Aquila - _Demo I_ / _Demo II_
by: Quentin Kalis (3 out of 5)
I have heard many thrash demos and independent albums in the past year, but Aquila's is the first to show genuine promise. They do not recycle tired Bay Area melodies, or rip off proto-black Teutonic thrash or attempt to resurrect Pantera's spirit. Instead, they attempt to do something that possesses its own unique flavour.

The three tracks within are slower numbers than that accustomed to, brazenly advertising their influences, such as the frequent early-Metallica-styled galloping riffs. It possesses a reflective atmosphere rarely explored in thrash, and it is that which elevates them above the uninspired hordes. It's hardly a polished performance, but there is enough to suggest that they are the proverbial diamond in the rough.

But what was hinted at on _Demo I_ has not been fulfilled on its successor. The production has improved, the sound is tighter, and the music heavier, but they have attempted a more modern sound of thrashy metalcore. The vocals have dropped several pitches, descending into the usual screamo style, whilst the riffs are not only heavier but groovier. I'm forced to conclude that they have improved, but it seems that spark they had previously has been buried in a metalcore that is bit more ordinary than what they had going previously and thus is a lateral rather than upward step. It is trite to state that they are a band in the formative and nascent stages of its career, but it will be interesting to see what route they settle on for _Demo III_.


(article published 22/8/2008)

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