Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Argos - Unidentified Dying Objects (2018)
The fifth album from this German band.
Argos is a quintet on this album with a lineup of bass, mellotron, synths, keyboards, guitars, electric and acoustic piano, percussion, drums, organ, clavinet, melodica and vocals.
Four other musicians, including Andy Tillison, adds some keyboards, saxophones, trumpet and clarinet.
This album comes with a great cover art-work which promises a lot.
I reviewed their 2015 album A Seasonal Affair last month and found a very good album. Read my review here.
I have always regarded this band as one of the better bands in the pretty big German neo-prog scene. Perhaps they are the best band in that scene.
The band continues on from 2015 with a pretty dark album. Van Der Graaf Generator and Peter Hammell springs to mind again. But Argos music is not as dark as that.
This time, you can add symphonic prog too and not so much neo-prog. Well, remove neo-prog altogether. Label it VDGG influenced symphonic prog.
There is a lot of keyboards/synths and guitars interplays here. The music is very complex and perhaps too complex throughout this one hour long album. There is not many hooks here. Not many straight melodies either.
The music is still very good and proves that Argos is one of the best European bands out there. The quality need a lift next time around, though.