“The true potential of our endeavors and the endeavors of the human race are unveiled by the very realization of their existence.” — Jason Flippo,QUINTA ESSENTIA
Long-running extreme metal unit QUINTA ESSENTIA is pleased to issue the visual accompaniment to “The Stone As A Key.” The psalm comes by way of their Initiates Of The Great Work full-length, released earlier this year via Deathgasm. Recorded and engineered by former drummer Lance Wright (former touring drummer for Vile, guitarist for Epoch Of Unlight et al) at Stargate Studios in Huntsville, Alabama and mixed by Wright and Colin Davis (Vile), the ten-track offering centers itself around alchemy, electromagnetic energy, the illusions manifested in our culture, expanded consciousness, and enduring the long journey while many aspects of modern culture seek to convince us how insignificant we are as beings.
Elaborates band founder Jason Flippo, “Transcend into the world of sorcery and alchemy with us as we journey through hidden landscapes which are obscured by distraction yet revealed by determination. The true potential of our endeavors and the endeavors of the human race are unveiled by the very realization of their existence. The potential of metal music to be the vessel in which the higher purpose (or alchemical stone) can be attained is the unifying and healing element within the movement to make a powerful presence known to those who choose.”
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Initiates Of The Great Work serves as QUINTA ESSENTIA‘s most industrious work to date both musically and thematically. Just as the opening track “The Wanderer Travels” foretells, QUINTA ESSENTIA voyages with no regard for compromise to fit into subgenres or niches, crushing boundaries with aggressive, mystical art that hails the old ways of traditional metal while pushing forward into uncompromising territories.
In an 8/10 score Metal Injection champions, “Initiates Of The Great Work is a stone cold stunner from a band who have been building up to creating a monstrosity like this for a decade. They understand the wonderful insanity of heavy metal and the raw potential and magic of the genre. They understand the raw darkness that draws so many of us back year after year. So come into a world of great secrets, potent spells, and travail so epic that none dare name it.” Of the track “Mystical Union” specifically, No Clean Singing notes, “While QUINTA ESSENTIA incorporates a lot of stylistic variety into this new album, ‘Mystical Union’ honors hallmarks of epic, traditional heavy metal within the turbocharged framework of melodic death metal. The song leaps forward at a romping pace, propelled by hard-jabbing riffs, militaristic double-kicks, and rapidly pulsing bass notes, with harsh, leonine howls that rise up into shrieks of murderous rage. But what really sets the song apart are the scintillating dual-guitar harmonies and eye-opening solos. In fact, the last two minutes of the song are essentially devoted to an extended, multi-part solo that ranges from the fluidly melodic to the superheated heights of fire-breathing shred.” Adds Moshpit Nation, “I always love an album which forces me into some involuntary reaction, especially an album that touches whichever part of my lizard brain causes headbanging. Initiates Of The Great Work is just such an album. QUINTA ESSENTIA takes you on a joyride though the darker recesses of your brain by creating an inescapable mental atmosphere. The album cover presents a window into the dark, sorcerous realm I am transported to every time I listen to this album. Like labelmates Abominant, they follow their own path to creating an unexpectedly good piece of music.”
Forged in 2004, QUINTA ESSENTIA is a North American extreme metal band from the Southern United States. Since their earliest beginnings, the band’s lyrical direction has been focused around the ethereal dark matter background holding the celestial bodies into place, as well as touching on subjects revolving around transcendence, philosophy, and mysticism. The steps of the alchemical transformation and the changing of the material existence into one of growth and transformation has played a large role in themes while also hinting at the cover up of the true human potential.