|Review: Arghoslent - Galloping Through the Battle Ruins|
|Galloping Through the Battle Ruins|
Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 1999
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 1, 2006
Reviewed by: Ulysses
for:Galloping Through the Battle Ruins
To be honest, I have never been that big of a Death Metal fan. Of course I've heard most of the highly recommended stuff like Death, Atheist, early Cryptopsy, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Hellhammer, Nile, The Chasm, and the list goes on, and on. And even though these bands have released a great album or many great albums, I would never call Death Metal my favorite genre of music mainly because, well, there are much better bands in other genres of music that grab my interest a whole lot more. Death Metal always remained a "mood" genre for me, until now. When I first heard Arghoslent with their latest album "Incorrigible Bigotry", my brain practically did a back flip. It was one of the best releases I have ever heard, because the guitar was freakishly similar to one of my favorite bands, The Lord Weird Slough Feg (I have to borrow that from you, Requiem!). I had adored that album almost to death, and I still do to this day. Then, with my interest soaring high to drench my ears in more of the excellence of Arghoslent, I had come across their debut album entitled "Galloping through the Battle Ruins". I have listened to it on many occasions for the last two months, and I have to say (and probably every single Death Metal fan in the WORLD will disagree with me here) this is the absolute best Death Metal album I have ever heard in my entire life. It isn't "just" Death Metal however, this album redefines Metal as a whole, and completely blows "genre" away here.
Perhaps one of the most hateful bands I know, this band isn't all "Kill the niggers – They're all monkeys!" garbage. This album is just absolutely one-hundred percent jam packed with intelligent lyrics, a la Grand Belial's Key. In fact, the two bands share similarities on more than a few levels. I guess you could say that Arghoslent are Grand Belial's Key's Death Metal alternatives and visa-versa. One thing that Grand Belial's Key doesn't have that Arghoslent does is incredibly flexible and catchy riffing. This band is just CRAMMED with riffs! One after another, after another, after another, it just never ends! It's absolutely fantastic, though. The vocals are growled, as expected, but they do sound rather unique and comprehensible though. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I enjoy Arghoslent's vocals on this album more than on their follow-up album, there just seems to be much more aggression on this one. Excellent lyrics, vocals, and riffs aren't enough to give an album the much praised "5+"though, everything must be utterly perfect for an album to be awarded that score, and the drumming and bass lines are just seal the deal here. The drummer brings some catchiest and ferocious beats to the table, and the bass must be perfectly mixed into the music, because it accompanies the intense riffing almost perfectly, adding a fine layer of depth to the album.
There are no highlights on this album, or rather, this album is entirely a highlight; it is just a blast from the first track to the last. The carnage and hatred never seizes for a second, except for in "Rape of a Slave" which is kicked-off with a Doom Metal-esque riff with then progresses into rapid riffs piled one after the other. I think the album should be owned by anyone. Even if it is incredibly racist, the music is absolutely top-notch and unique!
My highest recommendation.
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