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Tera Melos

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A sonic (and literal) kick to the head, Sacramento's instrumental four-piece TERA MELOS fuses elements of jazz and hardcore punk, creating a unique sound that has been described as a head on collision with the melody of Cap'n Jazz and the aggressiveness of Black Flag.

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TERA MELOS leaves stunned fans wondering how they are able to play such complex melodies while hanging from the ceiling or cart-wheeling into the unsuspecting front row. Sacramento's instrumental four-piece fuses elements of jazz and ambient techno with hardcore punk, creating a unique sound that has been described as a head on collision of the melody of Cap’n Jazz with the aggressiveness of Black Flag, combined with an extremely energetic and, often times, borderline dangerous live-show. Case in point, the band was just voted "Best Stage Presence" by Sacramento's Alive And Kicking (1/2005), which heaped on extra phrase saying "By far, this is fucking the most insane band I have seen since The Yah Mohs at The Hindenburg. You have to stand back or you will get hurt." While Tera Melos calls Sacramento home, the young band has already run one van into the ground while playing 95% of their 100+ shows on the road. Constantly on tour, and into their 2nd van, the band truly feels at home on the road playing for fans. The band came together after friends Nick Reinhart (Guitar), Nate Latona (Bass), and Jeff Worms (Guitar) found themselves getting bored with the hardcore punk they had been playing for most of their lives. Nate and Nick were veterans of Sacramento's legendary NO REGARD (and Nick had filled in for THE HOODS on bass for multiple tours), while Jeff played in the short-lived but highly successful STABBED IN THE THROAT. Jeff then met Vince Rogers (Drums) at an improvisational jazz class and asked him to sit in on a session or two. Vince was initially reluctant to join because he "wasn't into playing punk," but a few practices later it was clear that Tera Melos "wasn’t really playing punk." The four found a chemistry which they continue to develop with each performance. The band spent some time trying out vocalists, but upon failing to find one with the right chemistry, opted to go on without one, making the voice of the band a purely instrumental one. (This was probably a good idea, as a vocalist would be likely to lose their teeth at the receiving end of a cartwheel to the face.) Know for their on-stage energy, TERA MELOS violently thrashes around like a finely tuned Swiss watch barely avoiding dangerous collisions. The passion for their music is most important, and sometimes in that fury, things get broken and people get…involved. Hundreds of dollars have been spent repairing broken equipment, and guitar-repair has recently been added to the band’s list of skills. Audience members are generally safe, though Nick's guitar has cut open people's faces on two separate occasions -- with both victims returning to the shows, smiling from ear to ear, so that they could purchase CDs and T-shirts and pose for pictures showing off their fresh stitches. TERA MELOS takes great pride in taking care of their fans, they play lots of fun free shows and sell recycled thrift-store shirts with their logo’s hand-screened for under six dollars; anything to connect with the people who take their time to be a part of the experience. This has cultivated a growing rabid fan-base in towns around the country, this mutual support and appreciation make the economics work and the band can continue doing what they love.
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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Springman
  • ASIN: B000B5XZZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Ryan B. Stanley on April 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
With so many incredible artists already playing this kind of style, it can be hard to create a sound that stands out and grabs your attention. Well, it is an understatement to say that these guys have, by far, accomplished that. This self-titled release is filled to the brim with intertwining guitar work, killer jazz chops, intricate yet flowing drum playing, and the undeniable ability to rock out like nothing you've ever heard. You'd never expect that such epic prog-rockers would have started their musical carreers playing in successful hardcore punk bands. With an incredible, in-your-face first release and an and always talked about live show, Tera Melos is sure to make an impression on the Jazz/prog/punk scene very quickly.
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I bought this cd based on liking one of the tracks on their Myspace. To be honest this is an awesome cd but it won't be to everyone's tastes. If you like complicated (but not too complicated) music with hooks here and there, and jazz and perhaps a little bit of heavy music then you will like it. It's not jazz in the sense of Miles Davis or whatever but more in the rhythms and the way that there is much syncopation leaving you guessing whether they can bring it all back in together. Some of the melodies are fantastic and the drumming equally so. Melodys 4, 6 and 7 are my favourite. The band reminds me somewhat of the now split up UK band called "The Jesus Years" so if you like Tera Melos check them out too. Only bad point: the last track, it's a bit of a waste really, just some free jazz noise.
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these guys are f****** insane. i love it. you will too. get it. i dont know why you wouldnt if your viewing this page... see them live...pure fkn insanity it reminds me of faraquet and fall of troy mixed, minus the vocals. i hate comparing bands but im pretty close on this one. also nick is a cool dude.
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