Quandry
Five Senses of Phantasm
Self Released

There’s nothing like a refreshing dose of heavy in just the right way. Metal has its parameters for wiggle room, wherein individuality can become lost in simply trying to keep w/ in its own confines.

Having never heard this trio before , I immediately figured that a band opening for local monoliths Floater had to be good, so I picked them out to give a listen and ended up giving it a 2nd, then 3rd go-around and was pretty impressed by this effort.

These dudes hail from Eugene originally as a high school party band, only to temporarily break up and then regroup again in 2004 after realizing that they actually had something good going.
FIve Senses of Phantasm bathes the listener in a bevy of textures with usual influences seeming from just the right places, allowing originality to chart the course.

One song blasts you with chunks of distortive thundering walls of power, while the next track floats you down a soulful stream of consciousness. Quandry has no problem meshing Megadeth-like power chording and disarray with an absolute dreamy Floydian- like amiability, which glimmers through their certain pall of doom almost in one collective breath. These guys are in tune with each other.

This CD delivers a few diverse styles, like African rhythm and middle-eastern chord progressions, and slight industrial flavors delivered with smooth and sinister overtones as well.

The first track starts strong with a Nirvana flavor to it, but the feel is fast-forwared to a modern day presence of mind. Highly original and perfect to open the door. “Scarab” could levitate the dead up through the cold hard earth with its shear power and angst .Emotion and mood sets the journey with a sort of a space travel sensibility.

“Apostasy” plays out great with Guy’s thundering guitar lines setting the rhythm. Here, Nate(Vocals,Bass,Keys) and Scotty(Percussion) seem to play behind him as the rhythm section.

The attractive guitar tickling with an ivory like smoothness is polarized with a bone crushing smash in “Shock Therapy”. The tonality is moving, with tight transitions. And Nate’s vocal styling is powerful and convincing.

“Deals” is the closer, and shows that the last can be as good as the first. Delivering classic controlled madness, harnessed at the end with a soothing piano line to help lick the wounds.

I was also grateful they were wise enough to spare us from too much of the over-used wolfen- growl that has wasted far too many megabytes where actual musical creativity belongs – Plus, it’s just not scary anymore.

Five Senses of Phantasm is impressive. The CD embraces a diversity of style within its genre pool while dipping enough in creative territories. Quandry has successfully forged a convincing attitude of Mean Metal along with a mind expanding emotional appeal.

© 2011 Buko Magazine

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