Quadrivium is a new band from Norway formed in 2005. Their 3 members are also active with other groups like Ragnarok, Vidsyn, Myrkgrav, Sworn so they are quite experienced and skilled musicians, something obvious in the quality of this impressive debut. “Adversus” is their first full length, after the “Origo” EP in 2006. Even though it was composed in 2006, it’s just in Summer 2008 that Soulseller Records finally released it.
Talking about their music, Quadrivium play avant-garde symphonic black metal and their atmosphere reminds a lot of Arcturus’ “La Masquerade Infernale”. They use a lot of melodic keys while the excellent vocals of Lars Jensen vary from clean to black screams. Actually the synths dominate the songs and together with the vocals create this unique “insane” atmosphere of madness. The sound is very full and all of the songs are more than interesting. There are slower and faster parts in the album, but they never become too extreme. After all it’s the amazing melodies of the compositions that characterize the sound of Quadrivium!
Overall it’s a really good effort and I recommend this album to all fans of avant-garde black metal and to everyone who likes symphonic melodic black metal. The production and the skill of the musicians is much above average and I believe that a great new band can be born here, especially if they manage to create a more personal sound, staying at the same quality level. You can check them at their myspace page.
Quadrivium @ Myspace
Originally published on HeavyMetalCosmos