Teramaze- Her Halo (Mascot Records)

Great Song writing, Great vocals, Great Album.
Release Date: 
30 Oct 2015 (All day)

Returning for the 5th album of what is their progressive, syncopated and melodic showcase of heavy music, Teramaze show listeners why they’ve managed to forge such a long career, whilst still creating vibrant and interesting music. Her Halo is among the most professional display of unique song writing, passionate performance and overall sound blending than you are likely to hear on Australian soil or worldwide.

It’s clear right from the top of An Ordinary Dream (Enla Momemto) that Teramaze have developed their own sound, and they are rock solid in delivering it. They morph many strong, bold musical ideas into one another without forcing them to tread on each other’s feet or overpower themselves. I particularly enjoyed the presence of the piano whenever it came around. Nathan Peachey has such a vibrant, versatile voice that he was just as, if not more at home singing over a single piano track than an onslaught of syncopated, warped band sounds. A tremendous aspect of the bands song writing capabilities is their ability to flow between sections like it’s nothing. This is strongly evident in An Ordinary Dream (Enla Momento) which rises and falls about 15 times throughout its twelve and a half minute length, yet at no stage feels uncomfortable or forced. Dean Wells puts on a clinic at multiple stages throughout Her Halo, both through his lead work, but also through his riffing and general background guitar work. The whole album sits on a bed of well-constructed; and at times unconventional layer of rhythm, reinforced by Dean Kennedy on the drums and Luid Eguren on the bass, the latter of whom pops up several times on the album with exposed bass parts then enrich the already full texture of the band.

Her Halo is a concept album, telling a story of Love, Loss, Madness and Rage within a setting of a rundown travelling show. There are moments of brilliance throughout the story, most notably the single released from the album Out of the Subconscious. This song features some of the most well-constructed vocal lines from Nathan Peachey, and a chorus which would get any crowd singing along. Trapeze, an instrumental track situated in the second half of the album is quite simply breathtaking, with the most enjoyable guitar work, other than the guitar solo on the title track Her Halo, which by a long way was the most enjoyable. Broken, the albums second last track, is a step back and offers a plethora of transient vocal lines which offer a great sense of relation to the theme off loss throughout the album. There is a small undertone of repetitiveness that creeps in during the second half of the album, which I think is partly due to the albums length. With an average song length at close to 7 minutes, coupled with such a great amount of detail in parts, it’s a lot to take in at times for listeners.

All weighed up though Her Halo is a vastly enjoyable album. The guitar work stays in your head well after you listen to it, and who can’t enjoy such a supreme display of vocals. Teramaze have made this album their own, and should be highly commended.