Ever since it was featured in Roguelike Radio's Episode 15, I have wanted to try Antoine's Quickband. Last weekend I finally got myself to play it.
Deaths seem to happen the same way in Quickband but they definitely come quicker in terms of time played. Dragon breaths seem to have a rather long range, and actual animations (or for some reason I never see them in Angband). Packs of ranged monsters were deadlier as well.
Quickband is based on NPPAngband, and guess from it came the things I didn't recognize, like new dungeon features -- I have no idea what standing on NON-NATIVE ground does to my character.
Mostly Quickband seemed to offer a very familiar Angband experience, though, and I think from now on if I ever get the urge to play Angband, I will play Quickband instead.