Melbourne progressive metal ensemble, Teramaze have just released their impressive new album ‘Her Halo‘ on Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group.
You can pick up a copy on on CD & Vinyl [Here] or digitally from all the usual outlets.
Give the album a listen below.
Featuring uniquely skilled guitarist Dean Wells, Teramaze blend amazingly tight and speedy syncopated guitar/drum riffs and rhythms, with melodic hard vocals, for a very unique brand of metal. This, album number 5 for the band was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Primal Fear, Evergrey).
To find out more about the band, bass player Luis took the time to answer our Hotseat questions this week, check out his answers below.
Band : Teramaze
Job In Band : Bassist
Website Address : www.teramaze.com.au
Hometown is best known for : Airbourne (in the Metal/Rock media)
Best venue in your hometown : The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda (personally my favourite due to its location and style)
Favourite show you’ve seen in your hometown : Hard to pick just one. Megadeth at the No Sleep ‘Till Melbourne Festival 2010, Metallica at Rod Laver Arena 2010 (first show of the tour) and Suicidal Tendencies in May 2011.
Favourite show you’ve played in your hometown : As I have not played with Teramaze in Melbourne yet, I would probably need to omit this question as I have played different shows with different bands that play different styles of music. Some of the shows with these bands were really good and some others not so much.
How long has the band been going? well this form of Teramaze i would say since 2012.
Is there an interesting story behind the name? the band started of as terror maze and Dean felt the name needed a make over and changed it to Teramaze, tera meaning: a zillion paths in Latin and Maze: a Labyrinth kinda symbolic of life really.
What’s your most recent release? Tell us a little about it… Her halo is set to be released on Oct 30th its a concept album about a performance trapeze artist girl and all the ups and down of that life style, she also finds her self in a weird love triangle between a local clown and ringmaster.
Got a personal stand out achievement of your band to date? I would say that I am really happy with the way my bass sounds on the album and how the bass lines fit in the music smoothly.
Any band, album, or song that you personally credit as a major influence? Although I have got a wide taste in music nowadays, I would definitely pick Master Of Puppets by Metallica and Rust In Peace by Megadeth as my major influences to start playing music. Then, as I started listening to more music and becoming a musician I had a lot of other influences among Metal, Rock, Funk, Jazz, etc. However, when it comes to Metal and the start of my music career, I would definitely refer back to those 2 landmark albums.
Your first band name, and what style did you play? It was my high school band, which we named “Arcadion” after a character from a video game and we used to mainly play Metallica covers.
Most prized music related item you own? I would say my 2 Sadowsky Basses. I love both of them and both have got different types of sound which are useful for different types of music. Best basses I have ever played so far.
When you’re not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing? I have got different occupations and hobbies. Apart from my day job which is not in music (at least not at the moment), I practice Tae Kwon Do, play video games and like to read a lot about ancient history, science and also listen to music. I would definitely say that I am addicted to listening to music. Cannot go one day without listening to it.
The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is… Personally, I have not done a extensive tour yet but I would say that I would look forward to get everything organized so the tour can proceed smoothly and do not have unpleasant surprises in the course of it.
The thing you least look forward to before a tour is… Most likely the long flights as we live in Australia and are far away from everything.
Any item you seem to always forget to take on tour? Since I have not done any long tours I do not think I would be able to answer this question yet. I would, however, try to keep a check list of everything I need and double check it before the tour starts.
Got a favourite place you’ve toured… and why? If we are talking about Australia I would definitely mention the small towns. People do not normally get many gigs there which make them go insane when a band plays there. I cannot talk much about the rest of the world at the moment, but as I am originally from Peru, South America I can definitely say that playing Metal there is great. People in South American countries are extremely passionate about this type of music and go insane at gigs.
Got a favourite venue you’ve played… and why? In Australia I would definitely say the Espy and the Prague (RIP) when it was open. I think it was a great venue for Metal and Rock.
Any embarrassing on stage moments come to mind? Not really except from the first time I ever got up with a band on stage. It was at high school when I was 14. We were supposed to play Trust by Megadeth, and all of us were extremely amateur. I had not even rehearsed with that band at that point and the sound was so bad that we could not even hear each other property hence we had to stop the song in the middle and walk away. I was so embarrassed that I just wanted to hide in a hole but, hey, you have to start somewhere, right? Haha.
Any pre-show rituals? Nothing really special apart from some warm up exercises to make sure my hands are in good condition to play bass as required.
Last album you picked up? The Winey Dogs – Hot Streak
Which band or album is currently on high rotation? Bullet For My Valentine – Venom
Tell us an up and coming band or artist you think we should go and listen to right now? Most of the artists I have been listening to have been going on for a while but I think that some bands such as Lamb Of God, Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine are expanding their audiences and consolidating themselves as the next ones to carry on the Metal Flag. I know that some metalheads would disagree and do not consider those bands exactly Metal but times change and it is good to have the Metal sound refreshed as long as the essence is not lost and the quality is kept.
What’s on the cards for the next few months for the band? Doing some live shows, playing overseas and get as much exposure as we can.
You can pick any one band / artist to cover one of your albums in full, what would it be, and why? Hard question. It would probably need to be a Progressive Metal band due to the complexity of the music. Bands like Symphony X and Pagan’s Mind could probably do a good version of one of our albums and also add their own flavor.
One band you wish you were able to see live but never had the chance? Definitely Pantera. I never had the chance to see them live and they have always been one of my favourite Metal bands. So sad that Dimebag Darrell passed away in such unfortunate circumstances.
One venue you have yet to play that you would love to? Budokan in Japan. I would love to go there on tour and play that venue. It is legendary and where many of my favourite bands have played.
The chance comes up to fill in for a member of a band for one tour, which band would it be, and why? Definitely Metallica. They have been one of my favourite bands since my early teens and playing a show at such a a massive scale like they do would be an amazing experience. I know it is very ambitious but dreaming is free. Haha.
A headline tour overseas comes up, tell us two bands you’d take along to support your band. This question is interesting as we are not big enough yet to go on a headline tour yet but if the chance came I would definitely love to tour with Pagan’s Mind and Circus Maximus. They are both great bands in the progressive metal realm. They are not that big and do not tour too often but they deserve a lot of success.
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