Qrixkuor
Poison Palinopsia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
August 11th, 2021 | 114 replies


Release Date: 08/13/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The endless nightmare

Forged in England at the beginning of the last decade, Qrixkuor has had a relatively obscure and troubled path, with drastic line-up changes that caused a great deal of instability surrounding the release of its 2016 mini-LP, Three Devils Dance. In this sense, what was originally intended as a starting point became a one-off event that led to a five-year hiatus, forcing S (now the only remaining member of the original quartet) to rebuild the project practically from scratch. This hibernation period, however, provided S the necessary maturation time to draw thoroughly the foundations of what would become Qrixkuor's full-length debut release, Poison Palinopsia. Now with a revamped line-up, which includes Grave Miasma's drummer Dani Ben-Haim and New Zealand's V. Kusabs on bass, the band enters a new cycle without breaking with past aesthetics, thus ensuring a sense of continuity while building a bridge between past and present.

However, despite this bridging, there are some immediately noticeable mutations in Poison Palinopsia, namely its more polished sound design and greater creative ambition, which take Qrixkuor to another new level. The sonic blur of previous releases is still present to some extent, but now fully controlled, enhancing the ambiance without overpowering it. Poison Palinopsia's multi-layered approach, which constantly clusters multiple instrumental tiers, is also a key element in the album's aesthetic. We are constantly exposed to various sound textures operating simultaneously, creating a chaotic miasma of tremolo picking, guitar leads, and dense growling. Everything interacting in a peculiar contrasting symbiosis, as siamese twins struggling to control the surrounding space. S's musical evolution is notable not only in terms of songwriting but also in the technical aspect, from which I would highlight the hypnotic final solo in 'Recrudescent Malevolence - Mother's Illumination' that takes the listener to another parallel dimension, and the ominous riff that spawns about halfway through the first song. The orchestral interludes, written by S, which instead of being samples were recorded by nine musicians separately, are another prime example of the artistic ambition surrounding Poison Palinopsia.

This ambitious angle does not exhaust itself in its musical formula, it is also apparent in the very structure of the album, which is divided into two chapters of over twenty minutes each. The lengthy nature of both tracks lends greater drama and flow between its many musical segments, additionally conveying a sense of journey throughout the listening experience. Poison Palinopsia thus explores various tempos and stylistic nuances throughout its descent towards a dimension that dwells between the land of the living and the realm of the dead. An ethereal ride materialized through a blackened death metal signature whose main purpose is to create an enveloping atmosphere suitable to the unsettling narrative. Leaving a feeling of penitence and despair behind; an echo; an image that lasts after the stimulus has been removed, thus embodying the album's title and concept.

With Poison Palinopsia, S and his fellow travelers have succeeded in fashioning a sensory vehicle that draws the listener into a two-chapter nightmare. A multi-layered journey which echoes not only remarkable creative ambition but also an unshakable spirit of perseverance.

I'd say it was certainly worth the wait, Mr. S, yet I kindly ask you to ensure that your next surrealist chapter doesn't take so long in the making ;)




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2021


16788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the year's best DM albums of its kind, in my opinion.



Despite being scheduled to come out this Friday, the band has already made the album available on their Bandcamp:

http://qrixkuordeath.bandcamp.com/album/poison-palinopsia

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Toondude10
August 11th 2021


14669 Comments


that album art is fucking incredible

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2021


16788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's great. Courtesy of Daniel Corcuera.

Confessed2005
August 11th 2021


5306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, album art is fucking cool. I need to check this methinks.

Azog
August 11th 2021


593 Comments


Definately better than their debut. Somehow reminds me of Desolate Shrine. Artwork is lovely.

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2021


16788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I also think it's more interesting than the previous release.

The band that sometimes comes to mind when I hear these guys are their fellow countrymen Abyssal.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2021


15237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Massive Abyssal vibes off this. Great read Notrap - going to spin another couple times before slapping a number on it though

Pikazilla
August 11th 2021


19128 Comments


how the f do you pronounce this shit

Relinquished
August 11th 2021


46993 Comments


palin - op - sia

Pikazilla
August 11th 2021


19128 Comments


thank you captain obvissimo

can we do the band title now pls

Relinquished
August 11th 2021


46993 Comments


no you only get one

Pikazilla
August 11th 2021


19128 Comments


*sad noises*

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2021


16788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think of something like QRIX-KU-OR, but I don't dare say it out loud hahah

Thanks Nocte mate, or should I say chef Gnocchi? ;)

Pikazilla
August 11th 2021


19128 Comments


say it out loud to summon one of them lovecraftian horrors

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2021


16788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm watching an episode of MrBallen, my heart can't take many more scares.

butt.
August 11th 2021


9088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looks awesome, can’t wait to jam

TronaldDump
August 11th 2021


1182 Comments


that album art is fucking incredible [2]

reminds me of Horrendous - Ecdysis

DavidYowi
August 11th 2021


1599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is ah spicy cosmic death metal meatball *chef kiss*

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2021


15237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes?

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2021


26024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That cover art, 2 tracks of 20+ minutes each... ummmm, my instinct tells me this is gonna be too scary for me, but great read nonetheless Notrap.

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