Genre: Epic/Heavy/Doom
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year: 2017

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Argus since their obscure demo recordings and 8 since their debut effort. It is also the year that Pennsylvania finest unleashes ‘From Fields of Fire’, their fourth long-player and third for Cruz del Sur Music. It’s been such a long journey since their early days then but the band grew so rapidly and turned into a well-kept secret of the U.S. metal underground. Of course, nobody claims that these guys reinvented steel or did anything extra ordinaire in terms of originality, but you just can’t ignore a band that can write songs like the 11-minute anthem ‘Infinite Lives, Infinite Doors’, the guitar triumph/ode to Maidenisque melodies ‘216’, or the equally brilliant as simple ‘You Are The Fire’ on the same record. Heavy Metal needs albums that features songs that the audience can remember their titles, sing their choruses, remember their lyrics and the hooks and understand which is it from the first note. Everybody is sick and tired (of being sick and tired) of mediocre releases that only fanatics can name 2-3 song titles and most refer to as ‘the 4th track’ or the closing one…Everything on ‘From Fields of Fire’ is grandiose. The performance of the band, the variety of emotions and tempos, the (crystal clear) production, the pompous drumming by Kevin Latchaw, the catchy choruses, the memorable hooks, the excellent dual guitars by Mucio/Watson, the clearly audible bass of Justin Campbell that gives extra volume to the solid sound, the passionate singing of Brian “Butch” Balich (and probably his top moment in his career) and mostly and above all the songs! There’s a balance between epic doom references (‘No Right to Grieve’) and straight forward traditional heavy metal elements (‘As Thousand Thieves’) that is keeping the listener’s attention 100% throughout the 55 minutes of top-notch songcraft and brilliant Heavy Metal crescendo. Don’t try to find out standing moments as the album is a huge success and a highlight in its entirety!!!

5/6