of all let me express my sincere thanks for your job. It was hard to
I saw your valutation....great taste!! ah ah !
-I read there were some problems during the composition and recording
of "Violence". Could you be more detailed about them?
Yes, in the beginning, in 1997 we started to think about new compositions.
Deep Wake and Black Hole were constructed with the great help of Sandro
Tersetti (our guitarist in the "War Tears" album) but unluckily during
the composition he decided to leave the band because of family problems.
We contacted two other guitarists and some new tracks were realized
with them, but one more time we were without the third element!! Only
in 1999 we found Francesco... In 2001 the master was ready and it was
requested with enthusiastic energy by one of the most important labels
in Italy. After having kept the master in their hands for 1 year and
a half (without any reason) they informed us that our music was too
difficult to understand and not quite commercial for the present market
condition !!! So everything had to be started again. Luckily we found
Andromeda Relics and Tony Soddu who remixed all the material with a
really great result!!
-Was it hard to find someone like Francesco, somebody who could musically
and personally tune D.Q.? Was it a decision to find a young musician
or just the case?
Francesco is so young (23 years old) and when we contacted him in 2000,
only 20!!! He lives in Piombino. His father Gino is a great friend
of ours and a musician too (drummer). He proposed his son to us, asking
us to listen to him....the alliance was immediate!!
-Why didn't you leave him place in the songwriting?
As I have just explained, when Francesco joined the band all of the
tracks were completed.. Obviously his contribution for new arrangements
was very important and a great part of our current sound depends on
Francesco's sound...but all melodies were already done at that time...
I can anticipate you that a new song is just completed and Francesco
is the author. A melody...very very melanconic and sweet, surely a wonderful
ring in Dark Quarterer's chain.
-Tell us about him and the other novelty, the new label Andromeda Relics.
Francesco started to play guitar very young (abt 14 years old) and immediately
studied classic and electric guitar at the LIZARD School in Grosseto.
He completed his studies one year ago with the maximum mark and the
honours by the great teacher Mr. Giovanni Unterberger! Francesco's sound
is full of soul, feelings, strength and great technical skill. We're
very glad to play with him.....
Speaking about Andromeda Relics, what can we say?? Gianni Della Cioppa
and Max Bettinazzi have an enthusiastic way to live music ..as young
boys with htheir first love, so everything passing through their hands
becomes rich and full of energy. The label really believes in all true
metal and we were lucky to be contacted by them..that's all.
-Is it hard to write a satisfactory song? If you write a good song that
sounds far from your style, do you change it into something more 'proper'
or do you reject it? How long does it take to write a song? Maybe months?
Oh, yes, it is very very difficult; usually the first idea is a little
melody but sometimes a subject for lyrics can be the first spark, then
everything depends on our single taste and way to intend that melody
or subject.. For example: when I composed "Last Song" I was in the north
of Italy (Malcesine) on holiday. The weather was very bad, so we were
obliged to stay in the hotel. The melody was the first born. It slid
note after note as it was still ready in my mind and in few minutes
all the song was composed. A true inspiration!! I always compose using
a 12 strings acoustic guitar, so the result was a ballad. After few
days I wrote the words. The subject was suicide seen as the last solution
to all life problems... When I presented the song to Paolo he inserted
a march tempo justifying it as a march, the last walk from life to death;
but the song was not completed and Francesco inserted the bridge before
the last part with a crescendo and guitar solo...the choral part in
the end represents the last souls singing.. All these things and considerations
were realised in months of research and failures. Each song needs 3
or 4 months of hard work and the result is OK only if the first flame
has been a good flame, otherwise all clouds would be useful!
Markus, you must know that we have never recorded songs if we weren't
completely satisfied abt the job made.
-What made you start again after years of disappointements, lies, sudden
stabs at your back, the aggravation of the musical business...?
As we explained first, we have never stopped to create music but we
cannot complete a job if we don't have a guitar player... in any case
market situation isn't interesting for me. We play our music ...the
wind could be against or in favour to our course.... we play . it's
-You've made a very good record. Can we hope this is not the last one
we'll hear from you?
We are already working on the new one.. we hope to be in studio for
next October and I can anticipate you that we are trying a new music
experiment, a new style mix, I may say nothing more....ssh!!!
-If the previous sold 2,560 copies, how many do you expect to sell with
1.000.000.000.000.000.000.000. it's enough??
-What are your live dates for 2003, and will you be playing at some
We were contacted for a Heavy metal festival in July but I don't know
the name of the festival nor the place. We are preparing material for
a tour with Toni Soddu, and we hope to play all around Italy before
summertime... Can you organize a date for us in your town? (I wish I
had the time and the money that Hard Stuff has. Sorry, try next year!/Markus's
-What do you think of Italian scene and why do you think you have never
gained the success that you deserve?
There are several good bands in Italy like Doomsword, Lacuna Coil, Evil
Wings, but the other bands who sold a lot of copies play shit music!
People like easy things, they don't like to think too much and the
music of Dark Quarterer cannot be considered commercial, so people listen
to that once, don't understand it and change page... easy, very easy...
People are ignorant and for many young boys Heavy Metal is only fashion:
chains, skulls, devils, dragons, a lot of dragons, everywhere!!! how
many of them will be here in 3 years??? Very few!!!
-Maybe the live activity wasn't enough?
Yes! We're of one mind and we are trying to remedy it!!!
-How do you compare "Violence" with the past production? To my mind,
there's a big difference, rather than between the 1st and 2nd album...
Our opinion is: this last album is different as to the sound, modern
is especially the guitar style, some technical experiments too, and
some theatrical solutions in the voice interpretation. The atmosphere
is very similar to the first album. But the quality of the sound and
a different concept of composition matured in 15 years make the difference
-Add something interesting about the lyrics.
Lyrics are a very important section in the songs of Dark Quarterer.
I always try to use words and concepts never banal often utilizing similitudes
in order to increase the imagination of the listener. "You, you are
like a little boat sailing on my course..." in the song "Rape"... for
example. The theme of violence has been touched and analized in various
different situations. Always with tragical epilogues, except in "Deep
Wake", where the subject is the fight against false metal in which we
believe strongly, so the conclusion is positive as to our thoughts.
-Future plans for the next 2 years? Any new releases?
We are still preparing new songs for the 5th album and will probably
release a live album too. This summer we are preparing a live tour but
we are not sure about dates and places.
-What about the distribution abroad?
We are in contact to get a distribution in Greece and Japan with specialized
distributors. Regarding the other countries, Pick Up records is working
-Time for a final greeting or message to your fans and thanx for the
Everything has to be done with the force of passion, only in this
way all results will reach the soul. A big thank you and a strong
embrace to you Markus and to all people who like true metal without
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20/2/03
v., b. and 12-string g.
Francesco Sozzi, g.
Paolo Ninci, d.
Dark Quarterer (Dark Quarterer - 1987)
The Etruscan Prophecy (Cobra - 1989, re-released on CD with 1 bonus
track in May 2002 by Comet Records)
War Tears (Inline Music - 1995)
Violence (Andromeda Relics - 2002)