Legion Of Parasites
Slightly whimsical anarcho punk rantings
Legion Of Parasites began in 1983 when their members were aged between 14 and 17. They discovered the music of Crass, a band who promoted anarchy as a political ideology and advocated animal rights, direct action and challenging the system and its individuals, through their lyrics and artwork. Many bands seized upon this as an objective to make punk rock. Sadly many fell short, possessing neither the ethics nor ability to hang onto the coat tails of this movement. Instead they ended up an ambiguous noise which lacked direction.
Legion Of Parasites fall into this category – slightly. Their ethics may have been meritorious (donations to hunt saboteurs and anti vivisection organisations) but you can’t churn out any old guitar/drum hullabaloo and expect it to be overlooked in the name of your political leanings! This 26-track album seems to expect exactly that!
There are certainly 2 or 3 worthwhile tracks here but the majority are nothing but badly played protest songs. Bands like Crass, Conflict and even The Subhumans were good at what they did because their music was as acceptable as their conscience. Let’s leave it at that.