Quo Vadis - _Quo Vadis_
by: Alain M. Gaudrault (not rated)
I suppose one could say I'm somewhat biased in my review of this demo, seeing as I've both met, and currently correspond with, one of the band's guitar players, Bart Frydrychowicz. Fortunately, I've had plenty of time to let their material sink in, having had a copy of the demo's premaster for over six months now. My general impression? This is truly a band with great potential. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, home of such acts as Obliveon, Gorguts, Kataklysm, and Voivod, Quo Vadis are quickly garnering the respect of the Montreal metal community. Their brand of European-flavoured melodic death metal attempts to push the envelope of conventional death. The inclusion of acoustic guitar passages, synth, piano, female vocals, and tastefully constructed solos give this outing a very musical ambience. The band can deliver extreme metal nonetheless through their use of three different vocalists (aside from the femme vox), skilled drumming, and vicious guitar riffs, sometimes reminiscent of DBC, another Montreal-based act, now defunct. Kudos to Bart, Arie Itman (guitar, vox, keys), Yanic Bercier (drums, backing vox), and Remy Beauchamp (bass) for writing such inspiring tracks. I would highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of this demo ($7 Canadian, postage included), and hope to hear much more from Quo Vadis in years to come.
Contact: VomiT Productions, 2155 Prud'Homme #5, Montreal, Quebec
(article published 1/10/1995)
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