QUERCUS - Promo 2002

The Czech Republic has already offered with Dissolving of prodigy one of its dearest children to the doom-metal community, and it isn't unlikely that Quercus becomes the next generous present from this Central European country.

Quercus needs no more than five songs to carve its mark on the stone of the most promising extreme doom acts of the moment. Their bleak, dissonant, slow doom is spiced up with samples, solemn incantations drenched in reverb, nihilistic lead guitar themes and the wonderful sound of an organ on the last track (which comes the closest to the title`funeral doom` to which the band aspires as they clearly state on the back cover of this promo).

The production is stunningly clear and powerful for a beginning doom band. It emphasizes the low bass end, while enough space is left for the mesmerizing lead guitar lines to unfold. A monotonous grunt and very accurately programmed drums complement this picture of apathy and bleak nihilism, as if one is staring at a colourless, grey landscape out of the broken glass of an old window.

If you are a fan of extreme doom in general and bands like early Unholy or the Polish Nightly Gale in particular, I highly recommend the work of these two promising young doomsters and I expect them to get a label deal soon, because quality and professionalism shines through each composition on this promo.

Reviewed by: Kostas Panagiotou

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