Good Start for Quo Vadis, but not as Good as What Came Next
This is good album by Quo Vadis, but if you've listened to anything off their later two full-lengths "Day Into Night" and "Defiant Imagination", you'll probably agree with me when I boldly state, this just isn't up to par them. Part of it I'm sure has to do with the weak production this album exhibits which arguably hinders the enjoyment of the great music that is displayed on this album. That though, is not the only thing that drags it down. It seems to be devoid a certain direction unlike their later releases. I may just be splitting hairs as far as that aspect goes, but I just didn't get that much fulfillment from this release.
Don't get me wrong, this album displays some very unique and brutal riffs, and the song structure is crafted quite well, but the riffs aren't real memorable. What I do like though is that they have a violin that is quite prevalent on this album and it adds a nice touch to some of the slower parts in the songs.
The violin is real nice, but unfortunately, it was rid of when it came to recording "Day Into Night" and has since ceased to exist. It's not all that bad though because Quo Vadis have since adopted a bit more of a brutal sound in which the violin and the guitars probably wouldn't be able to peacefully coexist.
"As I Feed the Flames of Hate" is probably the best song on this album and the atmosphere created in this song is astounding. You forget all about how bad the production is and you just revel in beauty and brutality of the amazing music. This song is truly very unique and displays many of the positive aspects of this album. The drumming during the first minute the song is truly exceptional and shows exactly why Yanic Bercier is one of the greatest drummers in the genre, but is severely underrated. There's another interlude that begins around 2:07 in this song where his drumming is quite complex and above all, very catchy.
Several tracks on here are all about brutality and unrelenting speed; namely, "Inner Capsule (Element of the Ensemble II)" and "Pantheon of Tears" with the latter being the better of the two. The vocals in "Inner Capsule" don't exactly contrast well and sound a bit discordant. Don't get me wrong though, the growling in this album is executed very well and leaves you begging for more.
Unfortunately, on all the Quo Vadis' albums, there are at least one or two tracks which serve no real purpose other than to break up the energy that consistently flows through from track to track. As you may have guessed, they are the two shortest tracks on here "Mystery" and "Nocturnal Reflections". You could take those two "songs" off the album and you really wouldn't be missing anything.
The Last track is a nice, slower song that concludes this album very nicely. Initially this album packs a brutal punch, but it ends peacefully showing the many different aspects of Quo Vadis. Overall, this is a very good debut album and as displayed by their latest albums, it wasn't a fluke. They keep producing masterpiece after masterpiece which is all the more reason why this talented, Technical Melodic Death Metal band will enthrall you effortlessly.
ITS ABOUT TIME
Quo Vadis is very important to me for two reasons: 1. I take private drum lessons from thier drummer, Yanic Bercier. 2. They were the first death metal band that i ever listened to.
This album is amazing. The vocals are as good, if not better, than those of other bands in the genre. The guitar work is flawless, the bass is amazing, and the drums are spot on.
They need the rest of Quo Vadis's albums. Especially Day Into Night and Defiant Imagination.