Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Arghoslent - Incorrigible Bigotry (2002)

Every once in a while, you come across one of those albums. Something so killer, so memorable, so incredibly well done that you know you will be listening to it for as long as you're physically capable of hearing things. For me, Incorrigible Bigotry, the second album by Arghoslent, is one of those albums. They set the bar high with Galloping Though The Battle Ruins and yet they easily toppled it with this release. The same line-up appears here, with all their splendor and talent for writing great, memorable death metal.

The first thing you'll notice when you listen to IB is the beefed up production values. The guitars, the bass, the vocals, and the drums all sound much fuller and aggressive than on the previous album. The reigning kings of death metal riff writing Pogrom and Holocausto continually destroy the listener with their disease, their "infection of riffs" as they call it. Von Demonicus vocals slice right through the mix with hatred and venom that deliver a sonic kick to the crotch to the listener. Kommando's bass fills out the rest of the sound with his chugging rhythms. And not to be forgotten, Alienchrist pummels his drum set into dust on this record.

Right at the start, "Flogging The Cargo" annihilates you with a a blistering solo and riff combination, with AC's dominating drumming knocking you senseless. VD comes in with the vocals and you know you are in for a round of unimaginably killer death metal. The carnage continues through "Flogging..." and the power is ramped up on "The Purging Fires Of War". This is one of the more dynamic tracks on the album, ranging from the galloping opening rhythms to the chugging middle section concluding in the demonic ending. With the riff work like this, who needs other death metal bands?

"Quelling The Simian Surge" has some of the more incendiary lyrics on the album. But then those riffs kick in and all you can concentrate on is how hard this song rules. There's a sense of emotion and glorious melancholy over the chorus and that makes this one of my favorite Arghoslent songs ever. Not to be outdone, "Heirs To Perdition" reigns darkness over all. And "Archaic Invincibility" throttles its listener by switching between swift, escalating riffing and a slower, much more thundering sound. Of course, all throughout these tunes Pogrom and Holocaust sprinkle their brilliant leads to captivate and enthrall all who dare listen to their music.

The 8-minute instrumental title track is again, a flawless exercise in death metal. Anyone who wants a crash course in Arghoslent should just listen to this. They beat you over the head with riffs and solos in this song. "Hereditary Taint" is the final song on the album. Without mercy, Arghoslent terminate your existence in a flurry of illegally evil riffing.

Incorrigible Bigotry is one of my favorite death metal albums of all time. This easily stands amongst all of the other classics of the genre. Compare your favorite death metal album to this and then kill yourself.

Verdict: Epic Win [10/10] (depths of moldering graves)

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