|Review: Argharus - Pleistas|
Label: Inferna Profundus Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 1, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.1/5 (82%) (10 Votes)
I usually look for something different when listening to a new Black Metal release. Honestly, I can listen to a multitude of generic sounding Power Metal bands and not get bored, but a Black Metal band has got to do something different to catch my attention. The blast beats and unintelligible vocals just don't get it done by themselves. I was both surprised and, at the same time, repulsed by Argharus' debut full-length album Pleistas.
Hailing from Lithuania, Argharus purveys a pretty generic style of Black Metal on Pleistas. Lots of ultra slow, evil riffs alternating with hyper-speed blast beat drumming and the mandatory harsh vocals from vocalist/bassist, 7. The lyrics appear to be in Lithuanian, so it's hard to know what 7 is singing about, but even if they were in English, I'm guessing I still wouldn't know. Suffice to say, it sounds crushingly dark and oppressive. The songs all run together, with not much to differentiate one from another, with competent playing heard throughout. The production is right down the middle: not too raw and not too polished.
The two songs that stood out to me (for vastly different reasons) were "Mano ligos – Tavo ligos" and "Unnamed Track." The latter is nothing more than three minutes of static fading in and out. Fun to listen to? Not in the slightest. Different? Absolutely, and I give props to the band for trying something different. "Mano ligos – Tavo ligos" features the growling harsh vocals typical of the album, but about midway through, 7 starts making retching/vomiting sounds and goes on for several minutes like this. After a while my stomach started to turn and I had to change the song. I'm not sure what he was going for here, but making a listener want to turn off your album probably wasn't it.
If standard issue Black Metal with a few, atypical elements sounds interesting, then check out Pleistas. Otherwise, you can safely steer clear.
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