Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce the signing of critically acclaimed progressive rock band Argos for the release of their eagerly anticipated fifth album – entitled ‘Unidentified Dying Objects‘ – in Summer 2018.
This follow up to 2015’s warmly received ‘A Seasonal Affair‘ sees the Mainz-based quintet joined by a stellar guest list, including Andy Tillison (The Tangent), Linus Kåse (Änglagård, Brighteye Brison) and Marek Arnold (Damanek, Toxic Smile, Seven Steps To The Green Door and many others). ‘Unidentified Dying Objects‘ sees the band continue to develop their blend of Canterbury-scene influences and contemporary progressive rock, and also marks the debut studio performance as a full member of the band by keyboardist Thilo Brauss.
Thomas Klarmann, bassist and founder member of the band said “we happily agreed to join the Bad Elephant Music family – for this German progressive rock band, signing to a British label feels coming home!”
“I’ve loved Argos’ music since hearing their first album in 2009,” says David Elliott, BEM’s label manager, “and they’ve been a mainstay on my podcast ever since. When Thomas approached me about joining The Elephant I said ‘yes’ immediately. They’re one of the best prog bands around, and ‘Unidentified Dying Objects‘ is their best work yet.”
The new album, featuring stunning artwork from long-term collaborator Bernd Webler, will be released on 20th July 2018, with pre-orders available from mid-June.
Argos may be the most British-sounding progressive rock band to come out of Germany!
The band was originally conceived as a solo project by Thomas Klarmann, whose passion for progressive music was reignited on discovering the new progressive movement in the 1990s spearheaded by acts such Spock’s Beard and The Flower Kings. In partnership with vocalist and keyboards player Robert Gozon, Superdrama was formed, with drummer Ulf Jacobs offering his services after hearing the duo’s work on Myspace. The new trio, now called Argos, signed to Musea in 2008, releasing their eponymous debut album the following year.
Their second album ‘Circles‘ (2010) added guitarist and producer Rico Florczak to expand their sound, followed by ‘Cruel Symmetry‘ in 2012, and the highly-acclaimed ‘A Seasonal Affair‘ (2015) featuring guest talents Andy Tillison and Marek Arnold. The band also began performing live, including making a much-lauded appearance at the Summer’s End festival in 2014.
Now the band bring their unique blend of Canterbury scene influences and contemporary progressive rock into the Bad Elephant Music family, and look forward to releasing their latest work, ‘Unidentified Dying Objects‘, in 2018.
Thomas Klarmann – Bass, flute, guitars, keyboards, vocals
Robert Gozon – keyboards, guitars, vocals
Ulf Jacobs – drums, percussion, vocals
Rico Florczak – guitars, vocals
Thilo Brause – keyboards, melodica, violin