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Quercus : Nenia-Membrane (EP)

Although both the 'Nenia' MCD as well as the 'Membrane' track are released by Foreshadow Productions (the second on a sampler compiled by the label), this is in fact an unreleased CDr containing both works of this Czech band, which are normally available separately.

Quercus has always been in my book an extraordinary underground entity, but this CDr takes the band's avantgarde extreme doom to a whole new dimension and -dare I say?- level. The three lengthy tracks take their time to unveil their dark secrets, which are hidden behind painfully distorted guitars, brutal screams and dissonant melodies. Once in a while, surprising twists like a folky rhythm keep the tracks interesting despite their apparent lack of recognizable song structures.

The crunchy, heavily distorted guitar sound creates a stream of sound that forces the listener into a strange feeling of apathy and numbness. But despite the similarities, the third track stands out with its extremely slow tempo, ritual percussion and heavy organ sound. Perhaps reminding of the more experimental moments of Skepticism, 'Membrane' is a real gem which makes me long for the Foreshadow Productions sampler which features this track.

You can argue that Quercus is an underestimated entity, but from the other side, when you make such difficult and demanding music like this band, you know in advance that the path you have chosen is only for the few. Either way, those who are into dark, dissonant and experimental extreme music, need no look any further for a new challenging listen.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Awaken to Peace
2. Nameless
3. Membrane

Duration : Approx. 37 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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