Releasing their debut EP through Tribunal Records five months ago, He Is Legend has since
signed with Solid State to release the fast-paced, highly likeable I Am Hollywood.
At first listen, you will be bombarded with melody after melody colliding with the sounds of
metal guitar riffs and the growls found therein. Quite frankly, it will more likely than not sound
like a mess to your unsuspecting ears. But further listens to this blend of emocore, metal, and a
twinge of punk will prove your first impressions wrong. Though some may not agree, He Is Legend is
very, very good.
Vocalist Schulyar Croom sings, screams, and growls during I Am Hollywood's thirty-eight
minute run time. The only real complaint might only be a complaint to some. The vocals and music are
so spastic, so random and seemingly unplanned pertaining to the next moment of music, that it might
seem a bit thrown together.
The lyrics are satirical from beginning to end. However, itís hard to decide what exactly it is
that He Is Legend is mocking. "I Am Hollywood just mainly harps on the creepy side of the city
that is acclaimed for making your dreams come true," says Croom, "It just seems like such a joke...
where everything is fake and over-produced." Hollywood and itís many clones and falsehoods might be the
overriding theme, but deciding what each song individually is trying to specify is mostly a challenge.
The absolute obnoxious tinge of this entire record will turn off many (Some even in the form of
hardcore/metal fans), but there is a lot to like about He Is Legend. I was a skeptic myself at first,
but repeated listens have made me of fan. If they arenít your cup of tea at first listen, give I am
Hollywood a few more spins before making a final judgment.
- Review date: 11/07/04, written by Josh Taylor