Bart M. : Swedish band The Quill saw the light of day in the early nineties, when they started playing heavy rock music. After some lineup changes and spending several years playing shows in bars they were ready to record debut album 'The Quill'. The album scored very high marks with both reviewers and fans of good music. Follow-up 'Silver Haze', which showed some definite stoner influences, did pretty good as well and a re-release of 'The Quill' was a logical progression. This got them the attention of label SVP/Steamhammer. The band entered the studio again and emerged with their new longplayer called 'Voodoo Caravan', in 2002. This record is seen as THE quintessential The Quill sound. It took them no longer than a year to release their fourth opus, 'Hooray! It's A Death Trip', and even though the sound on that one is quite the change from previous albums, this record proved to be the quartet's most loved release. After many years, a couple of albums and the departure of bassist Roger Nilsson and singer Magnus Ekwall, The Quill returned in original lineup in 2017, with their album 'Born From Fire'.
Great news for all Quill fans, and label Metalville saw good reason to re-release their earlier albums, starting with the classic albums 'Voodoo Caravan' and 'Hooray! It's A Death Trip'. Both of them remastered, with bonus tracks added and liner notes from the band included. The albums are both worthy of getting attention again. 'Voodoo Caravan' still sounds as fresh and renewing as it did back in 2002 and it shows a very energetic band that sounds like they do not give a rat's ass about things as genre and style. What we hear is something that I think we might have heard if Joey Tempest or Jon Bon Jovi would have ended up in heavier and, please excuse me, more original bands. Magnus Ekwall's voice bears some resemblance to either of those gentlemen, only it sounds even more passionate and it is supported by music that can be described as stoner and psychedelic influenced heavy rock. Steady music that you don't have to be ashamed of listening to and without the goody-goody, polyphonic choruses. Final song 'Virgo' can be considered a classic that, with its delicious, repeating riffs and high guitar notes, would not have been out of place on the original Woodstock. This would have been the final song were it not for the three bonus tracks that are included on this re-release, all of equal quality to the rest of the album.
'Hooray! It's A Deathtrip', as mentioned, has quite a different sound. Perhaps because they used a different studio. Perhaps because Steamhammer required a quick successor to 'Voodoo Caravan'. Or perhaps just because The Quill felt like it. The reason is unimportant, because we are smitten by songs that are louder and clearer, and perhaps sound a little less spontaneous than those on the previous album. The same goes for the vocals, that are still very strong and passionate but sound just slightly more forced. There IS a difference, but it is not a bothersome one. On this album, The Quill once more sound like a hungry and young band that is planning on taking over the world. Their rock is still being alternated by dark bits and creative passages, and it is still the voice that sets The Quill apart from most other bands. 'Hooray! It's A Deathtrip' contains one bonus track on this re-release and is released, like 'Voodoo Caravan', for the first time on vinyl.