Quallus hails from Germany and up from the seething and darkened abyss of doom they drag along with them their demo titled Versus. This demo is just shy of twenty minutes and you may be thinking that perhaps it is split into two songs or three at the most, but that isn’t the case. Versus is all one song that shrouds you in darkness and tries its best to corrupt your soul. The sludge filled doom that Quallus plays is murky and heavy and is so thick that is has a tendency to gum up your speakers. The majority of doom is buzzing and fuzzed out and Quallus gives you both of those essential doom elements in droves.
This twenty minute offering is an epic piece and twenty minutes seems like a while especially when listening to music, but with this demo and with this single song those twenty minutes pass you by in what seems to be a mere couple of minutes. Versus keeps you entertained the entire time and engrossed in the fuzz and the chaos that is this demo. Even though this is doom and it is played at glacial speeds for the most part it doesn’t slow down as the buzzing and wall of darkened doom noise comes barrelling straight through your ear drums only to infect your mind.
Each minute and each second of this demo is filled with buzzing dirges of rumbling doom and Quallus doesn’t let up on the sonic assault for one second. Versus is aggressive and isn’t a demo that is shy about coming at you from all angles as it shrouds you in skull rattling and brain numbing noise. Versus is a massive jumping off point for Quallus as this demo is solid and filled to the brim with blasphemous doom. Each passing second is just as destructive as the one that came before it as the only goal for this demo was to corrupt your soul and level everything and anything in its path.
Versus is filled with monstrous brain jarring riffs, bone rattling bass lines, rhythmic drumming and vocals that are entirely sordid and sound as though they came straight from the netherworld. This is crushing doom and the sounds from this release seep from your speakers straight through your ears only to manifest themselves as a permanent force within your mind. As mentioned before, this is a solid release and Quallus can only build from here and with this under their belt it will be interesting to see what they come up with next and what an EP or perhaps a full length will sound like. For now however, we have this demo that shreds and provides us with enough doom to tide us over.
Check out Quallus with Versus.