If all hell’s inhabitants were gathered for some kind of grisly celebration, accompanied by all sinful earthly souls that are yet to pass the gates of inferno, this EP would be a fitting soundtrack for such a hideous event, which proves the band’s assessment regarding the amount of devils dancing to this music inappropriately modest and downright inaccurate.
Although technically an EP, Three Devils Dance is fairly long, intellectually demanding and emotionally draining musical pilgrimage that certainly feels like a double album more than anything else. Absolutely every standard a death metal album can be evaluated by or compared to other releases is on a full display here and I sincerely can’t recall a better example of sheer, unfiltered evil and intelligent, proficient and versatile songwriting complementing each other so effectively.
Sonically and lyrically, Three Devils Dance deals with the usual suspects of darkness, destructiveness, metaphysical horror and all other things negative, but Qrixkuor’s members most certainly don’t do that from inferior position of someone directly affected or crushed by those forces. On the contrary, these Londoners leave an impression of impartial spectators who witness and give an account of life’s misery, watching its filth and decadence from their unsullied heights, subsequently resulting in a listener feeling empowered rather than miserable after the experience.
Three Devils Dance is sinister and powerful musical statement, at moments disturbing, at other moments grandiose, but at all times perfectly articulated and in essence completely different from any other band a careless listener may foolishly put them in the same category with. Qrixkuor are in league of their own, make no mistake about it, and they certainly represent one of Invictus Productions’ most exciting signings in recent years. Very much looking forward to seeing what future holds for this remarkable band.
(Invictus Productions, 2016)