|Review: Arghoslent - Incorrigible Bigotry|
Label: Drakkar Productions
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Rated 3.65/5 (72.94%) (34 Votes)
Put aside your pretensions about racialism and politically correct ideals. Arghoslent is a Virginian Death Metal band that has been getting quite a lot of underground attention in the last few years, and every bit of the praise directed to them is deserved. This is a huge breath of fresh air from all of the ultra-technical or brutal tendencies of so many other bands these days, being both decidedly old school and devilishly creative. For the uninitiated, Arghoslent play riff-oriented Death Metal with a huge Traditional Heavy Metal influence present in the songwriting style and riff construction, being vaguely reminiscent of bands like Slough Feg and Brocas Helm, but having its own unique flavour altogether, and I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't get enough of this stuff.
Boasting a fat, crunchy guitar tone that reminds me of Slough Feg's Twilight of the Idols, Arghoslent don't beat around the bush here - they just bash out a solid seven tracks of riffy, headbangable Metal and blasphemous, hateful lyrics that are also (surprisingly) very, very well written, even despite the subject matter at hand. Right from the opening aural attack of "Flogging the Cargo," this album doesn't let up, charging head-first into galloping, gleefully evil slabs of steel like "The Purging Fires of War," "Quelling the Simian Surge" and the best song here in the 8 minute instrumental title track - simply the best due to the sheer quantity of riffs at hand, given the length.
Don't let the band's ideologies get in the way of your enjoyment of Incorrigible Bigotry, for it is a masterclass in powerful songwriting and driving riffs and melodies, and plus, getting offended by Arghoslent's beliefs is exactly what they want in the end, anyway.
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