This is the third full-length studio release from Argus, the Pennsylvania based metal band. And, this is my first exposure to them, so I bring no bias to this reviewed compared to earlier releases, or having any idea of what to expect.
Before I dive into the album review, I just want to let you know where I am coming from. I live in the United States, and am therefore a very frustrated metal fan. The metal the does exist here is either screamo or growling and barking death metal...neither of which I dig. There is an amazing metal scene is Europe right now and very few of the artists make their way over here, especially here to the midwest. So having said all that...
Metal is alive! It is hard to find here...but what a breath of fresh fucking air it is to hear these guys play! Well written songs, excellent vocals ( similar to Zachary Stevens formerly of Savatage and now with Circle II Circle ) and they aren't afraid to break out of a fixed song structure when needed. And all this is done with a style very reminiscent of the late 70's, very early 80's metal sound before hair metal kicked in. And while the style stays consistent throughout, it never gets boring, as they keep it fresh from track-to-track...a lost art with most musicians today. The CD is really good all the way around, but here are a few tracks that should be getting heavy rotation on your IPod:
By Endurance We Conquer - the opening track of the album is an outright galloping anthem that could be heard at any great metal fest in Europe. Soaring vocals, great riffs with drum and bass that are in your face. What a great way to start an album!
No Peace Beyond the Line - a great riif, some awesome bass work, the solo rocks...what else do you need?
Four Candles Burning - this might be the best written song on the CD, and with a catchy groove and vocals that won't leave your head.
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- By Endurance We Conquer
- No Peace Beyond the Line
- The Hands of Time are Bleeding
- Four Candles Burning
- The Coward's Path
- Cast Out all Raging Spirits
- Beyond the Martyrs
Release Date: 01 October 2013
Label: Cruz del Sur Music
Points: 8 / 10
Review by Scott Bivins
If you are in the U.S., this is a great band to support, so if they com near you...get out there!
Note: Don't be fooled by the cover art. Listen to the CD!
Who would really like this album? Fans of:
Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Bigelf, Iron Maiden ( very early ), Tank, Saxony, Judas Priest, any guitar-driven classic metal band