We now live in a new era where Stoner Rock has pretty much met its demise. Those that were once stoner fuzz rocker's have either opted for a more straight forward Hard Rock sound or disbanded once and for all. THE QUILL here hold on tight to their roots while at the same time manage to do something than many bands in that genre failed to do and that is add some nice harmonies and good clean vocals.
The title track has the 70's influence that we all know and have long since bailed on, but these guys add a certain melody and quality to the song that makes it survive. Roger Nilsson who toured with ARCH ENEMY as the bass player and occasionally pops up on Mike Amott's other band SPIRITUAL BEGGARS can lay down some mean bass lines, but rather than focus on how low can you go, Roger pumps a lot of rhythm and groove into the sound to keep it sounding fresh to a degree and not make it sound boring.
"Sell No Soul" is just full of catchy riffs along with some pounding bass and drumming that keeps it from sounding like everything else that has been recorded before this band. Sure, the guys look up to their inspiration such as KYUSS and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. It would be foolish for them not to give them props as you can hear their sound in the music.
THE QUILL manages to compose music that may be inspired by the aforementioned bands, but present their own sound that keeps them from being clones. "Shapes Of Afterlife" really brings out the 70's sound with the fuzzy and thick bass thumping and psychedelic atmosphere, but you don't mind it because their other songs don't manage to sound the same here. Another twist in the bands sound is the fuzzy, blues slide guitar sound of "Until Earth Is Bitter Gone". Starts off as a psychedelic ballad, but really kicks it into full throttle mid way through the song. Nice mixture of sounds. Actually works well.
Magnus' vocals are one of the key factors that keeps this band and CD from sound like everything else. Melody plays a key part as well and makes this an enjoyable listen. (Online September 11, 2002)