Displays a rather dark and melancholic attitude

Since reactivating several years ago, Melbourne’s Teramaze has established a reputation for excellence in the realm of melodic progressive metal.

That reputation won’t be tarnished by the release of Her Halo. As with previous releases, Teramaze displays a rather dark and melancholic attitude, an appropriate tone to take on this album’s exploration of love and loss. It opens with the expansive ‘An Ordinary Dream (Enla Momento)’ that with ‘Delusions of Grandeur’ both bookend and encapsulate Her Halo brilliantly: shimmering vocal melodies and breathtaking displays of technical lead guitar playing within tightly-played, excellent songs. Teramaze has an enviable talent for melody, a knack that is on full display across the album and one that is further enhanced by an ability to blend them with effective, crunching riffs that are close to thrash most of the time.

The major highlights of this release, however, are Nathan Peachey’s soaring vocals and the extraordinary neo-classically inspired guitar work; while some of the songs seem rather structurally limited, even similar, for nominally progressive metal, the combination of Peachey’s amazing clean singing style and the stellar soloing more than makes up for any criticism in that department, and it’s hard to complain about an album that sounds as glorious as Her Halo. Crisp and polished production lets everything breathe but takes nothing away from the power of the riffs or the thundering drums behind them. Another strong release that upholds Teramaze’s consistent respectability for excellence.

1. An Ordinary Dream (Enla Momento)
2. To Love, a Tyrant
3. Her Halo
4. Out of Subconscious
5. For the Innocent
6. Trapeze
7. Broken
8. Delusions of Grandeur