Quartz are a band from the united Kingdom that have been around since the 1970's and where part of the NWOBHM movement and plays a traditional form of heavy metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Too Hot To Handle" which was released by Skol Records.
Clean playing which is also used later on in certain sections starts off the album giving the music a classic rock feeling along with some vocals riffs, and guitar leads that have a very vintage 70's metal sound to them and the music sticks to mostly a slow to mid paced yet hard and melodic musical direction along with a good mixture of both power ballads and harder tracks.
All of the songs sound like they could off been recorded and released in the 70's and also sound like lost tracks from their earlier recordings and all of the musical instruments all have a very powerful sound to them and at times synths are added into certain sections of the recording giving the music more of a progressive rock feeling and the songs are just as much hard rock as they are heavy metal.
Quartz plays a style of NWOBHM that has a lot in common with other bands of this genre while also bringing in elements of early 70's hard rock and proto metal which also makes their music stand out a bit more, the production has a very old school yet professional sound while the lyrics cover dark, real life and mythological themes.
In my opinion Quartz are a very great sounding NWOBHM band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Crack The Sky" "Buried Alive" "Avalon" and "Gold Digger". 8 out of 10.