|Review: Quo Vadis (Pol) - Infernal Chaos|
Label: Twilight-Vertrieb Records
Year released: 2010
Review online: August 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)
I was surprised upon hearing Infernal Chaos that Quo Vadis sounded like that all of a sudden, when I realized that this is not the Canadian Melodic Death Metal band but rather a Polish Death/Thrash band with progressive leanings. Things suddenly made more sense.
I was tempted to throw this under the "Schizophrenic Metal" category. Infernal Chaos is one of the most "all over the place" albums I've heard. Not only that, but all this mish-mash sounds good altogether. Death/Thrash is the main driver here, but there's a lot of other things going on – a bit on the symphonic side at times, Power Metal-ish for a few minutes, Middle Eastern (see "Bomb & Fire", which may spark some controversy, I guess – I don't have the lyrics so it's hard to say for sure), and the closer "Russia" sounds like metalized Russian folk – very cool. The band also goes into full-blown Thrash riffage at times, sounding very much like mid-80s Metallica and Megadeth – precise, razor-sharp guitar work that rips your speakers in half.
The vocals also vary a lot, from the expected Death/Thrash light growls, to harsh but somewhat clean vocals, all the way to plain clean – but not "wimpy" singing. Here however things aren't always great, some of the cleaner vocals and melodies sounding a bit "tentative", though far from horrible. Infernal Chaos is a very diverse album that blends subgenres seamlessly and reveals a little more of itself with each listen, practically guaranteeing renewed interest every time.
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