From Boston, Mass USA comes the latest offering from Perennial Quest – a self-titled EP released independently by the band. The band plays power metal with thrashing speed and plenty of technical prowess.
Perennial Quest have not one, not two, but three lead guitarists – and they all get their chance to shine. Of course, you need multiple guitarists to be able to play complex, technical power metal like this, especially live. There are many occasions where synchronized leads are played, and there’s still a guitarist left to handle the rhythm parts. “Immortal Sons” is a cool track and all three guitarists play both solo and dual leads. The guitarists also lend their voices to some gang-style backing vocals. Singer Tony DiBiase sounds great and his style really fits the music.
The pace slows just a bit on the epic closer “Nightmare Horizon” – just a bit though. This one is a little more focused on harmonies and soaring leads as opposed to raw speed, and is probably the most accessible on the EP. The lyrics tell a tale of sailing into the unknown across a tireless and unforgiving sea.
The obvious comparison here is Dragonforce, but Perennial Quest are certainly not clones of them and have their own sound. I kept thinking about earlier Blind Guardian while listening to this one also – guitar driven songs and fast tempos. “Tank” is a fitting nickname for drummer Kevin Ordway as he powers through these demanding songs like a machine idling at high RPMs. There’s no getting bored listening to this EP – recommended for fans of fast power metal.