|Review: Quo Vadis (Can) - Forever...|
Label: VomIT Productions
Year released: 1996
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: March 25, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
You know, Quo Vadis seemingly get a fair few comparisons with Cryptopsy which I don't personally agree with. So, they're both from Canada, and they've both used the services of guitarist Alex Auburn… but that's where the similarities end. This is technical (though not progressive or brutal), melodic death metal, and it occasionally reminds me of Sceptic and later Death riff-wise, while still maintaining its own unique edge with a huge usage of classical influences. 'Forever' is the band's debut album, and from what I hear, their most experimental.
Opening with 'Legions of the Betrayed', the album gets a rocket fueled kick start that wavers only on the sublime acoustic sections. It's obvious that every note, beat and vocal line has been scrutinized, re-arranged and perfected to the nth degree, such is the obscene technicality of the album. Nothing is out of place, everything is completely metronome faultless. However, all this perfection does not push out catchiness or over sterilize the albums sound, it still manages to get a killer groove going on in 'Zero Hour', and the solos still manage to sound ad libbed (even though, I'd imagine they're probably not). Imagine Carcass' 'Heartwork' album, albeit more technical and dark, with the odd violin(!) section, overhauled dynamics and the pedal pushed firmly to the metal speed wise and you'd be getting close to what Quo Vadis sound like. The final track takes an interesting turn vocally, with a guest female opera singer who mirrors the harsh vocals – it works surprisingly well, and is a classy way to end the album.
Well worth a look for those who think that melo-death as a genre has already touched all bases, this will be an invigorating listen for your jaded ears.
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