Quintessenz – To The Gallows

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Evil Spell Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.w-t-c.org/
Released: 2016
Buy Album [URL]: https://shop.undercover-records.de/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/grquintessenz
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Band Line-up:

Genözider – Vocals, Guitars, Drums

Tracklistings:

1. Zeitgeist
2. Of Majestic Shores
3. The Claws of Nosferatu
4. Her Spell
5. Sounding the Funeral Bell
6. To the Gallows
7. Endless Night
8. Seth
9. Gloomweaver
10. Cursed by Moonlight

Review:

It took me a few listens to really get this album, but now I love it.

To The Gallows is a blend of first wave black metal and speed metal, well-crafted and with a clear modern production. Clear (self-confessed) influences from Bathory and Hellhammer and here I also hear a strong resemblance to Watain’s later albums (also heavily inspired by the aforementioned bands).

Songs like “From Distant Shores” absolutely scream Bathory where as others such as the title track, “Her Spell” and “Endless Night” have more in common with NWOBHM and speed/thrash metal and remind me of the likes of Sabbat (Japan) and even Mercyful Fate.

I seem to say this all too often, but there’s nothing particularly original going on here. It seems to me that Quintessenz play the music that they love, and aren’t afraid to pay homage to their influences, and today, there’s really nothing wrong with that, as long as it is well done, and in this case it really is.

I can see this appealing to all fans of metal, despite the clear black metal underbelly. It’s packed full of riffs, melodies and memorable choruses, without coming across as particularly cheesy and I find it hard not to love this album.

Review by Steve Blackwood
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