Arghoslent
Hornets of the Pogrom


4.5
superb

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
May 17th, 2008 | 1660 replies | 58,057 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Riffs so good you'll forgive these guys for their highly intolerant ideologies.

Self-proclaimed ‘Riff-Supremacists’ Arghoslent have made a name for themselves with their racially intolerant yet strangely appealing brand of melodic death metal. Hornets of the Pogrom is the group’s third release and promises to be one of the strongest death meal outputs of the year.

To say that Arghoslent are unique would be selling them short. Beyond their racist and militant ideals sits an extremely unique blend of traditional metal and death metal, one that employs a perfectly executed Maiden-esque gallop as well as the guttural vocals of new vocalist The Genocider, who makes his debut on this album replacing the similar sounding but recently deceased Von Demonicus. In stern contrast to the group’s aggressively intolerant image and historically veiled hatemongering, Arghoslent play a relatively melodic brand of death metal, one that thankfully avoids the aphoristic “mellow” death tag and steers clear of the prototypical Swedish sound.

Though it begins with a mess of whammy-bar masturbation and less than organised chaos, album opener “In Coffles They Were Lead” sets itself into a mid-paced gallop that revolves almost entirely around an extravagant barrage of leads, excellently setting the pace for the rifftastic onslaught that’s set to carry out for the next 7 tracks. “Swill of the Knaves” borrows from the group’s black metal connection and makes wonderful use of tremolo picking, while the moody and dynamic instrumental title track bridges the gap between the almost east-Asian sounding “Oracle of the Malefic Rhizome” and the apocalyptic “The Grenadier”.

Lyrically, Hornets of the Pogrom is make-or-break, do or die. Or so you’d think. In reality, the lyrics are written in such a way that the underlying racist and nationalistic ideologies are relatively indiscernible. Barring the somewhat direct lyrics of “The Nubian Archer” (Born with genetic imperfections, the Nubian Archer unable to grasp the shortcomings of his brood) and a passage in “Swill of the Knaves” (Centuries of blood becomes erased, I am the white ghost), most of the lyrics on the album are going to go over the head of those without a strong grasp on history and language. Complaining about the lyrics would be an exercise in futility, as they’re not particularly significant.

Coming into the album you should certainly be aware of Arghoslent’s ideological standpoint, but you shouldn’t let it get to you. Don’t let a lyrically pedantic history lesson ruin the experience. Don’t see their views as anything more than attention getting. In the end, the band’s lyrical and ideological significance is grossly outweighed by the excellent guitar work, brutal yet intelligible vocals and calculated yet powerful drumming. If you agree with Arghoslent’s worldview that’s one thing, but if you ignore this album because you don’t, the Nazis win. Excellent addition to an already outstanding discography.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2008



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Virginia not known for hate and intolerance lol

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DWittisarockstar
March 31st 2008



1501 Comments


[quote=review] When I think of anger, hate and intolerance, Virginia isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind.[/quote]
It does if you live here. Good review, but I couldn't get in to what I heard of this.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 31st 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dont live in the US I always thought it sounded like a place full of pussies idk ill fix it.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2008



17911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS OKAY

And this album fucking rules. The Nubian Archer is soooo good.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2008



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Virginia as a pretty lol past when it comes to that man.
Album wasn't memorable on first listen but I mean I'm going to listen to it again.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 31st 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fixed it there are you happy?

plane
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2008



6073 Comments


I actually like this review a lot. I think informal was the way to go with this album. But yeah, this is so good.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2008



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Melodic death metal not known for hate and intolerance lol

Tyler
Emeritus
March 31st 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Melodic*
Fine you stupid mean sons of bitches I'll fix it again.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 31st 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There it's fixed leave me alone now.

rasputin
March 31st 2008



14504 Comments


Good review, sounds like it sounds good.

willfellmarsy
March 31st 2008



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you agree with Arghoslent's worldview that's one thing, but if you ignore this album because you don't, the Nazis win.

This sounds like a logical falacy but I used a same-ish line in a paper i wrote this year.
Another solid review from good ole Captain Kirk.
On another note...is the vocalist's actual name The Genocider? Because if that is the case i feel inclined to give this a listen.
"Melodic Hate-Mongering Death Metal" probably is the most metal genre out there.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 31st 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This sounds like a logical falacy but I used a same-ish line in a paper i wrote this year.

i was being facetious
On another note...is the vocalist's actual name The Genocider?

They all go by aliases for obvious reason. The band is The Genocider, Holocausto and Pogrom. Not sure who the drummer is. The last known drummer went by Alienchrist.

willfellmarsy
March 31st 2008



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know you were being facetious old chap...as was I when I wrote the paper. Since you said their names were aliases thats means they are not their legal names?

rasputin
March 31st 2008



14504 Comments


i was being facetious

You say this quite a lot

Tyler
Emeritus
March 31st 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No I don't.

rasputin
March 31st 2008



14504 Comments


Yes it isn't.This Message Edited On 03.31.08

rasputin
March 31st 2008



14504 Comments


That aside, are there any bands you could label as similar? I've already established they aren't like Swedish death metal, but I need some motivation for me to get this.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 31st 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There are zero bands that sound like Arghoslent.

rasputin
March 31st 2008



14504 Comments


tsk, ok.



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