Quo Vadis - _Day Into Night_
by: Brian Meloon (
Quo Vadis are a Canadian band, and this is their second full-length album, following up their 1996 debut, _Forever..._. Their brand of thrash is straightforward and somewhat melodic. That is, it's not completely dominated by catchy hooks, but rather incorporates some melodic elements into a standard thrash setting. A good reference point would be the last three Death albums, though Quo Vadis are generally faster, heavier and more technical. However, their music isn't overly complex: generally, the songs are based upon a few distinct riffs which are incorporated into a fairly standard structure. As with most records, there are good and not-so-good riffs here; and the risk you take in basing a song around a handful of riffs is that none of them is good enough to carry the song. Unfortunately, that's what happens for a few songs here, as I find some of the riffs less-than-inspired. But the playing is very good: technical and tight. The production is excellent as well, with the exception of some of the guitar leads, which sound a little cheap in comparison to the rest of the music. At their best ("On the Shores of Ithaka"), these guys are excellent. If the whole album were as good as that song, this would be absolutely essential. As it is, it's a good album that will be enjoyed by fans of fast and heavy thrash.
(article published 10/25/2000)
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