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Review: Unquintessence - Ruined

Label: Galy Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 26:09
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 23, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

I've been hearing about this Quebec-based black metal band for a while now but I had yet to check them out. I guess calling them "extreme black metal" would be a bit redundant, so let's just say that they don't care much for speed limits. Absolutely no keyboards nor female vocals here, the band sticks to the basics with insane drumming, blazingly fast guitars (maybe slightly too fast at times), and the vocals are screeches that I guess can be best described as "angry", for lack of a better word. The band has its own sound but some influences -or similarities- can be heard here and there - early Immortal, early Marduk and Hegemon to name just a few. The overall feeling of the album is one of chaos of destruction, quite appropriate considering the liner notes that call for "mass execution and genocide of all faceless hypocrites". You get the idea. ;)

The lyrics are not included, so I could barely make out more than a few words due to the extreme vocal style - well, that's nothing new. :) A very good effort that puts Unquintessence on the list of bands to watch in the Black Metal scene. Check out their page for some samples.

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