F U L L . R E V I E W S
Reviving The Truth
Company: Lights Out
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Argument Soul - Reviving The Truth - 2004 - Lights Out Records
Power thrash engine with plenty of furious fret work
This is normally the part where I spell out the band's history to you. Unfortunately I don't know what their history is because most of their info is in Jap. Those funny little characters have always confused me. That isn't a language, its like a bad game of pictionary. Anyhoo, let's get down to business. From a few listens to this album the obvious influence is Iced Earth and to a degree Floridian metal in general. Vocalist Toshinori Kamiya proves to have a strong set of pipes, hitting some amazing high notes but for the most part staying true to form by delivering a mid-tempo thrash delivery. Guitarist Kenichi Teraoka and Takahiro Kawashima hook up for some vicious combo work, really working together like James McDonough and Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth. The production brought to the table by Lights Out is just fantastic, really allowing the bass plenty of up front attention and carrying Isao Honda's drum work very high in the mix.
With cuts like "Slaughter In A Silent Storm", the two guitarists really shine. With fast and wicked chops Argument Soul really set themselves up with a solid foundation. Vocalist Kamiya really fits the music perfectly, allowing his band plenty of room to shine. And shine they do with some phenomenal lead work from the rhythm section, at times recalling Loudness and even Annihilator, crossing the entire globe for inspiration. You just can't go wrong there. Other strong cuts are the German power-prog feel of "Face Yourself", the blazing but stirring "Blind Emotion", and the thrashy speed monster "Total Destruction". Each song really brings a thrash/speed feel to it while Kamiya never gets too over the top, really displaying a ton of patience and maturity to just let his band "play it out".
Fans of Iced Earth, Annihilator, and even Metal Church will find plenty to like here. I don't hear much Queensryche and find it odd that references were made to them. Argument Soul are built upon a power thrash engine with plenty of furious fret work to entertain the "neo classical" metal heads out there. Japan proves they have more to offer than just Loudness and Anthem, and with Argument Soul's strong release, the metal world should be fast approaching that global discussion of just who is who when it comes to thee newcomers. Argument Soul should not be left out. Look beyond Germany and Finland when looking at this sort of hybrid.
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.
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