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Review: Sargon - Transcriptions

Label: Big Bang Music
Year released: 2005
Duration: 62:42
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 4, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 2/5 (40%) (9 Votes)

Last year I discovered this fine band and was really impressed with their Iron Maiden/Fates Warning inspired metal. I knew they were coming out with a proper debut to follow up their excellent demos, and I hoped they would put together a disc worthy of their talents. All my hopes have been fulfilled. At first glance at the cover I was worried that maybe Sargon had turned proggy on me or lost their edge, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Only two songs from the demos reappear here, but those are the signature "The Legend Of Sargon" and the awesome "Curse Of Akkad", so that's all good, the rest of the stuff is all new. On the "Mirage" demo I noticed a bit too much of a prog-rock vibe in places for my taste, but here Sargon are all metal. The riffing on here is really involved and complex as well as heavy, reminding me of Fates Warning in the old days. "Perfect" maybe isn't the strongest opener, but "In The Sand", "Gods Struggle" and "Nida" are expertly executed doses of fine metal brilliance. All must make way for the three-song epic "The Curse Of Akkad", which is pretty much an instant classic. It is a real treat to hear this awesome tune with sharper production and stronger vocals. With more practice and more time in the studio, Guitarist/Frontman Uri Nieto has grown into a really fine singer, and his strong vocal work highlights the whole album.

Once again Sargon stand out from the crowd with a strong middle-eastern flavor to their music, even pausing for some fine instrumentals with "Desert Sunset" and the very cool "Ziggurat". Quite a few Death and Black Metal bands have gone this route (Nile, Melechesh), but no traditional bands that I know of. And rather than a gimmick slapped on, it is really integral to the band's sound.

If you like other fine underground metal bands like Gods Of Fire or older Hanker, then this is a band not to miss. Sargon may be unknown, but with a debut this strong I don't see how that can continue. Recommended.

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