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Quercus : Kverulant



Some time ago I received an excellent demo from the Czech Republic of a project with the enigmatic name Quercus. The demo quality was above average, showing a band with a clear musical vision, confident about their abilities and not shy of experimenting here and there.

Now, a few months later, I already receive a second demo from this band, containing tracks from their previous work, as well as some new songs. Those new tracks are similar in style to the old ones, displaying the same high level of quality and execution.

Quercus manage to keep their music interesting throughout this extremely lengthy demo using some small but effective tricks at strategic places, like ambient/industrial samples, serene acoustic parts, dark background whispers, monotonous spoken parts and even a horn on one of the tracks. Although the songs are not really melodic (but rather dissonant), they manage to hold the attention of the listener because of the strong songwriting, their originality and unique cold atmosphere. The pace is slow and static. Power chords, which are usually combined with monotonous lead guitar work, mostly characterize the tracks although there is some sporadic heavier metal guitar work here and there.

This demo has been sent as promo material to various labels, so I do hope that one of them picks up this interesting two-man project, because they certainly deserve it. The contact address of the band is still kudrna.jiri@volny.cz.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
1. Ravine burden thorns
2. Ignis fatus *
3. Darkening of God's gifts
4. Alogia
5. Earthmange *
6. Smrt Ma V Dusi Spanek *
7. Morire *
8. Neverending vigilance over the existence

Translation:

2. Fire says
5. Earthfeeding
6. My rest within suffocating sleep
7. Death

Duration : Approx. 79 minutes.

Visit the Quercus bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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