In Triumph (SPV)
by Ari Joffe
This is a killer disc, right here. The Quill play a style of hard rock that wouldn’t’ve sounded out of place back in the late ’80s/early ’90s, alongside bands like Soundgarden, The Obsessed, Mother Love Bone, and Alice In Chains. They focus on strong, Zeppelin-derived riffs, mid-tempo grooves, and clean, soaring vocals with slightly world-weary lyrics.
In Triumph is a front to back solid album, devoid of filler. It’s awesome, accessible, heavy rock music, plain and simple. The musical equivalent of comfort food for metalheads? Maybe. All the double-kick drumming, 7/8 time signatures, death puke vocals, and plodding doom dirges we’ve accepted as fans of the genre are all great and super brutal, of course, but sometimes, you just want to listen to simple music that carries a range of emotion, not just aggression or depression. The Quill provides that fix. And they do so with out coming off as syrupy or weak. It’s air-guitar worthy, for sure.