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The Quintessence
(Pagan Records)

I remember when this band released its first album through a Spanish label, but I didn't listen to it, and after that I totally lost sight with them, until this "The Quintessence" (from Polish Pagan Records) reached me, which already released their previous album, entitled "VI: The Satanachist's Credo". So, when I listened to this recording for the first time, I found two clear influences in the band's music, which where SAMAEL (especially for the vocals, done by Klimorh, which are really similar to those of Vorph on "Ceremony Of The Opposites") or CHRIST AGONY on one side and BEHEMOTH (from the last albums) just in some riffs and for the brutality of some parts on the other hand; so, a mix of Black and Death Metal with a really dark feeling and not too much speed, better playing with atmospheres (without using keyboards, which is remarkable) and midpaced and really interesting riffs, not especially technical, but with a lot of feeling, and very well combined with the vocals. Furthermore, the songs flow one after another in a perfect order, like a whole, only interrrupted by one or two songs which sound a bit different (the clearest example is 'Das Ist Krieg', which is a raw Black Metal song sung in German which has not too much reasons to be on this recording). A strange thing about this band is the fact that they use as well English as Polish (even German) in their lyrics, which speak about occult and ancient beliefs connected to cosmos and the energy of the earth, which just fits perfectly with their ritualistic and evoking music. About the production, it is not too clear, without meaning it doesn't sound good, but it keeps the necessary roughness to create some atmosphere, resulting in a whole symphony with the vocals apearing on it. A really good option for those searching for midpaced and a bit atypical dark but powerful music.

Jeroni Sancho

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