Quintessence Mystica
The 5th Harmonic of Death
Style: Black Metal and then some
Release date: 7 January, 2011
Playing time: 42:00

This is one of those few examples of an album where my perception over the course of five run-throughs has moved from quite a bit. My first  impression? I thought it rather a load of toss. A bad imitation of Bal-Sagoth at best.

That's not where I am now, not at all. No, it's grown on me with every spin and has evolved into a release from the more intelligent, playful black metal camp. There is an element of Bal-Sagoth in this music by the Ukrainian band with the odd name. But there is also elements of Dimmu Borgir and The Vision Bleak. It is mysterious music and it sets a horror mood on a carpet of black metal. In my book, black metal and metal in general needs bands like Quintessence Mystica. They toy around with genres, they mix styles and violate rules, this brings us forward.

I have but one negative thing to say about 'The 5th Harmony of Death', and it's an important one: I hate the drum sound.

Otherwise, I can only urge you to check this out!

01. Vector Space of Desires
Triumph of Cold Steel
Aspects of Contemplation Projected onto the Eternity
Entropy of Sanity
Crossroads of Time
Metaphysics of War
Unleashing the Dogs of War
When Sacred Flame Inspires the Souls of Heroes
The Symphony of Bare Feelings
Frankenwald Mystery
Label: Schwarzdorn Productions
Distribution: Soulfood
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 6 January, 2011
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