We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.
The topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we are excited to continue this ongoing series with an entry written by the members of Argus.
Killer female-fronted traditional heavy metal band from the Iron City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They’ve been around for about 4 to 5 years, but just released an album last year (on vinyl via Cobra Cabana Records) and reissued on it CD in 2013 (on Inferno Records from France).
The band first caught my attention when Argus played a show with them and Bible of the Devil back in ’09. Deb’s powerhouse vocals, which reminded me of a raw/raging heavy metal Pat Benatar, and energetic stage presence were a distinct focal point along with the band’s unique nod to classic NWOBHM. Since that performance, I was sold; and, they’ve easily become one of my personal favorites!
Hailing from Harrisonburg, Virginia, Valkyrie sounds like the all best elements of ‘70s rock fused into one band. Twin guitar harmonies are the focal point, with anthemic vocals thrown in for good measure.
Every time we have played with them live, they bring an insane energy to the stage — easily one of my favorite live bands. They may not be unknown, but they’re certainly not as known as they should be. Pete has been busy with Baroness as of late, but he assures me they are working on their third album. I can’t wait.
Out of the Great Northeast comes the mighty Ogre. Fusing ‘70s inspired heavy rock, progressive rock, doom and good old fashioned heavy metal all filtered through comic books and science fiction, the three headed beast that is Ogre has been wreaking sonic havoc more savage than Ghidorah himself could ever dream of since 1999.
The band has released three full-lengths to date, each accomplished, brilliant and somewhat crazed all at once: Dawn of the Proto-Man, Seven Hells and Plague of the Planet, which is a brilliant concept album.
We spent a lot of time spinning Plague of the Planet in the Argus van on road trips and it remains my favorite of their albums and, indeed, one of my favorite albums period in recent memory. Now after several dormant years the band has released a limited edition rarities comp called Second-Hand Demons that preceded the news that a new album is on the way!
Having seen the band live several times I can safely say they can back it all up live and then some. Rock solid rhythms, ripping lead guitar work and Ed’s unique voice that ranges from a Liebling-esque middle register to a high wail. Seriously one of the most jaw-droppingly killer bands around. Fans of Sabbath, Rush, Pentagram, Priest, Blue Oyster Cult etc seriously need to check these guys out.
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