Saturday, 6 October 2018
Argos - A Seasonal Affair (2015)
The fourth album from this German band.
The band is a quartet on this album with a lineup of drums, bass, percussion, flute, keyboards, guitars and vocals.
Three guest musicians, including Andy Tillison, helps out on sax and keyboards.
I have really enjoyed their first three albums and have always rated this band as one of the best bands in the German neo-prog scene. You can read two of my reviews in # 1 of this blog.
The band has slightly changed direction on this album. The band sets the tone on the first song of the album. A tone closer to the world of Van Der Graaf Generator than before.
There is indeed a lot of that British band and Peter Hammell in the music on this album. There is also some Canterbury prog and a lot of neo-prog too on this album.
The tone is darker. The music is still melodic and pretty complex. Well, make that complex.
It is not really easy to follow the songs and melodies on this album. Some of the reasons is that the music here is not as great as I hoped. I rate this band very highly indeed and this album is slightly a let down and drop in form.
This one hour long album is still an album who should please everyone into neo-prog and complex, dark prog. It is also a very good album well worth checking out.