Melbourne’s climate is mild, but the city is renowned for changing weather, and it is said that Melbourne has four seasons in one day. The band Teramaze play not mild music as they prefer prog metal, but they add some surprising elements. Classic melodic prog-metal with elements of thrash and other genres and may bring to mind bands such as Tool and Dream Theater. They are also heavily influenced by Circus Maximus.
Hard work often pays off in the world of music, band after band trying to plant their own flag in whatever scene pertains to their music. Sometimes it takes one album, sometimes it takes more. Persistence pays off, and Teramaze know a thing or two about keeping their heads up! Their sixth album Are We Soldiers are to be released in June. The track Weight Of Humanity,
Teramaze was formed under the name Terrormaze twenty six years ago. The name change was caused by the members` discovery of Christianity, which changed the band’s lyrical focus and mission from that of their earlier demo. The founder was guitarist and producer Dean Well, and he was only a teenager at that time. The band put out a couple albums in the early years, but it wasn’t until the release of Anhedonia in 2012 that Wells felt the modern version of Teramaze actually began. That third album was met with critical acclaim, as was the follow up of 2014’s Esoteric Symbolism, which saw the quartet making a bolder statement and taking no prisoners to flex their musical muscle even further.
Dean Wells says about Are We Soldiers, «Australian prog metal has been around for a while. It was kick started with bands like Cog, Karnivool, and now there’s stuff like Voyager and Caligula’s Horse and Plini and things like that. Funnily enough I don’t really feel that we’re really a part of that, he continues. The thing with Teramaze is we’re a progressive band but we’re closer to progressive metal and not so close to progressive rock!»
«But sometimes it’s not progressive rock at all, it’s more like metal with big pop choruses. I mean I like progressive metal because it gives me the chance to write anything under the banner of Teramaze. But sometimes I like writing pop songs. And it does leak into Teramaze, it always has. A song like Her Halo itself for example from our last album».
Teramaze has a melodic sensibility in tow, they don’t limit themselves to the confines of what often stereotypical prog-metal is. Their catchy sonatas emphasize both the precision minded musicianship and melodies with nice harmonious vigor.