QUEST OF AIDANCE

Death Metal • Sweden
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QUEST OF AIDANCE was formed back in early 2004, in Skövde, Sweden, by Christian Älvestam (drums) and Christian Lundgren (guitar). Once the material for the debut-demo "Human Trophy" started to take shape, Christan Älvestam changed from drums to guitar and vocals and it was not long before the duo had turned into a quartet, where Anders Johansson (bass and backing vocals) and Henrik Schönström (drums) completed the line-up.

"Human Trophy" was recorded at Flatpig studios, together with producer Robert Ahrling during the summer of 2004 and it was mastered at Criteria Mastering by Plec, later that same year.

In mid-2005 label-manager Roy Yeo contacted Christian Älvestam, knowing eachother from their earlier work together with Unmoored, wondering if he would be interested in maybe releasing something for Roy's now resurrected label Pulverised Records. Finding it interesting indeed, Christian chose to send Roy a couple of song-samples from the "Human Trophy"-demo and since he liked what he
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QUEST OF AIDANCE Misanthropic Propaganda album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Misanthropic Propaganda
Death Metal 2013

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QUEST OF AIDANCE Fallen Man Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fallen Man Collection
Death Metal 2006
QUEST OF AIDANCE Dark Are the Skies at Hand album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Dark Are the Skies at Hand
Death Metal 2007

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QUEST OF AIDANCE Human Trophy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Human Trophy
Death Metal 2005

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QUEST OF AIDANCE Dark Are the Skies at Hand

EP · 2007 · Death Metal
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On this little EP, originally released in 2007 already, Quest of Aidance blends together death metal, grindcore, and symphonic / orchestral / ambient... Wait, what? Well, the blending doesn’t happen within songs, but between them: ”Yautjan Overture” and ”Soundtrack To Hish” are responsible for Dark Are the Skies at Hand’s experimental pieces, taking almost half of the EP’s 15-minute total playing time.

What comes to the actual metal, we are offered four tracks of relentless grindcore / death metal fusion: fast tempos, both guttural and higher-end screeches and downtuned guitar brutality. I sense that programmed drums are utilized here, but it’s handled tolerably. A surprising amount of melody is to be found from these tracks, at least on ”Red Dust” and ”Sirian Breed” that rely a lot on lead melodies. ”Distant World Arrival” and "Yield” offer the most savage pieces on the record, my personal favourites.

15 minutes pass fast and, in all honesty, not much can be remembed of it afterwards. Dark Are the Skies at Hand suffers from being a herring salad: too many ideas are thrown together in so short songs. The fact that two of these tracks are taken from an earlier release doesn’t help the EP at all either, making the package even more confusing as there’s some inbalance between the productions of tracks. To me, it seems Dark Are the Skies at Hand is a rather pointless release, but I guess this could have its fans among the most open-minded grind / death lovers.

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