Four years after the release Beyond the Martyrs, mighty U.S. heavy metal torchbearers Argus have returned with From Fields of Fire on Cruz Del Sur Music! From Fields of Fire is the defining moment from a band that has delivered the goods album after album. It is the highlight of their career to date and it is an album that will be seen as a highlight in heavy metal circles, not just this year, but for years to come.
Argus no longer needs an introduction. Three studio albums, three EPs, several European tours and US showcases and festival appearances have established the name of Argus as an established force in the heavy metal universe. Yet, Argus is a band not content to rest on its achievements. This is a band that is still hungry – a growing and strengthening animal that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Judging from the outside almost nothing seems to have changed this time around on From Fields of Fire. Another exceptional and visionary cover provided by Brad Moore, and an Intro/Outro on the tracklist, another of Argus’ trademarks through all their records. But it’s when you get on the inside when you bite this album below the flesh to the bones that you realize Argus has not only been able to maintain their uniqueness, but the band has raised the quality of their creativity and therefore raised the stakes for their future. There’s a definite step ahead in terms of production and songwriting, which has reached the highest quality with the addition of producer and guitarist Dave Watson and bassist Justin Campbell in the line-up. The tense opener “Devils of Your Time” and the emotional closing “No Right to Grieve” are the songs that most clearly express their courage and confidence of exploring unusual sonic paths.
But it’s the entire album that confirms that Argus is probably the best band nowadays to pay homage to traditional heavy metal without merely aping their heroes. This is true metal with doom elements, two worlds that often touch, but have never been as well synthesized into a single, organic sound as they are here. From Fields of Fire features some real heavy metal gems: the infectious melodies and guitar-drive of “You Are the Curse” and “216,” the moody “Hour of Longing,” the galloping sound of “As a Thousand Thieves” and the borderline epic, ever-shifting majesty of “Infinite Lives, Infinite Doors.”
From Fields of Fire is an album that whose parts are as strong as the whole, where each track is a highlight; yet, it is also an album that demands to be absorbed as a whole where the music, lyrics, and atmosphere reach deep inside of you and take root as your appreciation of this band and this music grows to be a part of you.
From Fields of Fire track listing:
1. “Into The Fields Of Fire”
2. “Devils Of Your Time”
3. “As A Thousand Thieves”
5. “You Are The Curse”6. “Infinite Lives Infinite Doors”
7. “Hour Of Longing”
8. “No Right To Grieve”
9. “From The Fields Of Fire”
Brian ‘Butch’ Balich – vocals
Dave Watson – guitars
Jason Mucio – guitars
Justin Campbell – bass
Kevin Latchaw – drums