Will the Italian formation once more hold down the pole position of my Top 20 list? The chances are pretty good, because the new album of DARK QUARTERER once more has turned out to be extremely strong.
I will claim that the gentlemen, who are perpetually overshadowed by MANILLA ROAD and BROCAS HELM, have recorded their best piece since “The Etruscan Prophecy”. The standard Metalhead can skip this review anyways and the friends of the cranky stuff already owns the album, no? If not, then get this CD, because as ADRAMELCH haven’t gotten a CD out, there is no better stuff than “Symbols”. DARK QUARTERER test out the borders of the 70s and 80s and combine a whole chock of different influences into an extremely homogenous mixture. Just imagine ADRAMELCH and WICKED MINDS were fusing together and you have a rough idea of what “Symbols” has in store for you. Very long instrumental parts, warm sounds, fantastic melodies, top-notch and slightly cranky vocals etc., these are real musicians with heart and soul, which don’t need to bulldoze the listener into the ground with pure technicality. And even though you need time and inspiration, the music is not too complex or even complicated.
If even I with my narrow-minded weakness for simple song structures find a liking in these sounds, then you definitely can, too. Maybe try your luck first with the ultra hymn “The Blind Church” and then honestly tell me that this masterpiece does not touch you in any way. Then you will lie like a choirboy or you are devoid of feelings. The piece really deeply touched my soul and the other songs are not far behind either.
(Online December 30, 2008)