QUO VADIS - DEFIANT IMAGINATION
Quo Vadis hails from Montreal, has been doing the rounds for over ten years now and has released a couple of albums in the past. The band's latest is a high-budget independent CD featuring Sadus' Steve DiGiorgio on bass guitar and boasting a mix courtesy of Jim Morris at Morrisound Studio.
The band's revamped line-up offers a techno thrash/heavy metal sound reminiscent of late Death and Sadus. The presence of those bands' bassist also explains the prominent bass guitar sound. The rest of the band is comprised of adept musicians as well. The delivery and sound are unsurprisingly clinically clean and sterile, mostly fast and often precise. It is in the nature of the sub-genre that the music loses much of its emotional appeal as a consequence of the characteristics, although the sound could have been a little thicker regardless. Other noteworthy items are the perfected guitar solos on songs like Silence Calls The Storm and To The Bitter End, the hardcore instances on Tunnel Effect, the operatic and orchestral In Articulo Mortis and outro and the slower and almost oriental Dead Man's Diary. - Ali "The Metallian"
QUO VADIS - DEFIANT INDOCTRINATION (3 DVD) - SKYSCRAPER
Once upon time the promise of DVDs was the ability to have multiple angles and to provide other goodies for the viewers. Fast forward to Quo Vadis’ triple DVD and one finds a completely separate third DVD that contains the entire live set featured on the other double-sided DVD but with two cameras focused exclusively on Yanic Bercier, the drummer. Moving on to the music contained therein it is immediately clear that musically the band borrow a lot from the likes of Children Of Bodom, In Flames and are also inspired by Blind Guardian and Death’s latter days. The live set, recorded in Montreal on the occasion of the ”˜release party’, features body-painted semi-nude dancers, a choir, a violinist and a pigtailed keyboard player. There is quite a bit of energy and the DVD production is good but all the non-metal elements are almost at the point of taking away from the metal and making the performance too much of a show. Of note is the length of the DVDs, running at just under an hour and a half one wonders if a double DVD is indeed required... - Anna Tergel