The Quill

Label: Metalville
Three similar bands: Monster Magnet/Spiritual Beggars/Soundgarden

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Hallucinate
2. Keep On Moving
3. Dwarf Planet
4. Left Brain Blues
5. Earthrise
6. Evil Omen
7. 21st Century Sky
8. The Zone
9. Dead River

Magnus Ekwall – Vocals
Christian Carlsson – Guitar
Roger Nilsson – Bass
Jolle Atlagic – Drums

The Quill (1995)
Silver Haze (1999)
Evermore (EP 1999)
Voodoo Caravan (2002)
Hooray! It's a deathtrip (2003)
In Triumph (2006)
Full Circle (2011)
Tiger Blood (2013)
Born From Fire (2017)


Recorded with Erik Nilsson at 491 Studio in Oskarshamn, Sweden

Released 2021-03-26
Reviewed 2021-04-13



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The Quill was given a cultural award for their musical deeds by their hometown Mönsterås in 2020, 25 years after their debut album, and not they are releasing their ninth album. They have been around for quite a while now, and from the look of their latest effort Earthrise they are more vital than ever. It is an album with a really exciting looking album, and with a history of strong albums it should be an interesting album to check out. The question is if it is as interesting as it looks.

Musically I don’t think anyone will claim that it is an album that is breaking any kind of new ground or offer any surprises. Those of you that already know The Quill will find this album quite familiar, they take inspirations from the seventies and stoner rock and bring a direct and powerful heavy rock experience. It is straightforward with strong production and vocals, compared with the predecessor I think they have better sound, and they keep it shorter and that is a very positive aspect.

Quite an excellent heavy rock album, with strong songs like Dwarf Planet and Hallucinate to name a pair of the great ones. I wouldn’t say that there are any weaker tracks on this great album, and it looks good so there is a reason to buy it just because of the look – add great music to that and there are many valid arguments for this album. The arguments against are the most common, the lack of novelty and original thinking is a negative aspect. However, negative aspects like that become less important if the album is as good as this one, you tend to care less about novelty if the end result is great.

Earthrise is an album worthy of interest, and I think there is a good chance that you will like this album if you give it a chance. It will probably be most relevant for the nostalgic music fans, but it sounds fresh enough to work with a wide audience. Can it be that The Quill is more vital than ever? Well, it is the best album of theirs that I have reviewed, so in that regard the answer is yes.