Quo Vadis
Day Into Night


4.0
excellent

Review

by MAthiAS USER (8 Reviews)
July 27th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Accessible but not too far afield. Relentless riffs and menacing vocals make this one a keeper.

Quo Vadis are much more than just a band with an intriguing Latin name. On their 2000 release Day Into Night they created one eminently appealing death metal album that evades the standard classifications of “technical”, “melodic”, or “brutal”. That isn’t to say it’s a particularly experimental disc either. No, it straddles these lines while carving out its own riff-driven, thrash-influenced style.

Unlike some of their European colleagues in the genre, Quo Vadis rarely resort to uninspired power chord progressions underneath rehashed Boston melodies. Their guitars aren’t downtuned and their tone is tight and punching, letting the intricacies of their riffs come through unblemished. The drums oscillate between excellent and adequate, and the bass seems a little under appreciated but hey, I’ll forgive that one. Topping it off we have Arie Itman’s vocals, which have become some of my favorite in the genre for achieving the unachievable: a death growl that preserves the intelligibility of the lyrics. “Hunter Killer” just wouldn’t be the same song without that menacing bark: “Hunter- killer / Blinded by our hate, deafened to cries / Hunter-killer / Only one has the right to survive.” Admittedly, they’re not the most poetic lyrics, but if you suspend aesthetic judgment and just enjoy the brutality they work well.

As far as highlights go, my award goes to the crushing and epic “On the Shores of Ithaka”. It contains probably the album’s only melody that has any chance of getting stuck in your head. (You still won’t be able to whistle it though). At just under 7 minutes, it’s the longest track here, but you hardly notice it with the blistering drums and the most thoughtful soloing yet heard. Close behind I’d put the just-discussed “Hunter-Killer” and “Dysgenics”. The latter features a lengthy intro where drum fills shine and guitars reminisce about early Metallica. Then Itman interrupts with the most threatening “Alright! Let’s go!” I’ve ever heard. Finally, its worth mentioning “Let it Burn”, mostly for the devilish refrain in the bare-bones chorus.

In many ways this is a back-to-basics album. They don’t try to reinvent the wheel and melodically, there’s nothing even hummable let alone noteworthy. The album testifies to how far a metal album can get without anything flashier than nuanced, precise riffing and authentic, powerful vocals. All totaled it makes for a regular in my metal rotation.



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KILL
July 27th 2010


80922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great album and nice review

Digging: Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained

MAthiAS
July 27th 2010


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I thought this one deserved a proper review. Been spinning it for at least half a decade now.

salival13
July 27th 2010


265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great songwriting and great riffs love this album

Astraea
July 28th 2010


13 Comments


Is this or Defiant Imagination a good place to start with this band?

CutMan
July 28th 2010


1918 Comments


I don't have this one, but you just made me go get it. Good review, amazing band.

MO
November 5th 2010


22046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are very talented.

ToMMyMiL116
October 7th 2011


1474 Comments


I want to check this out

Lick496
September 12th 2012


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Absolution is the song that got me into the music I listen to today

Captain666
September 12th 2012


652 Comments


cool



DoctorVelvet
March 28th 2013


172 Comments


Surprised no has has mentioned the huge Carcass similarities here.

ffs
September 4th 2013


5254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

d amn this has got some riffs

KILL
September 4th 2013


80922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

melo without bein overly andcas esque



the perfect mix

Inveigh
September 4th 2013


26367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cool album, girl i used to bang liked this band

Digging: Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

DrHouseSchuldiner
October 2nd 2013


5643 Comments


On the Shores of Ithaka m/

necropig
November 4th 2016


3082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On the Shores of Ithaka faps hard m/

Digging: Epheles - Souviens-Toi

EvoHavok
November 4th 2016


7306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album slays and so does the follow-up.

necropig
November 4th 2016


3082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Does aye, I've a dvd pro shot in Quebec I think

EvoHavok
November 4th 2016


7306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, nice. From what year?

necropig
November 4th 2016


3082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defiant_Indoctrination

EvoHavok
November 4th 2016


7306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I'll add it to the database.



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