This is some strong meat for all Metalheads. Friends of obscure Metal shall rejoice about this new sign of life of this Italian legend. DARK QUARTERER roam very playful territories and are hardly categorizable.
Like in the opener "Black Hole (Death Dance)", driving, heavy, with a combative-gripping chorus. Or calm and very melancholy as in the opening of the following "Last Breath". Later this piece changes, an extremely heavy, doomy riffing saws into your mind, some howling leads, a nervous drumming and a straight bass give more depth, above that we have Gianni Nepi's haunting vocals, high and cutting, with an expression of despair and still martial spirit. To call his voice cranky would not be exaggerated - still it is full of expression and melancholy! A rise in dramatics finally leads the song into pompously doomy fields, a little guitar run then lets it fade out. Great!
Then it is "Deep Wake"'s turn, it lives off its partly very unbridled passages with this hectic bass play. The vocal melodies again touch your deepest inner. Especially the driving rhythms are ingenious, completely loose of all conventions, just grooving. Then the swerve, a calm, but very intensive and emotional touching middle part, then another 180 degree turn and you are in a solo part with a slight doomy touch. And again the song changes. First you get a part in faster mid tempo, then relaxes with some clean guitar before the distortion is cranked up again and unleashes a murderous solo. You are gripped by this note tornado and you cannot free yourself anymore, it throws you to all sides and slowly shatters your soul.
"Calls" is an acoustic song, a ballad full of grace. Only 2 minutes and 22 seconds of bliss, perfect. You see, I lose myself in ravings and praisings - also the rest of the songs will keep your mouth open in wonder. This band cannot be compared to anything or anybody, here and there you can see a little ADRAMELCH shine through, then a bit of DEATH SS, but in the end DARK QUARTERER only sound like themselves. Their music carries you away, away into a mystical world of dreams. At least for 55 minutes and I am thankful for a few minutes of switching off the every day niff.
But careful: This music is extremely hard to digest - but always comprehensible! True art for those, who can appreciate it. In the underground the Italians definitely have absolute cult status! Justly! (Online May 27, 2003)