DARK QUARTERER joins MOMR roster!
We are chuffed to announce the start of the co-operation with a legendary band from Italy, a group which we consider one of the best if not THE best band coming from this country. DARK QUARTERER, known also as the pioneers of the epic/progressive style (and sometimes called "the Italian MANILLA ROAD"), have signed with Metal on Metal for the release of their just recorded 6th full-length album "Ithaca". Those who know us well, know that we're not really into progressive metal, as the majority of it is too cold, sterile and soulless for our taste (the typical "Dream Theater" effect - music for other musicians mostly), but DARK QUARTERER are the polar opposite of most progressive metal bands (perhaps also because their style is more of an amalgam of '70s progressive rock with early '80s epic heavy metal, and some elements of doom): their music is warm and full of emotions. Spellbinding, unconventional, quirky... There are many adjectives that could describe it, but one thing is for sure: you just can't mistake DARK QUARTERER for any other band.
Gianni Nepi, the band's vocalist/bassist commented:
"We've known Simone and Jowita for years. They often came to our concerts, and there's always been a great, friendly relationship between us. Oftentimes Jowita would take photos at our shows and share them with us. We've had the chance to see the quality of their releases, and when we needed a new label, it seemed natural to consider their involvement. We met several times before finalizing the terms of the agreement, and we believe it's a great opportunity to keep on releasing our albums in the best way possible."
Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi added:
"My first meeting with DARK QUARTERER and their unique music was in 2004, at the Keep It True II festival. I had not heard any song of that band before, and I was enchanted on the spot. We've kept in touch ever since and by now we've seen the band live over a dozen of times... and each time they sounded incredible, no matter if they played on a big stage or in a small club or a biker bar. A spotless performance is a guarantee with this band. Such level of talent and professionalism is rare these days indeed. It's an honour for us to be working with this legendary band that also happens to be comprised of true gentlemen."
DARK QUARTERER started out in 1980 in Piombino (Tuscany), though the roots of the band date back to 1974 (when they played covers as OMEGA R), and released their self-titled debut album in 1987. They've gained their cult underground following through five studio albums (re-released over the years several times) and many live performances, including shows at prestigious festivals all over Europe, where they were often considered the highlight of the events, consolidating their reputation as an amazingly good live band. They've played in Germany (at Keep It True, twice at Hammer of Doom and at Metal Forces festival), Sweden (at Muskelrock), Denmark (at Metal Magic), Norway (Metal Merchants), Malta (twice at Malta Doom Metal festival), Greece (Up the Hammers), Austria (Doom Over Vienna), Cyprus (Power of the Night festival), France (Teilia Prog Fest), as well as in UK, and obviously at a great many Italian events (including festivals with international billings like Play It Loud and Play It Doom). With the founding members Gianni Nepi (vocals/bass) and Paolo "Nipa" Ninci (drums), and the line-up that's been steady since 2003, the band has just recorded their new work. "Ithaca" is a concept album utilizing the Homeric return journey of Odysseus to his home island as a metaphor for the journey of life. The CD is set to be released this April.
Most followers of our label probably already know this band, but you may find some facts you have not known about checking their newly re-written detailed biography on the DARK QUARTERER page on our website. Check out also the photo galleries, especially the live photos to see the band in action!
Gianni Nepi and Paolo "Nipa" Ninci signing the contract with Metal on Metal Records: