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The Quill: Full Circle
Heavy Metal, Stoner Metal
Metalville Records
July 26th, 2011
Release length: 55:17
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The Quill is a well established Heavy Metal and Stoner Metal group from Mönsterås, Sweden. The band formed back in 1990, and over the years has issued a good number of full-length albums, and a few miscellanious releases. Of course, not many have heard of this band, though fans of Progressive Rock may have unknowingly been introduced to them thanks to vocalist Magz Arnar having put in time with Ayreon on the album The Human Equation. Full Circle marks the sixth full-length from the group, being released five years after their previous effort, In Triumph, and it shows why this band has been a driving force in the Stoner Metal scene. Well, at least in Sweden.

Full Circle is a strong album of Heavy Metal riffs and attitude played at a slower and somewhat simpler Stoner Metal pace and atmosphere, which is heavily pushed along by the quality of the recording. While rather clear, the guitars feel heavy and drive the songs forward with the assistance of the deep and rich bass, which is a dominant force behind the music. The drums manage to make the naterial sound much richer and even more vibrant through well executed fills and some restraint with precision timing when the music slows down without much of a warning, though executed with a good transition. The overall performance feel energetic, and you can really feel it once the album starts, especially in the clean vocals which sound full of vigor, but never to the point where they clash against the music by being too energetic, or any less then the music. There are some layering effects used to make them sound richer at times, such as the chorus of “Black Star”, which works out great and leaves the listener relieved that this concept does not wind up being overused and ruined shortly after the start.

With the start of Full Circle, you probably would not even know The Quill is a Swedish band. “Sleeping With Your Enemy” starts off with a great catchy Stoner Rock-based hook with a Heavy Metal drive and passion behind it. The song has a bit of a darker, heavier feel to it compared to some of the other tracks, but at the same time it maintains a bit of a dirty Southern feeling to the music, at times somewhat straddling into a slight Sludge Metal vibe as well. This is not pertained to just this song, as many other tracks with a strong Heavy Metal presence come off this way too, though the slower Rock oriented tracks, such as “Black Star”, don’t share that vibe or atmosphere due to the more lighter nature of the music and more Rock oriented riffs. The song itself, however, is highly infectious with it’s energetic performance, yet slower and catchier Rock sound and attitude. These type of songs actually make up a good chunk of the album, and there’s a great deal of variety to them.

“River of Moonchild” is one of those slow tracks, but it doesn’t seem to fit the whole Stoner Metal, or even Stoner Rock concept the band runs with at the start. Instead, The Quill seem to put together a moving Southern Rock track that is a lot softer and has a bit of a ballad feel to it. Even the following “24/7 Groove” feels this way with a somewhat faster sound that takes more of a Southern Rock vibe to the music then a Stoner Rock or Metal sense, though the general sound and fluidity of the tracks compared to the rest of the album do remain about the same, and the latter of those two tracks do have some Stoner Rock-esque moments to them in some bridges, and is another one of the more infectious tracks off the recording thanks to it’s stronger Hard Rock presence creating really strong riffs that are catchy against a very well done vocal performance that isn’t as energetic as other tracks, having a more serious approach to them, but still being strong enough to really capture the passion and atmosphere that the music gives off for the song. Of course you can’t look past “No Easy Way Out”, which is another slower paced Rock track similar to “River of Moonchild”. The song’s emotional drive can really be felt from start to finish, and some of the additional background guitars really add to a strong Blues sound to the track that just fits so well, leaving the track to feel relaxing and uplifting musically despite it’s rather depressing lyrics.

These slower tracks really stand out on the recording moreso then the Heavy Metal and Stoner Metal songs do. Of course, this doesn’t mean those tracks are bad, but for this album just kept to a minimum, which is fine considering the quality of each track on the recording that follows that established sound, or the later Rock approach. Of course,t he two that make the heaviest impact on the listener wind up being “Sleeping With Your Enemy”, which is just a heavy track that is catchy from start to finish, and the title track “Full Circle” which shares the same kind of musical traits as the first song with it being heavy and catchy at the same time. The shift into Rock does seem gradual and well executed through the album, and random Metal-like moments and tracks such as “24/7 Groove” and the groove-driven Stoner Rock strong “Running” with it’s earlier Rock attitude and Heavy Metal aggression do make the transition feel natural and work well with the atmosphere that is established and later altered a bit with each coming track to keep the album sounding fresh without completely losing sight of what it set out to do in the first place.

What it comes down to for Full Circle is that the album is composed of varying styles and sounds, and while that may not be the best of ideas for bands since keeping a fluid sound from start to finish becomes a problem, The Quill pull it off well and give an album that has a great amount of variety to it. The music is strong and energetic, and so are the vocals except the times when they clearly have a more serious approach for a song that would require a little more seriousness then a fun and energetic performance. The material here also varies greatly between Heavy Metal, Stoner Metal, and Stoner, Hard, and Southern Rock sounds, all meshed together well through a natural progression of heavier material at the start with sprinkles of it throughout the slower, more Rock oriented conclusion. Full Circle is strong album that doesn’t have a single song that feels like filler or tacked on to expand the album to it’s fifty five minute album length, and for that it becomes a great value for the quality of the material the band presents. For a Swedish band, the group captures a rich Southern vibe and even attitude on the album, and in the end, while there isn’t anything really awe-inspiring or jaw dropping, The Quill give us a strong, solid album that fans of Rock and Stoner Metal will definitely come back to time and time again.

01. Sleeping With Your Enemy – 3:34
02. Full Circle – 4:34
03. Black Star – 3:48
04. Medicine – 4:03
05. Bring it On – 3:46
06. River of Moonchild – 4:28
07. 24/7 Groove – 3:38
08. White Flag – 3:32
09. Pace That Kills – 4:19
10. No Easy Way Out – 5:52
11. Running – 4:21
12. More Alive – 5:07
13. Waiting for the Sun – 4:08
Overall Score: 9.5/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Metalville Records via Freeman Promotions.