It seems like being labeled “progressive metal” nowadays can basically mean just about anything. I do enjoy all of the offshoots of prog metal but sometimes it’s nice to listen to a band that is just good ol’ prog metal and nothing else. Teramaze is just that.
Teramaze’s new album “Her Halo” has all of the things that I have grown to love about prog metal over the years. Complex riffs, strong melodies, soaring vocals and great songs. There are prog bands that often put the playing ahead of the songs but Teramaze are not one of them. “Her Halo” is all about great songs from start to finish.
The album opens with an epic which shows that the band is bold and I like that as well. “An Ordinary Dream” is an accurate example of the album as a whole. It has ALL of the aforementioned elements. Dean Wells is a super talented guitarist and like all the songs, his riffs are hook laden and his solos ALWAYS serve the song regardless of the length. Adding to the poignancy of this track are the samples which just tug at the heartstrings.
It’s important to mention the performance of vocalist Nathan Peachey who has an unbelievable voice. His range, tone and delivery are quite honestly amazing. He has one of the best voices that I have heard, period. Check out the title track for a prime example of everything he can do.
It’s also great that the band can let Peachey sit a song out and deliver a killer instrumental with the track “Trapeze.” The song “Broken” could be one of the best songs of 2015. It is a perfectly written song. It has a dramatic build, a great chorus and a guitar solo that puts the whole thing over the top.
With “Her Halo,” Teramaze join the ranks of all the great Australian prog bands that seem to be taking over lately! Whatever is going on Down Under, I hope it continues! If you love prog metal with great vocals, tight arrangements and incredible songs, then you need to check out “Her Halo” by Teramaze. This is an essential album.
1. An Ordinary Dream (Enla Momento)
2. To Love, a Tyrant
3. Her Halo
4. Out of Subconscious
5. For the Innocent
8. Delusions of Grandeur