Quest of Aidance
Fallen Man Collection
5/7/2007 - Review by: Etiam
Quest of Aidance - Fallen Man Collection - 2006 - Pulverised Records
The product of this amalgam: monstrous production and sharp performance from all quarters, with an underpinning of catchy riffs and vibes to round out an already attractive package. ‘Fallen Man Collection’ is an almost comically short EP at 10 minutes (eight tracks, one of which is an intro, another only :07, with strange atmospheric samplings padding the clock-in time of nearly every song), but the actual material that is presented exudes brutal confidence and depth.
Although the Swedish style of melodic riffing has sadly become overused in recent years (leading the genre and those associated with it into period of recession) it is still one of metal’s best assets. Used with judicious moderation, its inclusion here is the catalyst for Quest of Aidance’s ferocious and really quite addictive battery.
That these musicians, even under their ‘alter ego’ groups (which include Scar Symmetry, Torchbearer, Unmoored, and Centinex), go largely unrecognized is a shame. Quest of Aidance combines some of the best traits of their collective experience, producing a blistering grind/brutal death hybrid that will be absolutely devastating once it reaches the high gears of a full-length release.
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