Quinta Essentia - _Archetypal Transformation_
(Deathgasm, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
Quinta Essentia has been described as "experimental extreme", or alternatively, "imaginative dark metal", both of which are so wide as to be meaningless, beyond something that tends towards the unorthodox. The term "imaginative metal" appeals to me -- as it implies a mindset freed from the bondage of convention; Arcturus and Solefald would be their kin in this field. Enough semantics, as much as I, the resident pedant, may enjoy this field. The musicianship is top notch and a variety of vocal styles are utilized, but the devil in the detail is the arrangements. The songs change track frequently, and the result is a jarring and not quite pleasant listen, and a rather messy album. If they could combine their creative ingenuity and musicianship into memorable and smoother arrangements, they could be at the vanguard in the progressive death metal field. At the moment, the most basic building block -- penning decent songs -- has been overlooked.

Contact: http://www.quintaessentia.net

(article published 30/3/2009)


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