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Argus : Boldly Stride The Doomed

The honest attitude and passion of Argus’ music make up for their lack of originality.

This is the first time I have the chance to hear this band. Argus come from the US and they play traditional epic Doom Metal with prog elements in the vein of Doomshine and Solitude Aeturnus.

The album consists of eight songs and a short acoustic instrumental that serves as an intro to the album. From the first full song, 'A Curse On The World', anyone can notice that they are heavily influenced by Solitude Aeturnus in the way the songs are structured but also in the vocalwork: the singer’s voice is amazingly similar to Robert Lowe’s. The album continues with 'Wolves Of Dusk'; I like this song a lot and I’m sure it could become one of the band’s standards. 'The Ladder' that follows can be described like a missing song from Solitude Aeturnus’ ’Adagio’; recreating that kind of feel and atmosphere is not an easy task and not only they achieve that but they’re also doing it in a ‘non-offensive’ way for the listener. They drop many of their prog elements in their next song 'Durendal', making them sound much heavier and aggressive. A more sensitive side of the band is revealed with the semi ballad '42-7-29' and also one of the albums highlights. The title track is an up-tempo song, more in the tradition of the underground American epic power bands than pure Doom and it adds a welcome variety to the overall sound of the album. 'Fading Silver Light' is a more typical epic Doom song, nothing less and nothing more. The album draws to a close with 'Pieces Of Your Smile', an almost twelve- minute opus, maybe the most mature composition on the album: slow, dark, majestic, full of a feeling of despair that slowly turns into anger as the song gains in speed and aggression while progressing toward its end.

My final impression is that Argus’ sophomore album suffers a lot from a lack of originality; but their honest attitude and passion counterbalance that flaw. A major plus to be stressed is the powerful wailing theatrical vocals of their singer. Solitude Aeturnus’ fans should certainly check them out.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Abandoning The Gates Of Byzantium
2. A Curse On The World
3. Wolves Of Dusk
4. The Ladder
5. Durendal
6. 42-7-29
7. Boldly Stride The Doomed
8. Fading Silver Light
9. Pieces Of Your Smile

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

Visit the Argus bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-05-09 by Dimitris Plastiras
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