MetalBite Review by JD on 2/4/2014
Back in the day, old school black metal could thrash like hell. It was that melding of thrash and Satan that got the whole BM market going – look at Venom
, they were a thrash, but more at a basic level. Another act has taken up the old school BM and brought it to the altar of Metaldom – Quintessenz
One man German based act Quintessenz
has summoned classic old black metal to rage for us all. Incorporating his love of such blasphemous pioneering acts as the mighty Venom
, the unmatched Celtic Frost
and even borrowing a bit of the power of the likes of Destruction
. The one called Genözider brings his take on the thrash inspired BM and lets the unholy demons breathe life into its lifeless carcass.
Thirty three minutes of pure malevolence, powered by a dark scarred thrash, drags you screaming into the vortex of hades. Vile hymns like the hate soaked "Nekrowhore" and the equally blasphemous "Ancient Rites" slide you through the flames of Brimstone that lap at your soul with pain. For me, this is black metal: powerful, rich with pile driver riffs and subtle hellish hooks. Quintessenz
has hit a home run with every sadistic note. I even love the album intro… classic darkened mood that leads you across the river Styx and into Satan’s home.
I love modern BM and its power but there is a certain unwholesome class the old school brings that the newer acts can’t bring. I loved every sadistic note and Black Mass induced riff on the album, and I know that most Metalheads will to. This is just old school BM updated, but kept its evil pure to its past – Ave Satanas.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9.6 out of 10