Argus: Boldly Stride The Dommed-2011.

Argus:Heavy Doom Metal from United States.

Discography:

Demo 2007Demo2007
ArgusFull-length2009
Boldly Stride the DoomedFull-length2011
Sleeping DogsEP2011
Live at Hammer of Doom VVideo2011 
Blood, Fire, BeerEP2012 
Beyond the MartyrsFull-length2013
Death Hath No ConscienceSingle2015 
From Fields of FireFull-length2017

Members:

Andy RamageBass (2005-2015, 2019-present)
See also: Lady BeastOh Shit They’re Going to Kill Us, ex-Relique, ex-Vrolok (live)
Kevin LatchawDrums (2005-present)
See also: Orodruin (live), ex-Abdullah, ex-Vrolok
Jason MucioGuitars (2005-present)
See also: ex-Oh Shit They’re Going to Kill Us
Butch BalichVocals (2006-present)
See also: Arduini/BalichPenance, ex-Child of Fire, ex-Molasses Barge, ex-Druid
Dave WatsonGuitars (2015-present)
See also: ex-Grave Desire, ex-Icarus Witch, ex-Mantic Ritual

Past Members:

Jason VieleBass (2005)
Mike WisniewskiGuitars (2005-2008)
Erik JohnsonVocals (2005-2006), Guitars (2008-2015)
See also: ex-Relique, ex-Vrolok
Justin CampbellBass (2015-2018)
See also: ex-Greywalker (live), ex-Come Summer, ex-RATM2, ex-SIKES!, ex-Tabula Rasa
Tim BoyleBass (2018-2019)
See also: Dreadeth, ex-Crown the Lost, ex-Grave Desire

One thought on “Argus: Boldly Stride The Dommed-2011.

  1. stonedjesus, May 5th, 2011

    Retro-kitsch heavy/doom metal bands are a dime-a-dozen and their numbers have seen considerable increase since the millennium began. It takes a lot for a band to stand out and few groups work beyond the confines of trend and all too obvious influences. While they aren’t part of the hipster trend, Argus’ style is a grand statement of old school heavy metal. The boys from PA have been one of the few in the genre who would stand out in the crowd since their inception, offering up mid-paced heavy metal. The 2007 demo and self-titled album were gems in their own right, though the full-length was too ambitious on a couple of songs and felt less distinct than the demo. Argus have outdone themselves on this new album. “Boldly Stride the Doomed” is a masterpiece of epic, doom-tinged heavy metal.

    While not always as storied or popular as European counterparts, the U.S.A. has long been home to the strongest traditions of heavy metal. Groups like Manilla Road, Brocas Helm, and Pentagram (arguably) offer some of the most interesting and influential discographies within the genre of heavy metal. Argus is cut from a similarly epic cloth, but on “Boldly Stride…” the band more closely resembles “Age of Creation”-era Candlemass. Alternating mid-to-slow paced heavier sections with galloping heavy metal and a brilliant vocal performance from Butch Balich (ex-Penance). Balich’s vocals are engaging, professional and drive the tracks to their fullest potential. This strongly contrasts with (the otherwise comparable) Grand Magus vocalist, who has amped up the cheese vocals too much for my taste in recent years.

    I wouldn’t have listened to this disc fifteen times in a row,for two days straight, if it didn’t have ripping guitar performances throughout. Whether they are whipping it up full speed (“A Curse On the World”, “Boldly Stride the Doomed”) or pensively clawing across the floor (“The Ladder”, “42-7-29”) the guitarists’ twisted classic-rock influenced riff style is far more developed compared to the self-titled album. Song elements here feel more complete this time around, with each song’s “hook” well placed and fleshed out just enough. My personal favorite track “Durendal” shows off fine attention to detail and offers a highlight in the middle of the album that keeps the pace going steady. Where the album hits shaky ground for me is the sluggish final track “Pieces of Your Smile”, while it is a nice way to end the album (and features some of the best guitar solos on the album) shortening the track by a couple of minutes could have elevated it to the level of the other tracks. This gripe gets more evident after repeated listens but doesn’t cripple the overall experience.

    The production here is spacious, organic and sounds great overall. Stylistically the tone of “Boldly Stride…” is a cross of the previously mentioned Candlemass album with the adventurous pure metal of Manilla Road’s “Open the Gates.” or if you’re not familiar with those releases think Iron Maiden meets “Thunder and Lightning”-era Thin Lizzy. Argus has produced one of the strongest, most memorable heavy metal albums in recent memory. The album gets the highest recommendation I’ll give this year, a rewarding album for fans of heavy and doom alike.

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