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Surrey, British Columbia, Canada | INDIE

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"Quartered Walks Like A Ghost"

Reviewed by The_Avant_Garde on October 16, 2010

"'Walks Like A Ghost' is an album packed with the perfect mix of heaviness and melody, creating songs that contain elements of progressive metal, post-rock, metalcore, and in some short instances; alternative doom."

While not unheard of, it is rare to come across a newly released album that makes a band’s back catalogue obsolete. It doesn't happen often, but when it does its always exciting and such is the case with Quartered’s second full-length release “Walks Like A Ghost.” When held in comparison to the Vancouver act’s earlier work there simply is no comparison. “Walks Like A Ghost” is an album packed with the perfect mix of heaviness and melody, creating songs that contain elements of progressive metal, post-rock, metalcore, and in some short instances; alternative doom. “Walks Like A Ghost” is like a re-debut of sorts for this young band and will surely garner it the attention it now deserves.

With the exception of one weak track, “After Midnight,” the album has exceptional flow and is crafted in a way to deliver maximum impact. Album opener “Komera” is fantastic and features excellent vocal work that switches between somber, heart-felt singing to pain injected screams. The music itself crosses many music territories while at the same time not being sporadic or random; imagine later Katatonia mixed with “Watch Out!” era Alexisonfire. “Walks Like A Ghost” is a leap forward in every aspect of the band’s sound and incorporates every band member to achieve its greatness. “Life And Light In The Form Of You,” while having the feeling of an unresolved ending, features some of the band’s best songwriting on the entire record.

Every band member is on point and dialed into one another, feeding off each other’s energy. The songs on the album are written in a way that allows it to sound great both on record while also giving it the potential to translate well to a live setting. The title track features the most upbeat and fast intro to any song on the album and will surely become a crowd favorite, not to mention the sing-along gang vocal section layered in the background is fantastic and gives the song an extra edge.

While being a great record, there are tracks that do take a bit of time to grow on the listener. Unfortunately those tracks are all packed into the middle of the album, one after the other. “Letter to You,” “Nothing Without Love,” and “Familiar” again are all well written, but do not have that sudden impact on the listener like the opening and ending tracks do. Although the songs are by no means filler and are worth coming back to with every spin. These three tracks are all dark affairs, as is much of the album, and contain dense music that hits hard. After a couple of successive listens it will become apparent that these are actually some of the better cuts on the disc and will become increasingly enjoyable after ever play.

The album ends with a strong two song punch. “Falling Man” features, musically, a strong doom metal vibe that is both incredibly dark and heavy. If Quartered possessed any low, guttural growls this song would have fit well on any release from bands like Swallow the Sun or Daylight Dies. The final track, “Half-Cab,” is the band’s most accessible song on the record and also the most “metal,” with a constant aggression that carries throughout. The guitar work and drumming are also great on this track and make good use of complex rhythms to build a progressive atmosphere.

The only things holding this album back from being any better is the volume level of the bass, which needs to be louder in many areas, and also the lack of any lower end growls; which could be added to change things up every now and then. Regardless, as Quartered move forward things will surely become even bigger and better for this young Vancouver five-piece. “Walks Like A Ghost” is a strong record with few flaws and puts the band on the map with any of the top acts in its genre, using strong songwriting ability with phenomenal production quality. While maybe not heavy enough for the hardcore metal head, “Walks Like A Ghost” is for anyone that appreciates the perfect blend of heavy and melody with some incredible clean singing.

Highs: Amazing vocals, especially on tracks like "Komera" and "Life And Light In The Form Of You." Great song writing throughout..

Lows: Could have done without "After Midnight," the track seems uninspired.

Bottom line: For fans of dark, melodic metal and everything in between. - Metal Underground


" Quartered - Creative old school nuance."


"I have to say, I find Quartered to be very refreshing. With Tool inspired bass tones and underlying guitar riffs complimented by Silverchair style eclectic vocals they put an old school spin on creative nuance."

"The music is well written and you don't get that annoying clash of sounds that most 5 piece bands produce. It's heavy and hard without being overbearing, and has subtle soft moments without being boring, definitely impressive."

"For me, it's the vocals that really top everything off. I love that they are, heavy, melodic, soft, and gritty all in the same line. Lead singer Greg can really pull off perfectly seamless transitions with his voice and has proven to me that he has mastered his ability."

"Overall, this is a really great band that isn't afraid to go the distance and put some real creativity into their music. I'd say definitely check them out, and I'll be looking out for their next live show." (Alicia J - A Fan's Perspective) - A Fan's Perspective


"Fraction of Success (Exerpts)"

"This isn’t a band that shrinks into the background. Uncompromisingly serious, deeply-felt lyrics, Rudder and Miller’s challenging, complicated beats, Sanft’s savagely powerful guitar riffs and hooks, Williams’ sometimes screaming but never less than musical vocals combine into a raw-edged multi-layered and emotional whole."

"...put them on stage – as in their upcoming CD release performance at Vancouver’s media club – and they’ll win new converts with their sheer impassioned intensity alone." - Alex Browne - The Peace Arch News


Discography

2007's CD 'The Falls of Autumn'
2008's EP 'Straight out the Sandbox'
2010's CD ' Walks Like A Ghost'

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Quartered is a Canadian progressive metal band that made its beginnings in Vancouver, BC. The groups sound is a mix of heavy, melodic, and experimental riffs with a noticeably moody edge. Using odd-time signatures, hook laden bridges, and solid in-your-face hardcore riffs, the bands sound is gutsy and genre defying. Whether in your stereo or on the stage the group is sure to impress.

Quartered has toured extensively during their decade long year career. In Canada, hundreds of local Vancouver shows, dozens of West Coast tours, and two cross-country tours during 2010 and 2012 gained the band fans and respect on a national level. On an international level, two Philippines tours saw the group team up with successful metal outfit, Slapshock, where they were able to play shows in Manila and the surrounding area, network with several Asian media outlets including MYX TV and Pulp magazine, and play to crowds upwards of 4,000 people. During 2010, Quartered capitalized on the opportunity to play alongside two of Metals most legendary bands, Lamb of God and Testament, at the annual Pulp Summer Slam festival that drew a crowd of over 30,000 spectators. During their time touring, Quartered was able to garner the attention of a considerable fan-base that has saw their online exposure grow to over 24,000+ fans on Facebook.

To date, an EP and two full length records, The Falls of Autumn and Walks Like A Ghost, have been written and recorded by the band. The latest record Walks Like A Ghost (released through a collaboration between Thorny Bleeder Records and Universal Music Canada) was produced by Ben Kaplan, a recording industry veteran who worked on several projects including Mudvayne, Chevelle, Alexisonfire, and Rise Against.

With their new manager, Evan Nixon (currently on All Stars tour with Capture the Crown, Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin and others) on-board for the future, a new record is in the works for release in early 2014 as well as touring again at a national and international level.

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