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arbogast – I

Review by Jason Guest

Nefarious Industries

With an EP, a split with A Fucking Elephant (what a great band name!), and a demo in 2011 behind them, Chicago’s arbogast’s début album, I, is upon us. Incorporating angular post-hardcore, thrash, noise rock, and sludge, arbogast throw jazz into the already eccentric equation. The result is a sound that is very different and their diatribes against the privileged few that continue to subjugate the masses is all the more vicious for it.

While opener ‘Black With Birds’ is an ambient instrumental, the second track ‘Final Throes’ introduces the band proper. The wall of angry guitars, hammered drums, and shouted vocals that explode before us makes this band increasingly hard to categorise. Good. Bands that make music by the numbers are nothing less than boring. arbogast are all versatile musicians and they work well together to create a tight and focussed unit. What’s evident is that they listen to each other and respond to what they’re playing and so the songs evolution is inherent in the final version and much more potent. The sludge and doom passages blend seamlessly with the fast-paced thrash and all-out hardcore/punk feel to the tracks, while the melodic aspect of the band shines through and drags the listener into the maelstrom. Throwing together such disparate sounds poses a serious risk for a lot of bands, to which many fall foul, and this could have easily been a mess. But arbogast make it all work. And very well. This is a solid début and well worth checking out.

8 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Black With Birds
  2. Final Throes
  3. Unnamed Guns
  4. Blasfamous
  5. Forming The Flock
  6. Behind The Guise
  7. The Victor The Fallen
  8. Dethroned
  9. Suffrage
  10. Will & Destruction
  11. Soulsfate

 

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  1. […] “The wall of angry guitars, hammered drums, and shouted vocals that explode before us makes this band increasingly hard to categorise. Good. Bands that make music by the numbers are nothing less than boring. arbogast are all versatile musicians and they work well together to create a tight and focussed unit. What’s evident is that they listen to each other and respond to what they’re playing and so the songs evolution is inherent in the final version and much more potent. The sludge and doom passages blend seamlessly with the fast-paced thrash and all-out hardcore/punk feel to the tracks, while the melodic aspect of the band shines through and drags the listener into the maelstrom. Throwing together such disparate sounds poses a serious risk for a lot of bands, to which many fall foul, and this could have easily been a mess. But arbogast make it all work. And very well. This is a solid début and well worth checking out.” – The Midlands Rocks […]