Quo Vadis
Defiant Imagination


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
February 8th, 2006 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Kataklysm and Cryptopsy had better watch out, because Quo Vadis are quickly making their way to the top of the Montreal Death Metal ladder. In fact, I will go on record saying these guys are probably one of the most proficient Death Metal bands around today, touching on styles made famous by the legendary Death. This album is the third for the band, their first since the departure of former Singer/Guitarist and lead songwriter Arie Itman and former bassist Remy Beauchamp. I hate to say it, but I doubt they'll be missed; Bart Frydrychowicz (guitar) does more than a sufficient job at writing new material, Stephané Paré fits the vocal slot perfectly and then comes the bass played by legendary Steve DiGiorgio.

The sounds

Quo Vadis are a very distinct sounding metal band. While being very heavy, courtesy of the raspy vocals and blistering drums, they also manage to find just the right around of melody. They're a melodic Death Metal band, I guess you could say, but they sound nothing like a Gothenburg band. They're also a tech-metal band, but don't expect another Spiral Architect. Their sound is a very original one, moreso on this album than on their previous classic Day Into Night. Steve DiGiorgio's fretless bass assault is a definite highlight of the album, and if you've heard any of his previous work (Death, Testament, etc) you'll realize why. The bass is highly audible, and is definitely a highlight on the album; you rarely hear these kinds of bass lines on a Death Metal album, then again you seem to rarely hear bass lines at all on a Death Metal album. Did I mention he uses a fretless? The drums sound like a sped up Dave Lombardo and I strongly believe their drummer (Yanic Bercier) is quickly -- very quickly -- coming for Flo Mounier's title. There's lots of double kick and a lot of speed, all of it being played flawlessly. The guitars are both crunchy yet technical. There is plenty of complex yet concurrently unostentatious riffing throughout the album. They manage to do something most bands in the same genre can't; distinguish themselves. Although maintaining a wonderful level of brutality, they also manage to make each song distinguishable from the others. They manage to be progressive without turning the album into a general wankfest (which they're totally capable of). They managed to use Latin lyrics and stringed arrangements (In Articulo Mortis) without coming off as pretentious.

Pros
  • Highly technical while remaining totally listenable
  • Crisp production which allows each instrument to be heard clearly while not becoming overbearing
  • Each song is different
  • While being fast, they're not fast for the sake of being so. They often take breaks from the speed as well

Cons
  • Not everyone will "get" this in their first listen
  • It's been said that the bass lines become a little too "adventurous", but I'd beg to differ

Conclusion

The pros definitely outweigh the cons in this case. While not perfect, this album is damned close. The Death influences are definitely there (Steve DiGiorgio being in the band adds to this), but they acknowledge it. In Articulo Mortis is said to be (liner notes) to be a tribute, and the subsequent track Fate's Decent was reportedly written in honour of the band. This album is a must own for fans of Death Metal, as is their equally amazing Day Into Night. If you're a fan of Martyr, Into Eternity, Control Denied or Death, or just wonderfully executed Progressive Death Metal, you owe it to yourself to give these guys a chance.

The band's website has a free MP3 of the first track off the album, Silence Calls The Storm, which does a great job of previewing the album as a whole.

The Official Quo Vadis Website: http://www.quovadis.qc.ca/

Stand Out Tracks
  • Silence Calls The Storm
  • Break The Cycle
  • Fate's Decent

8/10



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Comments:Add a Comment 
circleofdeadchildren
February 8th 2006


119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice Review,this cd is insane!
This Message Edited On 02.08.06

Shadows
Moderator
February 8th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really great review once again. Unfortunately, I got this album a while back and was sorely disappointed after how highly everyone had spoken of it.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 8th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? I dont know, I love this album but to each his own. The production alone really puts it on high on my list.

Shadows
Moderator
February 8th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll give it another try then. I can always use more great death metal.

MasterofBass
February 8th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think that this album is amazing. The bass work on it is great, probably Steve's best to date.

Cravinov13
February 8th 2006


3854 Comments


they're okay from what I heard. I kinda agree with ShadowsFalllen's as in they get a lot more praise then they really deserve IMO

MattyBlade
February 9th 2006


1 Comments


Get alot more praise then they deserve? Hardly. This is one of my favourite canadian bands to date, and IMO they need WAYYYYYYYYY more praise and attention. Cravinov and shadowsfallen- I have no idea how you can write such comments as that...

Tyler
Emeritus
February 9th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, to each his own.

sonicst0rm
February 9th 2006


8 Comments


I liked Day into Night better, but this album is still pretty damn awesome. Day into nights owns it by a lot though. The drummer is definately the highlight of the band. I'm not a real big fan of the death vox tbh, but they're a lot better than the old vocalist.

they are what metallica should have been This Message Edited On 02.09.06

ScelusNefas
October 17th 2006


274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This alum is fantatic, from the guitar playing to bass and drum, nothing must be forget. It sure that it's not the best vocalist of all time but these day if feel that vocal ut they arefarfrom eing the worst of metal

Mikesn
Emeritus
December 11th 2006


3709 Comments


I really liked this one. Good Canadian metal.This Message Edited On 12.11.06

Pluh
April 10th 2007


579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The vocals are probably the only thing slacking on this album, but everything else pulls through great. I love it how the bass is heard so much in the album... that is always a huge plus for me. good album.

jrowa001
June 21st 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album. listened to it today for the first time in a while and im pissed i forgot about it. one of my fav tech. death metal albums. the drumming is nuts

FR33L0RD
August 14th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kick a$$ album

TheStarclassicTreatment
January 11th 2008


2910 Comments


Wow, these guys totally fucking rule.
The drummer is amazing (he has a PhD too, clever guy) can't wait for their next.

AngelPhoenix
March 22nd 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe this is just personally clicking with me right now, but I'm absolutely loving this. It's technical without feeling forced, it has great riffs, amazing drumming, ridiculous bass work (that you can hear really well), smooth sections, heavy sections, fast sections, slow sections...this is just rockin'.

AngelPhoenix
March 22nd 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know what you mean, his patterns and the double-peddling does start to sound all the same as the album goes on, but it's good enough I think. I just love though the whole feel of it, it's so energetic...or something lol
Odious Mortem you say.... (*types in band name*)...

yas666eer
April 3rd 2008


271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great Album!....

rasputin
April 3rd 2008


14555 Comments


WANT

Thor
September 20th 2008


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty fucking outstanding.



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