The Aussie proggers Teramaze have signed a new label contract and present their first video from the upcoming album .. check it out
In early 2011 TABERAH were hand picked by Lemmy Kilmister himself to open for Motorhead on the Sydney leg of their 2011 Australian tour. Other milestones include sharing the stage all around Australia with high profile international and national acts such as: Paul Di’anno – (ex Iron Maiden) and Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, LORD, Psycroptic, Black Majesty and more Australian acts.2011 saw the band record & release their debut album “The Light Of Which I Dream”. The album earned TABERAH some attention, they stat worldwide, but I’d say locally. 2012 saw them recording the follow up entitled “Necromancer” set for an August 2013 release.
Through one of their gigs Taberah came to the attention of Australian metal icon Stu Marshall (ex Dungeon, Death Dealer, Empires of Eden) and he was keen to help with the album and the band in general. This lead to Stu mastering “Necromancer” and helping the band ink a deal with German promotion titan Rock N Growl. Stu is said to have stated that ‘Necromancer is one of the best Australian metal releases in the last 10 years’. Let’s see, until we can listen, here’s the debut
The Light Of Which I Dream 2011
1. The Descent
2. Brothers of the Fire
3. The Call of Evil
6. The Ballad of Ruby Joy
7. The Light of Which I Dream
8. Freedom or Death
9. Requiem of the Damned
10. The Reaper
Jonathon Barwick = Guitar + Vocals
Myles ‘Flash’ Flood = Guitar
Tom “Bam Bam” Brockman = Drums
Dave ‘The Doctor’ Walsh = Bass
Illuuminus is a progressive heavy metal band from Warrnambool, Australia, brainchild of the guitarist and songwriter Mark Halliwell.
This review has taken me really long to write. It was back in November when the CD arrived and I listened through for the first time. I’ll tell you why later on.
This is heavy metal in the classic style. The band quote Black Sabbath, Dio and Iron Maiden as their influences and they are near in sound, as near as you can get still staying modern enough for today’s ears. For sure this is no power metal, nothing epic or symphonic about it. Clean, somewhat melodic vocals, synths, heavy riffing, yes. And a concept that goes beyond music, yes maybe.
To call this an EP is vast understatement. Although there are only five tracks none of them is less than 13 minutes in length. Quite the approved progressive fashion. Every single song is packed with musical ideas and changes mood, tempo and rhythm ever so often.
Although there is nothing in common superficially I was instantly reminded of old Genesis and Jethro Tull. Here there is the same diversity, a musical storytelling progressing from theme to theme.
And that’s what makes this album extremely interesting, but that’s also what made it so very hard for me to review. There’s almost too much in it, too many parts, no song structures, no hooks, no choruses, no repetitions. The songs tend to melt into one long flood of music, in itself impressing but leaving only slight impressions after you have finished listening. The vocal melodies are lacking originality and inspiration, and the moments that shine most are small guitar solo parts that emerge from time to time but get almost drowned in the flood. In the end the composition stays somewhat shallow, it doesn’t touch me.
Well that is my opinion anyway. For sure, you won’t get bored listening to this over again. Only I didn’t really feel strong urges to go on repeat.
I was also interested what the songs were all about and perused the lyrics. Here we find a mash up of different religious, philosophical and esoteric concepts. Isis and a Pharaoh of old meet the Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Nefilim land their saucers and ring in the Age Of Aquarius; Ozymandias, Kundalini, Pure Christ Dimension, The Lord and Mother Godess, the collective psyche, the Luciferian Experiment … and maybe some more I missed all crowd the lyrics. (Frankly I can’t make head nor tales what the point really is).
Though I am not sure I use the terminology correctly this is New Age to me, and in that fits well with both the band and album names. And this also explains the music on the album a bit better to me. Just like the New Age variety of esoterics that mix up all kinds of different beliefs and myths in a rather half baked way here the music is a garbled mix of a lot of different ideas and themes that are not really taken to any depth.
The quote from the liner note — ‘If you are searching for a new Holy Heavy Metal Grail, then look no further’ — must be interpreted in that vein surely, or else seems a bit over optimistic to me. It’s a good album, well written, well played and well produced. For die hard proggers this may be an illumination. For heavy metal fans with leanings to a classic style this will be a nice piece in their collection. For me, I cannot find that last spark to make it stand out.
In my opinion it would have done the album a lot of good if some of the themes and riffs had been worked on and developed more; and some of the ‘fill in’ stuff left out. Maybe I’m wrong but I feel that even progressive music can be catchy and memorable.
Anyway, lots of thanks to the band for letting me review this and I fully appreciate the work that has lovingly gone into making it and the musical potential shown.
1. Illuuminus (a New Realm)
2. Dark Night of the Soul
3. The Great Cycle
4. Pure Christ Dimension
5. Wheels of Resurrection
Steven Garner – Lead Vocals
Mark Halliwell – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Darren Ely – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Heidi Gass – Electric Piano/Synth and Vocals
Daniel Luttick – Drums and Percussion
Guest post by Heidi Bobal / Austria
Vanishing Point is an Australian band formed in the early 1990 ies
They released four albums, the last one in 2007. They put out some really nice power metal tunes, others I’d label as rock pure and simple.
Vanishing Point were the first unsigned band ever to play the prestigious Wacken Open Air and shared the stage with a who’s who of the hard rock and metal world, including Iron Maiden, Nightwish, DragonForce, Helloweeen, and Joe Satriani, to name just a few
They are giving away a lot of their songs for free here: http://vanishing-point.com.au/vp/downloads/
According to their home page they have just found a new guitar player and are recording their next album – if, as they say it is going to be harder and with a tinge more prog to it – it is indeed something I look forward to
On the whole a band well worth checking out