Quincunx
Quincunx


4.5
superb

Review

by Micah-Nahum Ferguson. USER (21 Reviews)
December 8th, 2013 | 22 replies | 966 views


Release Date: 08/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 19 minutes of bone-shattering fun.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This release is a solid reminder of how malleable the black metal genre can be without breaking entirely.

Quincunx is a mysterious band signed to an equally mysterious label, Colloquial Sound Recordings. The label has been churning dozens of releases out (mostly on cassette and vinyl) for quite some time that are made specifically for the the underground USBM scene. To be honest, who else but the most underground of listeners could stomach what Quincunx has to offer? This is sloppy, recorded-five-feet-away sounding black metal infused with vicious hardcore. It is relentless and tons of fun. It is easily one of the year's best releases of any genre.

"Gasoline Punishment" starts with a plaintive riff fed through a PA speaker (it seems) then suddenly transforms into a hardcore onslaught of frantic drumming, tremolo-picked guitars, and howling vocals. This does not let up for a moment until the end of the track. Though some songs experiment with different tempos, they are all as brutal as the one before. "The World Is a Gutter," my personal favorite, spans several different changes throughout its 3 minute running time. A fair amount of melody can be heard through the crunch, too. Tracks like "Death's Head Lifestyle" and "Commit to Black" act as buffers between the longer (I use that term loosely - the longest song is just over four minutes) songs and bring the blackened punk styles in their sound to life. These pieces do not act as pure bludgeoning devices. Though they do that well, they are very much cathartic and artful in their execution, an achievement that many bands of their likeness can't quite manage.

The vocals might be indecipherable, the music may be grimy as all get out, but it lacks nothing as far as intensity goes. But music can't rest on intensity alone. Quincunx goes the extra mile to craft immediately catchy and well-paced songs for a genre that traditionally relies on restraint. This is certainly one of the year's best releases that will most likely fly under the radars of most.



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oltnabrick
December 8th 2013



30052 Comments


neg

Digging: Stellar OM Source - Ocean Woman

SadAndHolyGlow
December 8th 2013



1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Why

Digging: Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise

sixdegrees
December 8th 2013



16687 Comments


p****

SadAndHolyGlow
December 8th 2013



1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

c'mon you guise.....

oltnabrick
December 8th 2013



30052 Comments


neg him or die

sixdegrees
December 8th 2013



16687 Comments


haha owned

SadAndHolyGlow
December 8th 2013



1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I wrote this review in, like, ten minutes, so I hope it's okay.

oltnabrick
December 8th 2013



30052 Comments


you obviously have two alts because I negged

SadAndHolyGlow
December 8th 2013



1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Right.

oltnabrick
December 8th 2013



30052 Comments


poser, neg.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2013



9600 Comments


oltnadick

oltnabrick
December 8th 2013



30052 Comments


lel

sixdegrees
December 8th 2013



16687 Comments


boner awl

oltnabrick
December 8th 2013



30052 Comments


dont tell micah about them, he will 2.5 it and write an embarrassing soundoff about it

sixdegrees
December 8th 2013



16687 Comments


too late fucj

oltnabrick
December 8th 2013



30052 Comments


fuck my life

minnashine
December 8th 2013



185 Comments


maybe he'll agree with me on the new raspberry bulbs

yo micah check it

oltnabrick
December 8th 2013



30052 Comments


why would you do that to me

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2013



3333 Comments


wait i thought minnashine was a sixdegrees alt

what

MoosechriS
December 8th 2013



4768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thought this was pretty cool, still only had 2 listens though. Gonna wait for my tape to get hear and jam this shit properly



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