Review : ARGUS- "Boldly Stride The Doomed"

Argus – Boldly Stride The Doomed
Release: 2011May03 (US)
Label: Cruz del Sur Music
Rating: 5/5

My biggest gripe with doom metal is the endless amount of cookie-cutter bands that shamelessly ape the godlike riffs of Tony Iommi. Argus stands out from the pack with a sound that combines the ferocity and intensity of classic metal with punishing riffs that bring to mind Candlemass and Trouble among others. “Abandoning The Gates Of Byzantium” is a short intro track that also forms the basis for the outro on “The Ruins Of Ouroboros” when the album comes full circle. “Wolves Of Dusk” and “Durendal” offer plenty for the fan of traditional doom: the former contains slow, bluesy riffs while the latter changes up the pace. Things don’t really take off until the title track, the shortest full song here, which sounds like a hybrid of Samson and Trouble; I really like the combination and I hope that Argus expands upon this sound with future releases. Listen for Butch Balich’s best Messiah Marcolin impersonation on “Pieces Of Your Smile”—a haunting, expansive 11+ minutes, in which Kevin Latchaw shines on skins.  Indeed, the doomed shall stride boldly and carry big axes! It doesn’t take 100 eyes to see that.

A Best of 2011 pick!

Try: 5, 79

01. Abandoning The Gates Of Byzantium
02. A Curse On The World
03. Wolves Of Dusk
04. The Ladder
05. Durendal
06. 42-7-29
07. Boldly Stride The Doomed
08. Fading Silver Light
09. Pieces Of Your Smile
10. The Ruins Of Ouroboros

~Brad Barratt


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