Sunday, October 6, 2013

This Quiet Army/Hex Mountains/Denovali Records/2013 CD Review

This Quiet  Army  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine with  a  musical  style  that  combines  experimental,  post,  rock,  drone,  doom  and  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Hex  Mountains"  which  was  released  by  Denovali  Records.

  "From  Darkness"  begins  with  some  dark ambient  synths  and  after  a  minute  they  start adding in  some  atmospheric and  post  rock elements,  halfway  through  the song  there are  some  programmed  drum  beats  being  added to  the song  which  also  leads  to  the  music  going into  a  more  drone  direction  along  with  some  heavy  doom  metal  guitar  riffs  which also  utilize  some  melodic  leads  and  solos  that bring  in post  black  metal  elements.

  'Wraithslayers" begins with  some  experimental  drone  sounds  and melodic  chanting  along  with  some  avant  garde  noise  sounds  and  then t he song  starts focusing  more  on  dark  ambient  soundscapes  for the  remainder  of  the song  ranging  from  soft  to  loud.

  "Digital  Witchcraft"  begins with  some  experimental  and  krautrock  sounds  and  then  the  song  mixes in  quiet  ambient  soundscapes  and  experimental  elements  and  as  time  goes  on  by the  ambient  sound s get  more  powerful and  the  song  also  goes  into  a  darker  direction  along  with some  distorted  elements  and  ritualistic  sounds  and  towards  the  end  clean  sounding post  rock  guitar  riffs  make  their  way into  the  song  along  with  some  drum  programming  and  loops.

  "Spirits  In Oblivion"  begins  with  silence  before  adding in  some  ambient  synths and  sound  effects and  the  music  gets  more  powerful  as  time moves  on  by  with  some atmospheric  and drone  elements  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  programmed  drum  beats  and  bass  guitars  are  added  to  the  song  and  make  the  music  alot  heavier  sounding  and  halfway  into  the  song  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  into  the  music

 Song themes  cover  darkness,  while t he  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  dark  sound  with  the  songs  being  very long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  This  Quiet  Army  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  dronee  with  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  Darkness"  and  "Spirits  In  Oblivion".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.