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The Quill - "Full Circle" (CD)

The Quill - "Full Circle" CD cover image

"Full Circle" track listing:

1. Sleeping With Your Enemy
2. Full Circle
3. Black Star
4. Medicine
5. Bring it On
6. River of Moonchild
7. 24/7 Groove
8. White Flag
9. Pace That Kills
10. No Easy Way Out
11. Running
12. More Alive
13. Waiting For The Sun

Reviewed by on August 23, 2011

"With 'Full Circle,' the Quill has come back with a new singer and a winning sound. If you like your hard rock full of powerful vocals a la Sammy Hagar and thick, Jimmy Page-style riffs, this album's a must for you."

With "Full Circle," the Quill proves that the recipe for hard rock success is the same as it was when Led Zeppelin first took flight. Take one hot-shit guitarist with a repertoire of heavy riffs and the ability to bust loose a solo that could shatter glass a mile away. To that, you add a singer with powerful pipes and attitude to match, a hard-hitting drummer and a bassist who knows when to charge ahead and when to add a little wiggle to the heaviness. Mix it up right and you've got everyone from the Black Crowes to Guns N' Roses.

This is the Quill's sixth full-length record, but, as the title indicates, it's a new beginning for the band. Gone is former singer Magnus Ekwall, in is Magnus Arnar, a wailer with a voice and vocal style that calls to mind early Sammy Hagar and Chris Cornell. From his first notes on the opening track, "Sleeping With Your Enemy," Arnar knocks it out of the park. He's at his best on rockers like the sludgy "Full Circle" and "White Flag." That said, quieter material like "River Of Moonchild" and the Temple of the Dog-like "No Easy Way Out" give him a welcome chance to show off his lower register vocals.

Guitarist Christian Carlsson's riffs are heavy, with just enough bluesy bluster to get your hips shaking on tracks like "Running" and "Pace That Kills." His solos recall the pre-Van Halen era, when melody was of equal importance to string-shredding speed.

Other than one over-produced track, "24/7 Groove," featuring some tired megaphone-style vocals, there's not a lot to criticize here.

With "Full Circle," the Quill has come back with a new singer and a winning sound. If you like your hard rock full of powerful vocals a la Sammy Hagar and thick, Jimmy Page-style riffs, this album's a must for you.

Highs: "Full Circle," "Sleeping With Your Enemy" and "Running"

Lows: The mediocre "24/7 Groove"

Bottom line: An excellent hard rock disc that adopts the winning Led Zeppelin formula.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


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Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)