Quest of Aidance
Misanthropic Propaganda



by Andrew W. Gold CONTRIBUTOR (111 Reviews)
July 4th, 2013 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quest of Aidance drop their grind origins for a more streamlined, equally enjoyable approach.

It’s rare to find a modern band reinventing the metal wheel, mainly because there’s little left to reinvent. Everything has been done from sweeping orchestral arrangements atop wistful guitar leads and blast beats, to the grittiest, dirtiest brutal death metal that decimates your ears in the most pleasant way possible. So with the debut album of Quest of Aidance, Misanthropic Propaganda, it’s hard to criticize it for not bringing anything new to the table, as the table is essentially full. Quest of Aidance is just another player in the field trying their own hand at metal, and after only two short EPs, both being under 15 minutes, Quest of Aidance makes a surprisingly focused and developed debut album in a genre that’s almost totally played out.

Right off the bat, Misanthropic Propaganda is noticeably different than its preceding EPs. Elements of grindcore are completely gone, bar the 43-second centerpiece ‘Anyx’, and the unpredictability and insanity that goes hand in hand with grind are leveled into a streamlined melodic death metal approach. Bear with me for a moment and think of Misanthropic Propaganda as a cheeseburger: The anthemic opener ‘A New Storm Rising’, tremolo-picked and blast beat-laced ‘Deadly Viral Strain’ and ‘The 5th Column’, and my personal favorite, ‘Section 34’, serve as the album’s cheese, being almost wholly melodic and using the occasional synth lead to add an extra dose of flavor. ‘Section 34’ in particular differentiates itself from the rest by having an infectious main riff and an interesting breakdown (an anomaly if I’ve ever seen one) alternating between a triplet feel and a standard 4/4 groove for a very cool swaying effect. ‘Seething Voids’, ‘To No Avail’, ‘Dimout’, and ‘Spawnslayer’ serve as the album’s beef, satisfying the inner head banger in all of us with crushing riff after crushing riff. And of course, we have the condiments – ‘Sothis Allegro’ and ‘Sirian Breed’ – mixing things up with a blissful acoustic guitar solo in the former and full orchestra arrangements in the latter. Cliché burger metaphors aside, Quest of Aidance change things up quite a bit during the album’s modest 44-minute runtime without ever going over the top or straying too far outside their comfort zone.

Herein lies the problem with Misanthropic Propaganda: there’s really nothing new to be found here, and repeatedly throughout the album you’ll be left thinking “haven’t I heard this before?” Regardless, it’s rare for a debut album to sound as wholesome and genuine as Misanthropic Propaganda, and for just another album in a genre that’s basically been gutted for all its worth, Quest of Aidance make it sound refreshingly authentic, and their streamlined death metal approach is bound to appeal to many metal lovers.

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Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

50th review yay. album is solid melodic death, kinda generic but whatev

Digging: Protest the Hero - Pacific Myth

July 4th 2013


Godzilla album cover is kinda laughable, but I can't speak for the music. Good review though.

July 4th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

Had this for a couple of months now ( I love promos) the effect wares off, trust me.

July 4th 2013


The first sentences are misleading, I thought you were going to say that these guys will be bringing something new to the table.
Also, I would have put something in about the burger metaphor earlier in the second paragraph, because the first mention of it is "[these songs] serve as the album's cheese" and when I read that I didn't know what you were talking about.

Still a good review though, pos.

July 4th 2013


cover looks like that shitty godzilla movie

July 4th 2013


"Their lyrics are based on the Predator movies."
all of their lyrics?

July 4th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

i think this album is a concept about the tv show 'V'. that's an alien lizard eye on the cover. nevertheless, the music is solid. decent album.

July 4th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Deadly Viral Strain is at least based of V for sure. Good review, man. I've heard only a few songs from this but I think it rocks pretty hard. I will fully listen to this shit asap.

"occasional synth lead to add an extra dose of flavor"

I love em

Red Dust is a weird song. Half of the song fuckin' rocks so hard but the rest of it just trails of.

July 4th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Damn, guys! Now this is my jam.

July 4th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

yeah the more i listen to it the better it gets! might have to adjust my rating accordingly lol.

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