- Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Candlelight
- ASIN: B000HCPSY4
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Most female-fronted metal bands write material that undeniable gives off a gothic air, relying heavily on orchestrated keyboard parts with the occasional crunch-filled guitar work. Some listeners will be quick to compare To-Mera with the likes of Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation, and perhaps even Nightwish and The Gathering. Not that anything is wrong with these bands, but To-Mera is a completely different beast musically. For starters, they are crushingly heavy progressive metal, serving all aspects of this much stagnated genre, but they do inject calmer acoustic passages along with jazzy interludes into their craft as well. Vocalist Julie Kiss whose Eastern European accent lends her already dark voice an extra layer of depth and character is a great fit for the band. Her soft, fragile soprano-like vocals in the intro "Traces" turn into expressive and melodic singing on the haunting "Blood", putting her semi-operatic delivery on display.Read more ›
Starting off suitably dank and proggy the album opener is an instrumental unless you count the chanting. And it somewhat sets the scene for what is to follow. Which is music that is guitar driven and has all sorts of stop/starts wrapped around/led by the aforementioned guitars. The band isn’t afraid to throw various tinkling curve-balls at the listener – oft times courtesy of the keyboards which are used to throw in whimsical moments in various tracks. Probably the best track to sample or chase up online would be Blood which was also a single/video and it encapsulates the stop/starts, the keyboard fills and the albums drum sound.
It is the latter which I didn’t notice at first but it sounds a little high to me. Probably a good album for drummers to listen to in order to make up their own mind because Akos certainly seems adept at swapping between drum fills, doing the whole time change thing and also ‘playing it straight’. At the end of the day the drum sound could have been a conscious choice or the result of production decisions by Brett Caldas-lima (ie, the producer).
The album has mellower songs and many of the songs have mild mannered sections though then burst into sturdy riffing phases. Hey… it’s a prog thing, why write a good linear song when you can annoy the listener by refusing to settle into a groove and thereby consign yourself to a small consumer market? A good example of this to sample would be the fifth track – Born of Ashes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not what I expected from previous reviews I had read. This band demonstrates great technical prowess and musical expertise, but like most current progressive music lacks... Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by T. Kelly
I was skeptical for a while on buying this album, but I heard good things so I decided to give them a try and it was worth it!
This album does have to grow on you. Read more