|Death Metal, Grindcore
June 18th, 2010
Release length: 14:41
Well, first, let’s clear up the air here. Dark Are the Skies at Hand is a compilation EP in a sense, as it does feature already released material, plus four new tracks. The tracks, “Distant World Arrival” and “Sirian Breed” also appeared on the band’s previous EP Fallen Man Collection. However, “Distant World Arrival” was also made available on their 2005 demo Human Trophy. There really is no need to include these songs unless you missed out on both previous releases, which had limited pressings. Aside that, there are four other tracks, two of which are the expected Death Metal and Grindcore madness you would expect from Quest of Aidance, and the other two are rather haunting ambient instrumentals that simply radiate b-movie score from the Predator films, including “Soundtrack To Hish” which includes the growling/hissing noise of a Predator itself.
As far as the music for this release goes, it’s phenomenal. Past recordings aside, the non-ambient tracks are total madness from start to end. The song “Red Dust” is really the most enjoyable on here as it includes a little bit of guitar melody in it thanks to a much higher (both in volume and pitch) overlaid guitar riff for the chorus of the song. If you sit back and listen to the songs you can hear the Death Metal in the band through the guitars being masked by the chaos of the Grindcore element that happens to either take over in the form of the verses or bridges, or simply is overlapped by the intense drumming on each and every one of these tracks. However, it is a little odd that the instrumental tracks appear before the last non-ambient track, “Yield”. These ambient tracks (“Soundtrick To Hish” and “Yautjan Overture”) start off the EP on the next side, so if you have that pressing it works well and brings in a very eery feeling before the rather straight forward Death Metal track “Yield” kicks in to close out the release. If you happen to have this in any other form outside of vinyl for some reason, then take this into consideration.
If you’re looking for a new and very promising band, then look no further then Quest of Aidance. With already release material aside, this is an act that deserves your full attention. If the band ever puts out a full-length album, there is no denying it will be an absolutely intense sci-fi and horror thrill ride from start to finish. In the mean time, Dark Are the Skies at Hand make a suitable temptation that teases you with a very short lifespan of a little more then fourteen minutes, but it will see much, much more play time then that.
01. Distant World Arrival – 1:45
02. Red Dust – 2:12
03. Sirian Breed – 2:29
04. Soundtrack To Hish – 4:00
05. Yautjan Overture – 2:59
06. Yield – 1:16
|Overall Score: 9/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Pulverised Records via Earsplit PR.