|Review: Andras - Quest Of Deliverance|
|Quest Of Deliverance|
Label: Last Episode Records
Year released: 1999
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 13, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Quest Of Deliverance
This CD was just a stab in the dark, but I like it. I have precious little information about this band, as they have no web page that I could find and the info in the booklet is very scanty. I believe this is a German band, and I think this was their first album, though I know they have at least one other one.
Andras play moody, slightly gothy Black Metal in the general vein of bands like Finnugor, though they are nowhere near that proficient or experimental. There is some very good riffage on this disc, and the production is actually decent, allowing you to hear the guitars at work. The vocals are mostly raspy, but here and there (as on the title track) Andras pull out some clean singing and nice female guest vocals. This is pretty slow or midpaced metal, with the exception of "Blasphemer", which is a cover of a Sodom tune. This is generally melodic rather than harsh "kvlt" Black Metal, and while it isn't tremendously exciting, it is a good listen. My major beef with the CD is its length – if you take out the 'atmospheric' intro and outro and the cover song, you have only 6 real original songs, and even with the extra bits the album is only barely over a half-hour. So this is just barely long enough to describe itself as an album, and some of that is filler.
The booklet is very good, with all the lyrics included and very classy art design. The lyrics range from pretty good, as on the title cut and "Soldiers Of Twilight", to downright awful on "Return Of Satan's Night" – I get the sense some songs were written by one guy, and other songs by the other guy. As with a lot of obscure BM acts, this is really a studio project by two dudes who call themselves "Count Damien Nightsky" and "Black Abyss" – names I would find frightening if I were six, and if they didn't make me think of LARPers. I know the pseudonyms in Black Metal are kind of traditional, but sheesh, sometimes… At least there is no corpsepaint in evidence here.
Anyway, this is not bad at all. A kind of mellow, low-impact black metal project with some excellent riffwork and a good sense for melody and composition. I like this enough to hunt of some of their other stuff, as I suspect that if this is a debut, then subsequent works might be really good. Andras is worth a look.
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