unwavering pride for bands from your hometown, so out here in Los Angeles, I can now boast about the haunting allure of He is Legend. After five years of silence, the group’s new album, Heavy Fruit, finally drops on August 19th, and fans will not be disappointed.

The North Carolina-born band shows off a measured Southern grunge style that hypnotizes listeners, and their new album starts off with the looming track, “No Visitors.” The song lays down a pretty solid foundation for what to expect for the rest of Heavy Fruit. I like to describe their sound as a darker, more-technical Lynard Skynard, but the next track, “This Will Never Work,” illustrates a faster side of He Is Legend, one a little reminiscent of an older, less-heavy Metallica.

“This Will Never Work” has a lot of energy, but immediately following the rowdiness comes “Miserable Company.” This song, released as a single a few months ago, epitomizes the dark, creeping style of He Is Legend. Their music crawls like a dark shadow, slowly rocking listeners back and forth before hitting them with a powerful chorus. The next track, “Something, Something, Something Witchy,” was also released as a single and grooves more than any other song on Heavy Fruit.

This album wonderfully captures the allure of He Is Legend. “I Slept Fine” sounds like it should have come out in the 1980s alongside the metal legends who paved the way for the genre. “Smoker Scoff” stands out from the rest album while still managing to fit perfectly within Heavy Fruit as a whole. The track sounds like He Is Legend decided to give it a Red Hot Chili Peppers twist with a bass line that, while still groovy, has an upbeat quality.

The album ends with the title track, “Heavy Fruit,” a beautiful little song featuring some nice falsetto vocals that contrast wonderfully with the playful guitar tracks and steady drums. The vocals stay quite monotone throughout Heavy Fruit, but not in a bad way. Much of the band’s hypnotic quality comes from the vocals, which never get overbearing and never disappear. They consistently carry the songs through a range of emotions by naturally flowing between roughness and softness.

This cohesive record stays consistent without getting boring. Like the tide, the tracks alternate in heaviness, speed, and lyrical power. He Is Legend combines grittiness, chaos, and some excellent guitar licks to create a dark, heavy album that will certainly haunt listeners, and overall, Heavy Fruit is well worth the wait.

Heavy Fruit album art

Make sure to catch He Is Legend on their upcoming tour, starting today!

He Is Legend Tour Dates:

8/04 – Bryan, TX – Grand Stafford Theater
8/06 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
8/07 – Phoenix, AZ – Joes Grotto
8/08 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
8/09 – La Jolla, CA – Porter’s Pub
8/10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
8/11 – Sacramento, CA – The Assembly
8/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Urban Lounge
8/13 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
8/14 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
8/15 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
8/16 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
8/17 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
8/19 – Newport, KY – The Thompson House
8/20 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
8/21 – Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
8/22 – Fayetteville, NC – The Drunken Horse Pub
8/23 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By The Sea
8/24 – Winston Salem, NC – Ziggy’s

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