Beheading Of A King
Quasar: Preserving Legacy


4.0
excellent

Review

by fish CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2011 | 338 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Creative and technical yet powerful and crushing; this is how deathcore should be done.

Beheading of a King were marred by tragedy with the death of lead vocalist, Mathieu Paquette, earlier this year. Quasar: Preserving Legacy will indeed serve poignantly as a legacy to him, because with this EP Beheading of a King show their deathcore counterparts how the genre should be done. Of course, they employ all typical deathcore features – brutally intense riffs, guttural roars and low pitch breakdowns – but they make sure that there is plenty more for the listener to digest, mixing them wonderfully and making them one of the best bands in the genre. The EP opens with 33 second intro track “State”. Although its sci-fi sound adds little to the overall sound of the EP, it rounds the edges and helps give the EP a complete, packaged feel.

Vocally, Beheading of a King are never short of styles to keep the listener engrossed. As well as the lead vocalist’s roar, backing vocals give high pitched, piercing screams that give an added dimension to the music as well as creating a distinct difference between the low, grinding parts and the quick, driving parts; both as good as the other. The re-recording of “Bible Crumbles”, the only song featured on the band’s self titled debut EP to be re-released on Quasar, showcases this at its best. Mathieu’s fearsome vocals fit perfectly with the nature of the music.

Just as much attention is paid to the instruments. Technical, rhythmic riffs and spidery motifs are played throughout all their songs above the typical breakdown-style chugging, mixing the brutality with the imaginative perfectly. Little guitar and drum licks splashed all the way through, and a full on solo in “Off With Their Heads”, create an extra edge to the music without sounding as if they were just thrown in clumsily at the end of the writing process. All songs progress and change and it’s obvious that Beheading of a King thought out all their songs through to the end rather than lazily rehash riffs for 3-4 minutes.

The EP ends with the outro of Pandemonium. Tasty guitar licks and screamed gang vocals give a spine tingling, explosive and crushing ending to the entire record. In less than 20 minutes Quasar: Preserving Legacy is over; never at once sounding tiresome or scrapped together. Even the lesser songs (“Off With Their Heads” and “Leader of the Suburbs”) don’t sound like filler at all.

The only true problem, yet a relatively large one, is the use of choppy and awkward sounding breakdowns. In some cases they can slam back into the flow of the music completely and almost make the entire song fall flat on its face, most notably in “Off With Their Heads”. Their generic use in the verses is otherwise more than countered by the textured melodies and rhythms of the other instruments.

Overall, Quasar: Preserving Legacy should be a lesson to other, more generic deathcore bands about how they should be doing their music. Rather than copy their better known contemporaries in creating unmemorable and lazily put together breakdown songs, Beheading of a King’s deathcore is more creative, more interesting, more engrossing and just generally much, much better. This is a must-listen for anyone at least partial to the occasional deathcore or metalcore. Despite their loss, Beheading of a King still have the potential to become one of the leaders of their genre.

Recommended Tracks
*Bible Crumbles
*Reclaim This Gold

Positives
+Creative and interesting
+Wonderful vocal diversity
+Mathieu Paquette’s vocals
+Lead guitar parts
+Every instrument is used to its maximum potential

Negatives
-Choppy breakdowns can occasionally blemish the originality and power of a song



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2011


21963 Comments


two 4/5 reviews for this on the main page.

oh well, I was writing this when the other was submitted. no harm in submitting this too

constructive criticism is welcome

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't have much to add man, good review. Pos. Those positives and negatives at the end are sorta unnecessary.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2011


21963 Comments


they're kinda a tl;dr thing and they make the review look neater

OCD remember?

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha I remember, it's cool.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2011


21963 Comments


still bummed you beat me to it cos I've had it on my things to review for about a week now. but it's my fault for being too lazy

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well this is only your third review so I'm kinda sorry I beat you to it.

Tyrael
July 22nd 2011


20876 Comments


Wait... pizza's review said this is metalcore and now you're saying it's deathcore... *confused*

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2011


21963 Comments


"Well this is only your third review so I'm kinda sorry I beat you to it."
it's only my 3rd review cos I'm a lazy bastard. I'm going away for quite a while in august though and there won't be that much to do when I'm there. I'm stocking up on music, including a lot of bandcamp music and I'll probably write quite a few reviews when I'm there and publish them one at a time when I get back.

@Tyraelxy, well genres aren't set in stone. I guess you could say they're a mix of both but I always knew them as a deathcore band

Cosmiche
July 22nd 2011


330 Comments


downloading now. i'm pretty excited to hear this, seeing as these guys are, from what i can tell, the more critically acclaimed of the deathcore genre

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On the plus side, your review is now the default review for this album.

FearThyEvil
July 22nd 2011


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still absolutely LOVE the vocals on this.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2011


21963 Comments


don't beat yourself up over it pizza :s

how is a review made the default anyway? at first I thought it was to do with the approval rate or when it was published but I found exceptions to both of those

Pharoh
July 22nd 2011


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Choppy breakdowns can occasionally blemish the originality and power of a song

that can be a plus for some people, i personally like choppy breakdowns.

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"how is a review made the default anyway?"

Basically, the most recent review of the album is sometimes placed as the default review. It's one of the site's ghosts that no one can explain, it just is.

Pharoh
July 22nd 2011


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great review also,

pos'd

Pharoh
July 22nd 2011


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

also Reclaim this gold is a rerecording of the single that was released last year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fozZPQ3ujKE this is the old version

you can hear the progression made.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2011


21963 Comments


yeah I downloaded that when I first discovered this band. I actually prefer that version but maybe that's because I was more used to it

Menherd is my favourite from their self titled EP

""how is a review made the default anyway?"

Basically, the most recent review of the album is sometimes placed as the default review. It's one of the site's ghosts that no one can explain, it just is."
that's just weird

"Choppy breakdowns can occasionally blemish the originality and power of a song

that can be a plus for some people, i personally like choppy breakdowns."
but why? :/ they feel so awkward and wrong

Pharoh
July 22nd 2011


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

but why? :/ they feel so awkward and wrong

im sucker for djenty breakdowns, sounds better than regular junnz junnz imo



fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2011


21963 Comments


most people here hate breakdowns anyway but each to their own I guess

Pharoh
July 22nd 2011


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

have you heard of matts other band?



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