Released by: Music Theories Records / Mascot Label Group
Release Date: October 30th, 2015
Genre: Progressive Metal
Dean Wells-Lead/Rhythm Guitars /Backing vocals
Nathan Peachey- Vocals
Dean Kennedy- Drums
Luis Eguren-Bass Guitar
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
On their fifth album, and their first with new vocalist Nathan Peachey and new label Mascot Label Group, Teramaze use Her Halo as a new start. Described as a concept album with a loose narrative wrapped around the subject matter of the ups and downs of dealing with fame, being persona non grata, love triangles, and the thin line between passion and friendship,” the group shoots for a cinematic scope but to me kind of overshoots into overdone.
This was proved to me right out of the gate with “An Ordinary Dream (Enia Momento)” the 12-plus minute opener. It just doesn’t work as to start this, and I cant wrap my head around it. Don’t get me wrong, I like a epic-length tune as much as the next guy–ok, maybe a little more–but this comes across to me as disjointed, even after multiple listens. Great opening build but then it starts changing gears every few minutes then coming to a complete halt a couple of times for piano/guitar interludes. An album opener needs to grab your attention and et the table for whats to come–this one was almost enough to make one lose interest.
But I persevere and I’m glad I did. “To love a Tyrant” Should have opened the album–a full out rocker that shows off their new singer and just enough proggy elements to keep your attention. The title track is a power ballad with a huge hooky chorus. “Out of Subconscious,” the first single, gives you the epic metal feel without overdoing it, and the vibe stays strong over the next few cuts, especially the instrumental “Trapeze.” Great interplay between the players, nice tempo changes. Not a huge fan of “Broken,” a ballad that that starts minimal, and never gets going to my satisfaction. “Delusions of Grandeur” is a strong close, with hints of Dream Theater -esque keyboards and time changes.
I’ll admit it–this one took a few listens to wrap my head around and some may find it more than a bit pretentious at points. But ride with it! Concept or no, there’s some great stuff here for prog/power fans.
Ratings by Anton