Quinta Travessa
Hora da Verdade


3.5
great

Review

by Philip Whitehead USER (27 Reviews)
June 17th, 2014 | 9 replies


Release Date: 05/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brazilian nu metal with energy and grooves in abundance.

Brazil is far better known for its extreme metal exports than for more commercial metal bands - the closest to this being the grooves and tribal experiments of Sepultura and Soulfly in the turn of the century - but if you look deep enough into the Brazilian jungle of underground music you can occasionally find the odd hidden treasure. Quinta Travessa, an energetic nu metal act from São Paulo, are one of these.

Their EP, Hora da Verdade, is 6 tracks (plus one intro) of non-stop grooves and stomps. Musically, the band definitely takes their cue from the heavier side of nu metal such as Korn and Brazilian children Soulfly, but also contains some very competent Portuguese rapping which would definitely shame the better known nu metal rappers of yesteryear, such as one Fred Durst and Coby Dick in the more melodic venture that is middle track "Céu", where Ill Niño's influence is obvious and the definite highlight of the EP is found. The bass playing and position in the mix is almost certainly inspired by Fieldy's presence in the early (and some may say best) Korn albums, while the guitars are your basic effects driven nu metal riffs, just very well performed and the drumming shows some excellent grooves, particularly in "Treta" and "Sem Pensar", complementing the deep tones achieved by the guitars.

Being in the style it is, there is always going to be negative aspects. The simplistic riffing is unlikely to win over the critics of the genre and those that believe rapping has no place in metal will certainly not be won over by the vocals on display here. Nu metal has always been a much maligned genre for these reasons and you're likely to see people brandishing this band as nothing more than a more competent Brazilian equivalent to the dredge that came out in nu metal's peak years, such as the rather embarrassing (yet at time, guilty pleasure) Primer 55 - "Sem Pensar" is probably the most likely to draw in these comparisons in spite of its rather tight musicianship.

However, if the overall quality of the music isn't a problem for you, or nu metal is a genre that you still enjoy (I myself am a rather outspoken fan of the style), then this is an extremely fun EP to check out and mosh out to. With more of the mainstream metal bands adopting nu metal elements, there's every chance that acts like this will be given their chance to emerge in the near future but one will still need to be willing to search in the jungles of underground music to find these acts and give them the chances they deserve.



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DatsNotDaMetulz
June 17th 2014


1816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Something I quickly scribbled out before I gotta leave.

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/quintatravessa/sets/ep-hora-da-verdade

Can download free on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quintatravessa?fref=ts

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 17th 2014


1816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also artwork's broken and refuses to fix

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 17th 2014


1816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a big fan of reviewing little known stuff, I feel like it's useful giving them some exposure on bigger sites like this. If I had the time I'd go through a bunch of these things I got on Bandcamp and review the best ones but I cba.

ExcentrifugalForz
June 17th 2014


1756 Comments


this album reminds me why I don't listen to much nu-metal

talented bands just lack creativity

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 17th 2014


1816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Reckon these guys could be really good soon.

Also I posted this on their Facebook wall and got added by two of their members. I call that a result.

deyp
June 17th 2014


32 Comments


Yeah I'd say its a good review. Following those links.

I grew up on radio rock so I guess that's why I've never really been bothered by nu-metal being so derivative. idk.

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 17th 2014


1816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

God damn they really did get excited by my review. Feels good making a young band that excited that someone enjoyed their music and gave them a bit of extra exposure.

JhowRockDrummer
June 18th 2014


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really want to thank for the review and the comments. Even not being their drummer anymore, I'am really proud of this work (that I've done in the last 6 years) and I will continue to support the guys.
Don't forget to watch our videos on youtube. The 'on stage performance' is one of our best things.
Sorry for any language errors.

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 18th 2014


1816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your English is very good, thanks for reading my review.



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