German act Argos explores a musical landscape heavily influenced by vintage symphonic progressive rock; with leanings towards folk, jazz and pop – with contemporary musical details as the last but vital ingredient.
Argos is a band that combines the eclectic style of bands like Gentle Giant and Van Der Graaf Generator with the Canterbury sound and modern prog artists
Argos have released five album Unidentified Dying Objects was released three years ago, and in July their sixth album entitled The Other Life would be released.
German act Argos initially started out as a solo project by multi-instrumentalist and composer Thomas Klarmann, an experienced musician who started out in prog and fusion bands in the 70’s. He abandoned the progressive part of the music scene more and more as time went by though, concentrating on jazz, but when he discovered the new progressive movement in the mid 90’s spearheaded by acts like Flower Kings and Spock’s Beard, the passion for making and performing progressive music returned as well.
A chance meeting with Robert Gozon eventually lead to the formation of Superdrama, a four man strong band still active.
Klarmann wished to explore a broader style of music than what he could do in this band though, and started composing songs for a solo project in 2005. Gozon soon got involved though, and they set up a MySpace page where those interested in the project could listen to the material they produced.
One day Ulf Jacobs, a passionate lover of progressive music as well as a skilled drummer and composer, came across the page. he found the music highly compelling and contacted the band, offering his services.
The solo project, now expanded to a trio, started recording songs soon after, and were signed to French label Musea Records in 2008. Their self-titled debut album Argos was issued in January 2009
In April 2010 Musea released the new Argos album called Circles. They developed to a four piece crew with Rico Florczak added on guitar. The band is also part of a Flower Kings Tribute published by Musea in cooperation with the Colossus Magazine.
1. Chameleon Sky
2. Broken Mirror
3. The Twilight Mind
4. Johnny Head-in-Air
5. I Carry Light
6. The Trial of the Pyx
7. Weak End
8. The Shall See Hotel
9. The Library of the Future
Thomas Klarmann – bass, flute, keyboards & soundscapes, lead & backing vocals
Robert Gozon – lead vocals & keyboards
Bogáti-Bokor Ákos (Yesterdays) – electric, acoustic & bass guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Ulf Jacobs – drums & percussion, backing vocals
Stephanie Semeniuc (Yesterdays) – backing vocals
Marek Arnold (Seven Steps To The Green Door, Cyril, Toxic Smile, Damanek, U.P.F.) – saxophone
Thilo Brauss – keyboards & organs