(8/10) The foundation of Teramaze was laid in 1993 when guitarist Dean Wells kicked-off this Progressive Metal outfit. The band’s hailing from Melbourne., Australia and the guys faced some ups and downs over the last years. Even a split-up in 2002 is a part of Teramze history and it was the band leader himself that revitalized Teramaze again in 2006.
Also some line-up changes during all these years didn’y contribute to consistence. It’s a surprise that under all these circumstances it’s a surprise the Peramzae managed to release four full-length records with ‘Are We Soldiers’ being the fifth ‘element’ from Down Under.
The new longplayer, the first one for Mascot Label Group, consists of well-executed Progressive Metal spread out over 70 minutes. With songs like ‘Control Conquer Collide’ the band shows some parallels with legendary Dream Theater without being a copycat. The Prog kings from NYC are more of an inspiration for Teramaze. Multi-layered songs, being complex and equipped with good melodies are a treat for everyone’s ears.
Teramaze always adds a good groove the their songs, tunes like ‘Orwellian Times’. With ‘Depopulate’ the album also includes an 11 minutes epos at the end as a Grande Finale if you will. The song shows the entire potential of Teramze, combining massive sections, blistering riffs and soulful moments in the middle section.
‘Are We Soldiers’ is a great proof of work. The Australian sextet recorded an album that might not be ahead of the game but doesn’t need to be afraid of competition either.
- Fight or Flight
- Are We Soldiers
- Control Conquer Collide
- From Saviour to Assassin
- Orwellian Times
- Weight of Humanity
- Fact Resistant Human
- The One Percent Disarm
Label: Mascot Label Group
Genre: Prog Metal
Release Date EU: June 21st, 2019