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QUEST OF AIDANCE

Misanthropic Propaganda

(Pulverised)

Reviewed by : Greg Pratt
Rating : 6.5

With members heading over from their day jobs in, among others, SCAR SYMMETRY (indeed, QUEST OF AIDANCE is more or less the project of one Scar Symmetry dude), and a reference to FEAR FACTORY in their biography, you've got to worry a bit. Luckily, this project is more focused on melodic death, albeit of a highly produced, polished, and structured variety. Hey, nothing wrong with that, as tracks like 'Deadly Viral Strain' even get grinding and blasting, although it reeks of a certain politeness, the blast beats produced to precision and not packing much of a punch. Keyboards in metal sound ludicrous about 99.9% of the time, and the keys on display here most certainly fall within that 99.9%, taking away even more of the blasting punch and making it sound more like fruit punch at kiddie time. But then these guys will drop some string-bending and slightly consciousness-altering riffing to make up for it. The occasional groove riff comes across as a bit hokey and misplaced, but it is always hard to not get sucked into a good groove riff, and these guys know how to write a good riff. 'Section 34' and 'Sothis Allegro' bring the '80s hard rock to the party with the glorious soloing, so now I'm thinking modern-era SOILWORK, which is good; 'Red Dust' features some killer, unique guitar work, an album highlight. Still, hard to shake the overall feeling that if this debut was a bit less produced, lost the silly, distracting keyboards, and went for the jugular a bit harder while still keeping the smart songwriting chops, it would be a wilder, more ragged, and definitely more enjoyable ride.



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