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Review: Sargon - Mirage

Label: Independent
Year released: 2002
Duration: 33:44
Tracks: 4
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: August 4, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 1.64/5 (32.73%) (11 Votes)

No, I am not smoking crack. This band is that good, and if you have not clicked on over to their site to listen to their music, you should get thee hence. I get a good number of demos in the mail, and usually my response is something like 'back to the drawing board guys'. Not this time. This time I get the rare opportunity to say: "This band is going places".

Sargon play epic Heavy Metal in the classic Iron Maiden/Helloween style with sharp harmonizing riffs, long songs full of time changes, and the ever-present crunch. This particular demo is just a feast for the old-school metalhead. The recording on this demo (their second) is much better than the last time, and the band sounds even better and tighter as a result. And the songwriting has gotten even sharper, catchier, and more epic than before. The slight progressive tendencies they showed on the "Oath Of Akkad" demo are given fuller reign here, cluminating in the fifteen-minute epic "The Curse of Akkad". Very few bands can pull off a fifteen minute song at all, but Sargon do it very well. It does lag a bit here and there, but overall it is an enormously involving piece of work, and "The Curse Of Akkad" is darned close to a classic. I can detect overall a sort of proggy feel slipping into the songwriting (especially on "Shattered World"), but as long as they keep writing songs about cool stuff like ancient empires and keep the metal flowing, I ain't gonna complain. The only places I have to dock this demo any points is in the recording department – while better than last time out, it still isn't great. And in the vocals: Oriel sounds better than before, but still a bit shaky in places, as though unsure of himself. I hope and presume that a better recording job will clear that right up.

This band is going into the studio next month to record a debut album, and I for one will be right up front to get one as soon as it's out. We have Death and Black bands that are doing the whole Mideastern thing, but no Traditional Metal bands, so I think this band could go far with that concept. Backed by such killer songwriting and musicianship, I don't see how they could not. Sargon are a band to watch for, quote me on that.

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