The debut full-length album by Japanese Power Metal band.
Argument Soul is promised to be in the style of Iced Earth, Vicious Rumors, and early Queensryche. With their debut release on Lights Out Records, Argument Soul opens to a new breed of Power/Thrash Metal, one that really takes into effect what has come before it and adds a foreign spin on it. Let's face it, nobody plays exceptional guitar riffs and virtuoso like the Japanese and that is exactly what you get here. This new record is a really good offering and a good example of the type of bands coming out of the Orient.
From a few listens to this album the obvious influence is Iced Earth and to a degree Floridian Metal in general. Vocalist Toshinori Kamiya proves to have a strong set of pipes, hitting some amazing high notes but for the most part staying true to form by delivering a mid-tempo Thrash delivery. Guitarist Kenichi Teraoka and Takahiro Kawashima hook up for some vicious combo work, really working together like James McDonough and Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth. The production really allowing the bass plenty of up front attention and carrying Isao Honda's drum work very high in the mix.
With cuts like "Slaughter In A Silent Storm", the two guitarists really shine. With fast and wicked chops Argument Soul really set themselves up with a solid foundation. Vocalist Kamiya really fits the music perfectly, allowing his band plenty of room to shine. And shine they do with some phenomenal lead work from the rhythm section, at times recalling Loudness and even Annihilator, crossing the entire globe for inspiration. You just can't go wrong there. Other strong cuts are the German Power-Prog feel of "Face Yourself", the blazing but stirring "Blind Emotion", and the Thrashy Speed monster "Total Destruction". Each song really brings a Thrash/Speed feel to it while Kamiya never gets too over the top, really displaying a ton of patience and maturity to just let his band "play it out".
Fans of Iced Earth, Annihilator, and even Metal Church will find plenty to like here. Argument Soul are built upon a Power/Thrash engine with plenty of furious fret work to entertain the Neo-Classical Metal heads out there. Japan proves they have more to offer than just Loudness and Anthem, and with Argument Soul's strong release, the Metal world should be fast approaching that global discussion of just who is who when it comes to these newcomers. Argument Soul should not be left out! Look beyond Germany and Finland when looking at this sort of hybrid!!
CD comes with OBI.
Lights Out Records, 2004 (LOCD-020). Made in Japan. First press.
1. Slaughter In A Silent Storm 6:19
2. Glory In The Past 5:06
3. Never Come Tomorrow 4:55
4. Total Destruction 6:35
5. In My Soul 5:26
6. Alone In Time 5:10
7. Face Yourself 5:26
8. The Scum Of Society 4:11
9. Blind Emotion 5:20
10. Reviving The Truth 6:19
Total playing time: 54:47 min.