Quintessenz are a solo project from Germany that plays a mixture of black metal, thrash and heavy metal and this is a review of their album "To The Gallows" which will be released in 2017 by Evil Spell Records.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album and also brings in an 80's first wave black metal style and the leads also bring in a great amount of morbid sounding melodies and after awhile a mixture of clean singing and grim screams as well as a few growls are added onto the recording.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and while the music is heavily rooted in the past it still has a modern feeling at times and a few songs also bring in a brief use of acoustic guitars and nature sounds
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and elements of traditional metal and thrash are a very huge part of the recording and evil whispers can also be heard on some of the tracks and there is also a brief use of classic horror movie style keyboards and one track also brings in a brief use of spoken word samples and some of the riffing also adds in a touch of black'n'roll as well as a slight punk influence and tremolo picking can be heard in the faster sections of the songs.
Quintessenz plays a musical style that takes first and second wave black metal and mixes it in with thrash and heavy metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover darkness, horror, fantasy and Occultism themes.
In my opinion Quintessenz are a very great sounding mixture of black, thrash, and heavy metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Of Majestic Shores" "Sounding The Funeral Bell" "Seth" and "Cursed By Moonlight". 8/5 out of 10