We have much news to bear. As is often the case with 'news', some of it is good, and some of it less good. The less good news, as some of you may have gathered, is that we have put To-Mera on ice for the time being. Essentially, now is the time for each of us to focus on various other things in our lives, be they other bands and projects or just life in general, and as anyone who is or has been in a band will know, things only work properly when everyone is on the same page. Until that day...
Upon the release of their new concept album Exile, the female-fronted and jazz-influenced progressive metallers To-Mera have made it available for stream in full on their Bandcamp page. It is also available for digital download on the same location. Exile has been officially released today.
A teaser featuring several excerpts from the symphonic progressive metal act To-Mera's upcoming concept album Exile, was uploaded by band to Youtube and can now be viewed below. Exile will be released by Illusionary Records on September 24th; their first output since 2009's EP Earthbound. The album can be pre-ordered from the band's official website.
The new To-Mera album is upon us. The UK symphonic progressive metal band has been working on their new and third installment, which will be simply called Exile. A release date is yet to be set but in the meantime you can feast your eyes on the new album cover art below. More information to follow soon.
UK symphonic progressive outfit To-Mera will enter their new studio (based in Tom McLean's home) on January 21st to begin recording their third album. The band comments: "It's been a long, occasionally painful and definitely emotional, road to reach this point, but we can assure you that this album is going to be 'The One' you've been waiting for."
The band is also promising to upload video updates of the recording process at their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ToMera2008.
UK metallers To-Mera have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"This week we shall begin work on recording our brand spanking new EP. We shall be laying down 4 new songs; that's around 30 minutes of state-of-the-art progressive metal for your aural delectation. As usual, expect something a little different. We aim to have it mixed and mastered by the end of September. Stay tuned for studio updates."
The British metal band To-Mera has posted the following statement about splitting from Candlelight Records:
''After releasing two albums on Candlelight Records, we have reached a mutual decision that it is time for this band to move on to pastures new in order to progress. We would like to thank all the staff at Candlelight for all their help during our 4 year relationship.''
''Our current focus will now be on recording a demo of some of the new material to showcase the musical evolution of this band since the release of Delusions. Tracking should begin sometime in July.''
Lee Barrett has stepped down as bass player for To-Mera. It was a decision made at the beginning of the year and a replacement is already in place.
Mark Harrington, also in Demagogue MySpace], is now the new bass player, so please wish him a warm welcome into the fold!
"I've had a great time playing with the band, but unfortunately my "real life" work dictated that I was unable to fulfil any possible future touring or musical commitments. It was only fair to the rest of the band that I left now rather than encounter any potential scheduling conflicts at a later date. I shall hopefully still be involved behind the scenes and taking care of the band's day-to-day business as I have been before, so I'll still be sticking around. Cheers for everyone's support over the last couple of years!" said Lee upon leaving the band.
An e-card for To-Mera's forthcoming album, entitled "Delusions", can be accessed at this location.
"Delusions" will be out on February 18 via Candlelight Records. The cover artwork of the album was done by Eliran Kantor.
Regarding the new CD's musical direction, Candlelight Records adds:
"Now with their second album "Delusions", To-Mera have once again pushed their musical ideas forward to ever greater heights. All the elements present on the last album have been greatly expanded upon. The music displays a much broader range of moods, tempos and dynamics, ranging from fragile subtlety to epic bombast via everything in between. The result is a more sophisticated, melodic and coherent album, teeming with massively heavy riffing, challenging rhythms and jaw-dropping technicality. The vocals of front woman Julie Kiss have become substantially more versatile and powerful, taking on a jazzier tone that befits the more adventurous musical output. To-Mera have succeeded in creating a daring and forward-thinking metal album, defined by a belief that the term "progressive" is not simply a genre tag."
Dark progressive metal band To-Mera has posted another new track, entitled 'Inside The Hourglass' on their MySpace page at this location.
'Inside The Hourglass' comes off the new To-Mera's album, entitled "Delusions", due on February 18, 2008 via Candlelight Records (February 26, 2008 in North America).
More details of "Delusions" were already reported earlier at this location.
Candlelight Records have issued the following press release:
"In the 18 months since the release of their debut album "Transcendental", To-Mera have already forged forward to sit amongst the cream of the progressive metal crop. Prestigious support slots with the likes of Dream Theater and Emperor, plus numerous high profile European festival performances have proved that there was a great deal of substance to the band's initial hype.
Now with their second album "Delusions", To-Mera have once again pushed their musical ideas forward to ever greater heights. All the elements present on the last album have been greatly expanded upon. The music displays a much broader range of moods, tempos and dynamics, ranging from fragile subtlety to epic bombast via everything in between. The result is a more sophisticated, melodic and coherent album, teeming with massively heavy riffing, challenging rhythms and jaw-dropping technicality. The vocals of front woman Julie Kiss have become substantially more versatile and powerful, taking on a jazzier tone that befits the more adventurous musical output. To-Mera have succeeded in creating a daring and forward-thinking metal album, defined by a belief that the term "progressive" is not simply a genre tag.
We decided to let you into a sneak preview of the new album "Delusions" that's coming out early next year. There's three brand new samples up on our page for you to check out. A full song will be uploaded in a couple of weeks, so hopefully this will keep you going until then
We've gone for a far more progressive approach musically this time around, and Julie's voice has emcompassed a jazzy style that befits the nature of a lot of the material. These samples don't even come close to portraying the overall variation of styles and moods, but will hopefully give you a rough idea.
Hi, just a note to let you know that To-Mera will be main support to the legendary Fates Warning for their London show. It's at The Underworld, Camden on the 21st November. Tickets are available at the usual online outlets like www.seetickets.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.com. It's only a 500 capacity venue so be quick!
We have also finished recording the follow up to "Transcendental" and it's presently being mixed. It's as yet untitled, but the release date is scheduled for the 18th February 2008. We are again working with Brett Caldas-Lima from Tower Studios. The process of recording, including photos and video clips, was captured in this Blog: http://tomeraband.wordpress.com