Argument Soul - Conflict Of Crisis (AmpHead)

Combining power metal, thrash and hard rock, Japan's Argument Soul deliver their newest release in Conflict Of Crisis.

When you normally think of a power metal band, you might think of a band from Europe or in some cases, Australia or US/Canada. Well, Japan's Argument Soul are a proud representative of their nation, and they come out swinging with the follow up to their debut album Reviving The Truth in Conflict Of Crisis (Amphead).

Kicking off with the explosive title track, Conflict Of Crisis is like a musical rollercoaster. It has its high octane power metal passages which build up into insane thrash rhythms, and then segue down into tracks in more of a hard rock vein.

Their metal element is well covered in tracks like the old-school power metal infused Destiny, the Bay Area thrash tribute of To Shine Your Life, and the marathon-like Belief Never Betrays You, which will keep the listeners headbanging with horns raised.

On the rock side, tracks like the anthemic Overcome All, the emotion filled Live In The Feeling Of Love, and the straight-ahead rocker of Memoirs Of Life cool things down nicely, and keep the album well balanced.

Argument Soul fires on all cylinders. Their performance is top notch: guitarists Yoshiyasu Maruyama and Kenichi Teraoka have some killer chops and technique, ranging from all out shred into heavy powerful rhythm playing and even shimmering clean passages. The rhythm section of bassist Toshihiko Mase and drummer Junji Igaki are solid and are more than capable of keeping up with the guitar pyrotechnics.

Vocalist Toshinori Kamiya has a unique voice, which reminds me of ex-Dungeon/Current Lord vocalist Lord Tim (who provides some backing vocals on a few tracks) mixed with Queensryche's Geoff Tate. For someone whose first language is not English, Kamiya does an excellent job hitting high notes and ranges with his enunciation and an overall strong peformance. He even reminded me of Axl Rose in a passage in Samsara.

Conflict Of Crisis
is a solid metal album. It has something for everyone: it has thrash, it has power metal and it has rock. These guys are definitely one of the shining lights of the Japanese metal scene and are ready to take on the world.

Do yourselves a favour and have a listen, also these guys really shine on the live stage, if they come through your town, make an effort to see them live, you will not be disappointed.

Argument Soul's Conflict Of Crisis is out now on Amphead.