Category Archives: NEF-06

Blabbermouth reviews “I”

“Most likely, this band derives its namesake from the Roman general Flavius Arbogastes, aka Arbogast (said to have been birthed in barbarian lands), since their debut full-length I sounds like an entire garrison thrust into the heat of battle, complete…


Decibel reviews “I”

“Seriously, how is this band not already signed, touring with (and blowing away) the likes of High on Fire and The Sword? The world is a cruel and unjust place…” – Decibel

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Chicago Reader reviews “I”

“…complex, engagingly brainy metal, driven by righteous political fury—the band reserves a special place in Hades for the rich and exploitative—and leavened with quiet, clean breaks whose breathing room really just sets up the next charge of jackhammer force.” –…


Terrorizer reviews “I”

“It doesn’t usually help quoting a press release name-dropping bands the Chicago-based Arbogast played with, but in this case an exception can be made. Why? Because doing so could shed a light on the diversity of styles the band incorporate on their debut, on the masterful way with which the various strands are weaved into a complex yet cohesive metal thing, and also hint towards a certain density that is occasionally overbearing, impenetrable and disengaging; Bison BC, Gates of Slumber, Across Tundras, Goes Cube, Tidal Arms. Confused? Okay, then imagine At The Drive In meets Mastodon. But not yet as amazing as what that might sound like when their full potential is realised.” – Terrorizer


SSGmusic reviews “I”

“Arbogast introduces themselves with a record that harkens back to an age when metal, punk, and post-hardcore all lived comfortably together. Their debut album, I , is an excellent effort, and deserves much more recognition than it will get for…


A.V. Club reviews “I”

“…successfully fuses the well-deep riffing of doom metal with the head-banging aggression of thrash and hardcore punk, a blend it manages successfully across the record’s 11 tracks.” – The Onion’s A.V. Club


The New Noise reviews ‘I’

Those of you not fluent in Italian can refer to the mediocre translations of this awesome review provided by Bing and Google. “Divagazioni a base di sludge/doom impregnato di groove e di furia hardcore, contaminato da prog, noise e dissonanze…

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MetalSucks reviews ‘I’

“A band with a black metal-y name that sounds like early Refused with a shot of sludge — That describes this Chicago trio on their debut LP.” – MetalSucks

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Mxdwn reviews “I”

“Tremolo guitars grapple with hard-hit drums as the battle rages on between the classes. Each song sets a scene so effectively you’d think the concept album was meant for a film.” – Mxdwn


Sludgelord reviews ‘I’

“Arbogast have released a stunning and outstanding album that should hopefully propel them amongst the elite of Sludge Metal as they have some major fucking talent that deserves to be heard on a bigger stage as possible.” – Sludgelord