To-Mera Post First Album Track Online
TO-MERA, the new U.K.-based dark progressive metal band formed by former WITHOUT FACE vocalist Julie Kiss (photo) and bassist Lee Barrett (ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR, DISGUST, MUSSOLINI HEADKICK), have posted a new song, entitled "Blood", on their MySpace page. The track comes off the group's debut album, "Transcendental", due in Europe on September 11 via Candlelight Records. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced. Check out the album cover artwork at this location.
As previously reported, TO-MERA have been confirmed as the headliners of the second stage at this year's Bloodstock Festival on Friday, September 29 at the Darwin Room in Derby, U.K.
TO-MERA was formed by Kiss and Barrett following Julie's acrimonious departure from the Hungarian progressive metal band WITHOUT FACE. Kiss reportedly felt that she still had a lot more to offer musically and set about finding like-minded musicians in order to persue that goal. Fellow Hungarian Akos Pirisi, a huge fan of MESHUGGAH and a master of polyrhythmics, was brought in on drums. Later Tom MacLean was found after he — a big WITHOUT FACE fan — recognized Julie and introduced himself at a THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN concert. Tom graduated from the Trinity College of Music in London, where he studied jazz guitar. Although a huge metalhead, his broad musical tastes are evident in his playing, and he constantly pushes himself to attain new levels of skill.
When all was finally in place, the band recorded their debut demo in July 2005 at The Peel rehearsal rooms (Kingston-Upon-Thames) on a laptop, and it was mixed in France by up-and-coming producer Brett Caldas-Lima (KALISIA, MALMONDE, FAIRLIGHT).
After the demo was recorded, the band finally found a full-time keyboard player in the shape of Hugo Sheppard. Hugo is also a graduate of the Trinity College of Music where he studied classical piano. He has already contributed to the band's newer material, and his avant-garde, free-flowing style has added yet another dimension to TO-MERA's sound.
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