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Release Date: December 04, 2012
Catalog ID: NEF-06


01 black with birds
02 final throes
03 unnamed guns
04 blasfamous
05 forming the flock
06 behind the guise
07 the victor the fallen
08 dethroned
09 suffrage
10 will & destruction
11 soulsfate


Aaron Roemig – bass/vox
Mike Rataj – drums
Mike Scheid – guitar/vox/hammond

Engineered & mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording
Mastered by Matt Dewine at Pieholden Suite Sound
Photos by John Mourlas
Illustrations by Aaron Block


  • “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 with clanking shields, hacked-off limbs and bloodthirsty bellowing.” –

  • “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

  • “…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.” – Chicago Reader

  • “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

  • 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 now.” – SSGmusic

  • “…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

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