Dec 6, 2012
Argus – "Blood Fire Beer" EP ...
The Thin Lizzy cover is equally as impressive. Of course 'Johnny' is one of those timeless Lizzy tracks that doesn't deserve to be messed with and thankfully Argus give it the quality treatment it deserves. The Floyd cover is a bit of a musical adventure for the band but they still nail it but the band seem right at home covering Thin Lizzy. Along with the 2 covers, you also get three live tracks - 'Pieces of Our Smile,' 'From Darkness...Light' and 'Devils Devils.' Argus are a killer live act so there is very little danger of the band recording inferior versions of these songs and indeed, they do not disappoint. However as good as all those tracks are, they are overshadowed by one of the very best Argus tracks ever titled 'The Hands of Time Are Bleeding.' This tune with the trademark Argus twin guitars weaving their magic is a pure monster cut with classic riffing, stunning unforgettable melody and fantastic lead work. The EP is worth getting anyway you can just for this track alone. This track is breath-taking in every detail.
Not many bands marry proto-doom, traditional heavy metal and classic melodic 70's rock as well as Argus do and this EP is a gem. It has already reached collectors status and it is certainly an EP worth getting hold of, even if you have to illegally download it and that is something I don't say often but it will be worth it to hear this little EP. 'Blood, Fire, Beer' might be sold out but these tracks need to be re-released, they just have to be, they are that good....9.5/10.
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