Quest of Aidance [Sweden]
Progressive Death Metal
It’s been six long years since Swedish death metal outfit Quest of Aidance‘s last release, and the years have not been spent in waste indeed as the band prepared for the unleashing of their debut full length release, Misanthropic Propaganda after almost 10 years since their formation.
And along with this long wait comes a slight shift in the band’s lineup, with the inclusion of Daniel on vocals, and Christian Alvestam now taking on guitar duties along with vocals. Apart from this shift in lineup came an evolution in the band’s musical style, and even from the introductory track A New Storm Rising this becomes obvious, with the usage of synths bringing some nostalgic, 80s sci-fi feel to it.
This is but a small preview to the growth that the band has experienced over the years, and this is extremely obvious once the band goes into overdrive with Seething Voids. There is a marked increase in the progressive tendencies in the songwriting of Quest of Aidance, and this is first in the complexity of the music, from the erratic and sudden shifts in the time signatures, especially in the technical and challenging drumming of Oscar Nilsson. Of course, there is the vocals of Daniel who puts in a different feel with his higher pitched barks compared to the low, throaty growls of Christian Alvestam, though Alvestam does provide some of the backup vocals as well.
The biggest, and perhaps personal favourite addition to the musical style of Quest of Aidance are the lead guitar works on the album. On top of the usual shredding styles of death metal, guitarist Johan often engages in rather jazz-fusion styled leads, adding a nice, unique touch to the music of the band, not unlike bands like Cynic or Atheist with the complexity yet weird, calmness amidst the destruction around. The neoclassical style of shredding that he indulges in at times also bring about some slight Obscura comparison, especially on the intro of Section 34. Songs such as the instrumental Sothis Allegro are best displays of such quirkiness in Quest of Aidance‘s musical style.
Being a Swedish band at heart though, there are still moments of classic old school Swedish death metal, and there are many instances throughout the album where one is reminded of bands such as Grave, or the rather melodic style of Hypocrisy.
Honestly, the band’s first single/music video Anyx is a rather bad representation of the album, and is probably the only grindcore-leaning track on the album, and that in itself should already speak volumes of what to expect on Misanthropic Propaganda. There is so much going on in Quest of Aidance‘s debut full length that the band’s previous death metal/grindcore material pale in comparison.