ARGUS — Boldly Stride The Doomed (review)

ARGUS — Boldly Stride The Doomed album cover Album · 2011 · Traditional Doom Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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Traditional metal with doom overtones, Argus have a retro sound but where many doom bands would look back to early seventies Sabbath for inspiration Boldly Stride The Doomed sits better in the early to mid-eighties in sound and production style. Hat’s off to them for not restricting themselves to traditional slow doom pace, this has a number of relatively up tempo songs not unlike early Iron Maiden like on the seven minute plus Durendal. Calling themselves Argus suggests they were also inspired by the twin guitar attack of Wishbone Ash too.

Good musicianship and powerful vocals in the traditional sense, i.e. no growling benefit greatly here. BSTD is an overall very good to excellent and consistent album with a few killer songs to make them well worth some of your time. Whilst Argus don’t bring anything new to the table it’s quite refreshing to hear something new like this in the present time. I was originally leaning towards a 3 and a half star review but this stuff is infectious leaving me wanting more so 4 it is.
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