|Review: Argath - Societatis Draconistrarum|
Label: Grey Inertia Productions
Year released: 2005
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 29, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Finally, after much waiting, we get a full-length album from the mighty Argath, Finland's best fucking Black Metal band. We, the faithful fans, have been waiting a long time for the much-delayed release of a real album, and damned if it wasn't worth the wait.
If you are a fan of Argath already, you should know that this is the fulfillment of every scrap of promise their demos ever gave. If you don't know this excellent band, then you need to get ahold of this right away. In style Argath are both easy and hard to describe, because I can easily say they are like a more melodic version of early Emperor with some Celtic Frost thrown in, but that doesn't really cover it. What I love about Argath is that they are vicious and aggressive, but they have a very sharp songwriting style and always keep the changes coming in every song. They never belabor an idea to death, but they give it just enough play to be cool without wearing out. Argath are not married to the tremolo, and their riffs are actually very chunky and catchy, yet they maintain that Finnish knack for melody that is simply inescapable. This album is not speed-obsessed, and there are a lot of slower parts and midpaced interludes, but these are just as cool as the faster parts due to that haunting melodic dash that is like a Finnish trademark. Vocals are harsh, of course, but vary from rasp to growl, and so do not get boring either.
This is just a first-rate album, and the only reason I do not rate it even higher is because I know this band will surpass this album with their next, and I want to leave room above it. If there is any justice, this CD will get enough exposure to get on 'best of' lists later this year, as obscurity is the only thing that could possibly hold this band back. Argath rules, and "Societatis Draconistrarum" was worth every bit of the wait.
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