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Destroyer of Worlds
November 2002
Released: 2002, Independent
Rating: 2.8/5
Reviewer: Night of the Realm

DESTROYER OF WORLDS is the debut EP by the Georgian one-man project Quietus headed by Chris Waters. “Hyperspeed brutal apocalyptic metal” is what Chris calls his band and I can think of no better way to describe it.

An atmospheric intro entitled “Bow (In The Beginning) opens the album. This opener is certainly not what I expected; spacey samplers and effects, as well as a King Diamond-esque scream set the apocalyptic stage for this album. “Bloodsworn” comes blasting in as heavy death-metal riffs and pulsing programmed drums crush the listener. The vocals are very raw, delivered in a screaming/croaking fashion, with some cleaner style screams also used. This track is difficult to listen to, however, as the riffs tend to be buried behind the screaming and programmed drums. The atmosphere is there, and this has the potential to be a good song if the mix were improved. The final track on the album is the title track, “Destroyer Of Worlds,” which has nothing at all to do with Bathory. Here, the production has improved somewhat, and the King Diamond-esque vocals, along with processed “demon voice” spoken parts form the bulk of the vocal section. Quietus also uses more of the synths and electronic samplers to complement the atmosphere of the song, making the title track the best on this three-track demo.

Quietus has the potential to grow into a successful project if the issues of production and drumming are addressed. The speed and intensity is there, and the samplers and electronic effects make Quietus stand apart. Currently, Chris is working on a second EP, tentatively titled BOW.
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