Pennsylvania’s Argus stormed onto the underground metal scene with their twin guitar-driven, doom-tinged, working class metal sound. Releasing a self-recorded demo in early 2007 on John Brenner’s (Revelation/Against Nature) DIY label, Bland Hand Records, the band was roundly welcomed by the metal community at home as well as abroad and established its foundation amongst friends/fans within the scene. With this initial momentum, the band created a buzz that was only solidified by their punishing live performances.
Epic heavy metal is hard to execute without sounding repetitive. Sometimes your harmonies and melodies don’t carry much substance. Sometimes the lyrics are not to the caliber of the song titles. In the case of “From Fields Of Fire” by Argus, That is not at all the case. This album has everything that a great heavy metal album needs. Great vocal work that projects the epic feel of the album. the twin guitar harmonies are executed very well. The guitar work on this album reminds me of Dave Murray or maybe Janick Gers from Iron Maiden. The classic heavy metal sound never goes away on this album. I appreciate how the bass is turned up and it goes with the harmony of the guitars.
My favorite song on the album is “Devils Of Your Time”. I like the heavy harmony as well as the vivid songwriting. The songwriting and guitar work really made this album great. There lyrics do not seem to reflect something historic or something based off a story or a piece of writing. It seems to be based more from personal feelings and experiences with different emotions that make for a more personal experience to the listener. I am impressed by this brand of heavy metal. The song “No Right To Grieve” has a doomy, dark feel to it which compliments the epic songwriting on the rest of the album. “From Fields Of Fire” is filled with emotion and a traditional heavy sound that does not dissipate. 9/10
Author: Aldo Guzman