five years of silence, the christian industrial music project known
as Argyle Park returns. A while
back Argyle Park received some criticism from the Christian community
stating that the music on their debut release Misguided was not
very christian due to it’s extremely dark, angry and negative content.
The musicians of the band were outraged by these accusations and decided
to end the project. However, the fans spoke out demanding another Argyle
Park release. It only made sense that people would want more music
from a project as unique and interesting as Argyle Park.
The original Argyle Park
project was headed by Buka and Klay Scott (Circle
of Dust/Celldweller). Somewhere down the line Buka decided to
create a new Argyle Park album, but Klay wasn’t going to be a
part of it. So Dan Levler of the band Level
took Klay’s spot and AP2 was born.
of Disbelief is basically a new Argyle Park release. Everything
that made Misguided such a treat to listen to returns on this
powerful album. The CD opens with the instrumental track “The End”.
It features vocal samples taken from Misguided. I assume that
this track is AP2's way of saying that Argyle Park has
ended and AP2 has begun.
Track two “Heroin Hate”
is an intense fast paced energetic guitar thrashing industrial rock
song that is aggressive, but does calm down a bit along the way with
electronics coming in along with clean melodic male singing.
Track three “My Sympathies”
mixes shouting male vocals with drum & bass music and guitars. It also
calms down during its playing course with beautiful synth melodies joined
by well sung clean vocals provided by Klay Scott.
Track four “A Thousand
Terrible Things” is a dark ambient instrumental that seems out of
place. I consider it just filler that gets in the way of the other songs.
Track five “Silhouette
of Rage” is another heavy and aggressive industrial rock song that
mixes angry vocals with guitars and creative sounding electronic effects.
Track six “A New Wound”
starts off slow and melodic with dark ambient music and soothing male
vocals. But it explodes into anger and aggression along the way featuring
yelling vocals and guitars.
Track seven “The Red Shirt
Conspiracy” is a pure hard and heavy straight forward punk thrash
assault with vocals shouting, guitars thrashing and drums smashing.
Track eight “The Pact”
is a dark instrumental with chanting and an earthly edge very similar
to that of Delerium. It’s a well placed instrumental that works.
Track nine “Resurrection
of the Ravens” is an amazing and emotional song with a clean polish.
It’s energetic with techno electronics combined with beautiful synth
harmonies. The singing is performed by Klay Scott, and really compliments
the overall song.
Track ten “Goodbye”
is a medium paced dark electro track with a lot of layered sounds and
solid drum beats. The singing is moody and melodic.
Track eleven “The Only
Man I Know” is another guitar driven industrial rock song with good
melody and structure combined with well sung harmonic male vocals.
Track twelve “Cold Breath
of Sorrow” is a short dark and noisy experimental instrumental that
ends the album. If you’re a fan of heavy industrial rock music, you
can’t miss this AP2 album. It’s loaded with creativity, variety
and energy. Each song is different, and they all go together well.