Qntal IV: Ozymandias

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OZYMANDIAS, Qntal's fourth release, continues the group's exploration of medieval and Celtic themes. Fans of Qntal's previous albums will find much to appreciate here, and the addition of English-language lyrics and electronica flourishes (the jig "Cupido," for example, has an almost danceable, techno-flavored beat) should broaden Qntal's appeal. A dark, chilly atmosphere prevails throughout much of OZYMANDIAS, yet there is also a peaceful, calming aspect to contemplative airs like "Vogelfluc" and "Dulcis Amor." High-energy tunes like "Amor Volat" borrow from the energy of rock and New Wave, proving Qntal's ability to bridge the ancient past and the cutting-edge present in powerful, intriguing ways.

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