Arghoslent
Incorrigible Bigotry


4.5
superb

Review

by Bartender EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 180 replies | 14,604 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Released 2002 on Drakkar Productions.

Arghoslent are:
Von Demonicus - vocals
Pogrom - guitar
Holocausto - guitar
Kommando - bass
Alienchrist - drums

A warning: the word "riff" will be used excessively in the coming paragraphs.

Arghoslent are a band from Virginia (like the NSBM scene primogenitors, Grand Belial's Key), and they hold somewhat racist views (like Grand Belial's Key). I'll just get that out of the way straight away, so that anyone bothered by their conscience for listening to racist bands, for whatever reason, can move along.

Actually, once you move on past those two apparent similarities, there isn't really much that GBK and Arghoslent have in common, aside from the quality of their music. Grand Belial's Key make black metal (riffy black metal, admittedly, but black metal nonetheless), Arghoslent make melodic death, for example. Even in terms of their views, they differ - GBK take a more direct, anti-Christianty and NS approach to their lyrics, whereas Arghoslent focus mainly on the colonial times and the slave trade, with lyrics biased against the slaves and Jews, but not specifically written against them. The beliefs held by the band's members are difficult to explain (or understand), but [url=http://www.tartareandesire.com/interviews/arghoslent.html]this[/url] and [url=http://basementbar.com/DefaultN1.asp?GoTo=InterviewN1.asp?ID=225]this[/url] should help (they're interviews, one of which explains the band's name as well). All in all, I think they've gotten a bad press. They're not liberal, and they're not sympathetic to much, but they're not simply hate-filled racists; rather "racially aware".

Anyway, the music. Put simply, it's fantastic. Straight from the opening seconds of the opening song, you know what you're in for; Flogging the Cargo starts off with a great, fast-paced riff, which is almost immediately shot through with high-pitched NWOBM-style soloing. Von Demonicus' vocals come barking in, harsh and commanding, but decipherable. He's adept at matching and following whatever's going on in the song in such a way that nothing ever drags - many times I've found myself in the closing moments of Hereditary Taint without time seeming to have passed at all.

The main strength of the album, though, is the guitars, and the riffs and solos they produce, so if you're a fan of heavy guitar music at all, this is worth checking out. The production is good, but not overly slick, so the album retains enough rawness to be impressive. The musicianship is not at a virtuoso level by any means, but is still far beyond competent, and incredibly pleasing. The song writing is excellent, and there's never a sense of melody lacking, though it's not Gothenburg-style melodic death (which has a sound much closer to thrash, in my experience), but just old-school death metal with more melody than usual. Comparisons can also be drawn to heavy metal/NWOBHM, which can only be a good thing. Every riff a keeper, every song memorable.

For those worried by the description of it as death metal, I can assure you that the vocals are not incredibly harsh. They're nothing amazing, but they're well-done and fit the music. They remind me of a slightly harsher Atheist vocal style, or maybe Morbid Angel, in that the words are harsh and barked/growled convincingly, but not indecipherable, and after a few listens a lot of the lyrics can be made out. Also, blast beats are relatively rare.

All in all, 4.5/5. I know I'm not the most experienced listener, but this is the best melodic death metal album I know, and a contender for Album of the Year in 2002.

Recommended track:
There are two tracks I really can't separate - The Purging Fires of War and Incorrigible Bigotry itself. The former is probably my favourite song on the album, having the best lyrics on the album as well as everything else. It also has the advantage of having the best single riff on the album (an achievement in itself); the one which comes in at 2:43 is a strong contender for best/most epic riff ever. The title track, on the other hand, is a massive eight-minute instrumental, and the sheer amount of (riffing? riffage?) is just awesome to behold. Enough riffs to drown a small elephant, if you will. So take your pick.

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LordDargon
December 14th 2004



165 Comments


No posts? Poor Bartender. I've heard some of this... I will get this album ASAP.

Shadows
Moderator
December 14th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't worry Bartender, I'm sure you'll start getting more action once happy hour rolls around.

I've been on somewhat of a Melodic Death craze lately so I'll keep a look out for this as well. Good job, and the lyrics amuse me with their blatant references to racism.

LordDargon
December 14th 2004



165 Comments


^ Wrong. Read it again.

Anyways, I got it, it needs more listens but right now it's seeming like 4/5 material.

Shadows
Moderator
December 14th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=LordDargon]^ Wrong. Read it again.[/QUOTE]
What?

Distorted Vision
December 14th 2004



184 Comments


He means it's not 'blatant racism'.

The band sound interesting, I'll keep an ear out.

Shadows
Moderator
December 14th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh. Right.

Dark Hero
December 14th 2004



160 Comments


I'm going to check this out.

Dancin' Man
May 4th 2005



719 Comments


This album is amazing. So so good. Arsis and Arghoslent are my two favorite melodic death bands of all time. I really like the length of the songs here. Long songs that don't get boring.

Apocalyptic Raids
November 7th 2005



810 Comments


Awesome album, awesome band.

Dancin' Man
November 7th 2005



719 Comments


I still like this band more than any other melodic death, though not as much as I used to but having just read the interviews, are these guys retarded? They have the most terrible english skills and they are native born Americans. I refuse to believe that Virginians are that retarded. Virginia isn't even the deep south. It's things like that that make it hard for me to take a band like this seriously. I would actually read and try to understand the lyrics if they seemed like more intelligent people.

Stoic
January 28th 2006



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A bit late -as usual- but here I am :D

Excellent review for an excellent Bartender (I've told you many times how much I admire your writing skills). Arghoslent are certainly unique. They bring out such an epic and triumphant feeling which is not common at all in death metal, plus they're ultra catchy. This kind of melodic death owns gothenburg by far in my opinion.

Jondur
March 17th 2006



92 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You know what? This band write great riffs. But that's all they are - a collection of almost unrelated riffs. There's no thought of song structure or flow. So ultimately I find their songs unsatisfying. It takes more than good riffs for a good song.

Apocalyptic Raids
March 18th 2006



810 Comments


Arghoslent are awesome. My favourite Melodic Death band.

EDIT: Seems I already commented on this :P I don't remember it though haha.This Message Edited On 03.18.06

rattlehead42147
January 19th 2008



1345 Comments


since everyone wacks these guys off, i decided to check this out. Verdict:
1. They're pretty average
2. They sound like a Gothenburg band (Not a good sound to imitate in the first place)
3. The lyrical themes don't fit this kind of death metal (i expected more "brutal" music despite everyone saying these guys were melodic death)
4. Pretty good musicianship, but crappy songwriting
5. The riffs are forgettableThis Message Edited On 01.18.08

Tyler
Emeritus
January 19th 2008



7928 Comments


You are an idiot. After "2" I stopped reading.

rattlehead42147
January 19th 2008



1345 Comments


sorry that i have an opinion, Tyler, which you didn't even take the time to read simply because it doesn't agree with yours.

I happen to think that traditional death metal > average melodeath such as this.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 19th 2008



7928 Comments


this is basically just traditional metal death metalified. how dothe lyrical themes not fit? is the music not racist sounding enough?
your criticisms dont make sense and that's why i stopped readingthem.

rasputin
September 23rd 2008



14512 Comments


I wasn't expecting this to be anywhere near as good as Hornets of the Pogrom, but I was surprised at how solid it is. Probably won't top Hornets for me, but still fantastic.

masscows
September 23rd 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This and Galloping are both 4.5's and Hornets is a 5

KTV
November 15th 2008



760 Comments


I fail to see how this is melo death.



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