QUANTUM FANTAY - TERRAGAIA (Progressive Promotion Records)
Ostrogoth is working at their way back. Strange this band is rather unknown in their hometown while they are heroes in other countries. Even James Hetfield is a fan or did you never notice the pictures of him with an Ostrogoth shirt? Anyway these guys are working on a new album and be sure we’ll keep you posted about it. Question is of course why I am mentioning these old school Belgian Metal heroes while this review is about a totally different band. One reason and one link: Dario Frodo! Nowadays this man is guitar player of Ostrogoth and believe me he’s one of the better guitar players the Belgian Metal scène contains.
This friendly lad is also part of a band that listens to the name Quantum Fantay. I never heard from the band before but in return for a few coffees Dario delivered me this album. No metal, he said and he’s right but this is after several spins surely something that Metal heads, who care about outstanding musicianship, really should take a listen to. The boundaries with Metal, in general terms, are sometimes close and especially fans of Progressive Metal, ambient Metal and guitar heroes should take their time to give this one a shot….
This is an instrumental album on which intelligent musicianship drips out of your speakers. Four fantastic musicians are at work here on an album on which every single musician plays an equal important role. What blows me away is the atmosphere this record contains, beauty in some kind of mystical darkness. The front cover declares a lot and is the perfect shot for the imaginary dark journey you will get into.
Quantum Fantay delivers in several different moods one after another instrumental song but all is performed on a way the listener is obliged to keep on listening. Oriental moods are mixed with outstanding guitars and more than once I have the feeling being in one or another exciting science fiction movie. The keyboards are really spectacular and are responsible for the ambient and often psychedelic atmosphere. Dario’s guitars are stunning as well and he doesn’t hide he worships the better Progressive Metal bands like Dream Theater. Yet, he created his own style in it and all is played with the right sense, with some kind of intensity that will deliver you cold shivers. I adore his guitar sound and especially his acoustic performances on this one. I also hear really spectacular drum sessions and the bass lines are a driving force for each and every track.
Quantum Fantay mixes evens some Reggae, Folk and other influences into their song writing, using flutes, bagpipes and other classic instruments as well. Yet this is the kind of music that fans of Progressive Metal will adore and the guitar works are the main reason for it! Yet the listener with Metal ears will easily appreciate the no-Metal parts.. This album invites you to take an ethnical trip, on earth and far beyond. The kind of New Age mood is surely in charge for it! “Terragaia” is recorded with a really astonishing production!
Fans of electric guitars will have something to keep on listening to with “Quantum Fantay”. Marty Friedman in his old days, the better works of Ayreon or Dream Theater… Those who adore the entire scène of Progressive Rock and those Space Rock bands can even purchase it blindfolded. I’m impressed by the sharp song writing, the musical performances and the way musicianship and emotions are perfectly mixed in this kind of exclusive atmosphere. Although this kind of music will never conquer the world I’m proud of having this masterpiece, in its style, in my collection. Quantum Fantay Facebook
My Points: 89 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard50- : Rubbish