Monday 9 November 2020

QILIN - Petrichor (Album Review)

Release Date: 13th November 2020: Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Petricher - Tracklisting

Through The Fire
Cold Pine Highway
Sun Strokes The Wall
Myrmidon's Big Jam
Head Of Medusa


Thomas V.: Guitar/ Crazy solos;
Fred B.: Guitar / Heavy & bluesy solos;
Ben C.: Ultrasonic Bass;
Mat G.: Heavy Drums

Instrumental Doom/Stoner Rockers Qilin bring a lot of exciting grooves and sounds on their debut album - Petrichor. An album containing six slabs of finely tuned Instrumental Rock/Metal that brings a sense of gloomy Doomed Out presence where the band have plenty of moments to show off their fast-paced riffs and blazing energy to match.

Qilin have shades of other instrumental rock bands in their DNA with bands such as Karma To Burn and Pelican can be called as a point of reference but with this unit being more focused on the Doom/Stoner Metal side of life. They bring the heaviness of their Doom/Stoner Metal colleagues such as Sleep and Spacesslug. 

There are some cool vibes of Desert Rock and Fuzz Rock being added on the early stages of the album with the excellent two opening songs of Through The Fire and Labyrinth being prime examples of this.

The two songs show the different sides of Qilin’s musical identity but also with a deep Progressive feel to the entire album. Some songs last past the 10 minute mark and the band impress more on the lengthier songs. As they have more time to play with and add a lot more colourful ideas and riffs along the way. Though, the shorter songs are quite good as well with a more focused and direct style of music which perhaps contain the more heavier style of music compared to their lengthier counterparts.

Other great songs to checkout are: Cold Jam Highway, Myrmidon’s Big Jam and Head Of Medusa.

The instrumental work on Petrichor is always constantly changing and evolving at a natural pace with Qilin never repeating themselves. All of the songs have their own distinctive story and journey to tell with the epic riffs contained with each song.

The production is loud and crisp which allows Qilin to fire on all cylinders from start to finish.

Overall, Petrichor is a superbly made album and will entertain you for an action-packed 50 minutes and still leave you wanting more.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Qilin for the promo. Petrichor will be available to buy on CD/DD from November 13th 2020.