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Neo-Prog • Netherlands


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A Dutch act ARGUS were founded as a brainchild of Ton van EXTEL (rhythm guitar) and Wim WASSENBERG (guitar, backing vocals), both of whom have played the music together at a local club since 1970s.

They say they had incubated the idea of the project for a long while. Ton and Wim invited Ed de GROOT (bass) and Ed's old fellow Frans NOOIJEN (keyboards, vocals) and finally their project got started in 2008. In 2010 Jos van der HEUVEL joined the unit but sadly Jos left them soon due to a doctor's advice and was replaced by Sven as a drummer who cooperated their debut album for a short while.

In mid 2015 ARGUS were reborn whilst Marijn SCHELLEKENS attended as the new drummer. Their debut album "Tell Me!" was released in January 2016.

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3.09 | 3 ratings
Tell Me!
2016
3.89 | 8 ratings
The Outsider
2020

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 The Outsider by ARGUS album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.89 | 8 ratings

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The Outsider
Argus Neo-Prog

Review by friso
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4 stars Argus is a Dutch neo-progressive group that started as a Wishbone Ash tribute group. When Frans Nooijen (keyboards, vocals) joined the band started working on new material. 'The Outsider' is the second album of this band. The band does offer those twin guitars and rockin' vibes we know from Wishbone Ash, but this is quite clearly a band in the tradition of early Marillion. Add some Pink Floyd if you will. The music also reminds me a bit of another Dutch album; Mangrove's 'Facing the Sunset' (also comes highly recommended). Atmospheric, melodic and a bit sentimental. You'll hear the music itself tell a story. The lyrics are about personal and societal issues. All six tracks are above the seven minute mark. The melodic rock guitar by Wim Wassenberg is proudly put forward during the song's most intense moments. The band has some nice psychedelic / symphonic interludes, like for instance on the opening of 'Visions' - a song that also has a grand guitar lead opening section. Often the synth sounds are spot on what I like in modern prog. Like many other bands Argus will try to write lyrics like those of Marillion's Fish and get a bit lost in singing about personal platitudes without the appropriate vocal theatrics/personality that legitimize such lyrics. Furthermore, I think the album could have been tighter by only printing the first three songs and the final track 'Breaking Chains', on which the band flexes its creative muscles most notably. Argus seems to prosper when the compositions are up-tempo, flexible and full of ideas and sound pallets - like on the dark opening track 'Depressed'. The album is available on cd and a double vinyl, which is nice! The production sound is quite pleasant, though the band does not benefit from the maximum impact good dynamic mixing has to offer. In conclusion, Argus delivered an album that really should further their career in the Dutch progressive rock landscape. 'The Outsider' has likely slipped under the radar of many readers here and I would warmly recommend trying it if you like symphonic and neo- progressive music. For instance on the website of 'progstreaming.nl'. Rating is 3,5 stars.
 Tell Me! by ARGUS album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Tell Me!
Argus Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Argus (don't be confused with many bands with same name) is from Holland formed around 2008 and releasing their first album this year 2016 named Tell me. The music is pretty much ok most of the time, with influences from Pink Floyd in places, old british school like Genesis, Camel , neo prog a la Pendragon but aswell with their country fellows like Hangover Paradise among others. Melodic guitar lines, nice minimoog passages and hammond parts all done under neo prog flag with symphonic touches here and there. All pieces are over 7 min, with quite nice elaborated parts, even far from great or original, but well done. overall Crisis the opening, ot the title track are ok at best, like the rest I might saying.So, 3 solid stars maybe 3,5 stars in places, well done, well produce, well played. A nice one.
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