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To Mera Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B000HCPSY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Traces 3:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Then Blood 5:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dreadful Angel 6:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Phantoms 7:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Born of Ashes 7:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Parfum 6:320.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Obscure Oblivion 6:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Realm of Dreams 9:440.89  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly beautiful metal 25 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
I first ran into To-mera at Bloodstock Indoor 2006. Bad sound balance, replacement amps in the Darwin suite and yet they were still the highlight of the weekend.

Headlining at the cosy Camden Barfly in London proved to be the gig of 2006 (so far). Weeks later I still hear Julie's voice singing "Blood"...

For those of you who like nice clean genres for your metal I'd put To-mera in the progressive, technical, death, gothic region of metal, though they drift very easily into jazz, classical and maybe mix in a bit of mathcore.

For the rest of you readers To-mera create a storm of progressive metal made up of Lee's ex-Extreme Noise Terror bass, Hugo's classical keys, Tom's "everything including the kitchen sink" guitar heroics [keep practicing 'Flight of the Bumbleebee' though] and Paul's thundering drums. And in the middle of the storm are Julie's haunting vocals.

Buy this album and hear for yourself one of the most original sounds for quite a while.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and refreshing Anglo/Hungarian metal! 19 May 2007
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To-Mera is an Anglo/Hungarian ensemble that came into being during late 2005, comprising of ex-Extreme Noise Terror bassist Lee Barrett and Hungarian vocalist Julie Kiss (ex-Without Face). The duo met at a gig and decided that they had similar tastes in music, along with their ambitions being of the same nature, so they formed the group by setting about the task of recruiting some well school musicians to join the duo. With a number of musicians selected from different genres like, avant-garde jazz, classical music and death metal, the arduous task of recording the debut `Transcendental' was undertaken. Candlelight Records secured the deal and a number of months later `Transcendental' was released with critical approbation from the listening public and media alike.

To-Mera has almost re-written the textbook by their genre bending style that has been a welcomed breath of fresh air in the overpopulated metal market as of late. The music is a mixture of influences from progressive/operatic vocals, death metal guitar riffs, progressive metal twists, avant-garde jazz, stirring melodies, gothic atmospherics, and melancholy piano with a technical edge. The music is not an easy listen as there is far too much going on to capture the moment immediately, so to appreciate its diversity, further uninterrupted listens is necessary to encapsulate oneself into this aural assault. Julie Kisses vocals are stunning and from the one subtle moment she transcends into an operatic styled diva, however there are vague traces of her Eastern European accent that adds charm to the music.

Fortunately, she is not caught in the web of having a gothic sounding voice like so many other female fronted metal bands.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting 26 Dec 2008
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Every once in a while you discover a group who make you wonder how you ever surivived without them. Enter To-Mera stage left. Buy this CD, buy 'Delusions' and then join the rest of us in counting the days till the third one comes rolling out of the recording studio. There's a lot of 'female-fronted metal' out there - of varying quality - but in my humble opinion Tom, Julie and the guys are the musical five-course dinner many of us are hungering for. It sounds hackneyed to say that Julie's vocals have 'a haunting quality' but they won't leave you alone. You can run but you'll find there's actually nowhere to hide. The richness of the music is hard to sum up in a few words. Suffice it to say that you feel you're in a dark corner of Eastern Europe one minute and at Ronnie Scott's the next. Fear not though, the eerie harmonies and minor keys will soon have you back in Esztergom forest at midnight. Get to see them in concert if you can, if only to prove to yourself that Tom's fingers move on the fretboard as skilfully as the CD suggests.

Live or with studio polish, they're a feast for the ears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding debut 17 Oct 2006
By Murat Batmaz - Published on
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Few new bands can release killer debut albums like To-Mera. Formed only a year ago by Lee Barrett of Extreme Noise Terror and Julie Kiss of Without Face, To-Mera quickly grew into a full band with the addition of fantastic drummer Akos Pirisi, keyboardist Hugo Sheppard, and guitarist Tom Maclean, both of whom are schooled musicians. Sheppard's keyboard and piano playing lends the songs a very dynamic edge, often delving into classical and jazz territory, while Maclean's challenging fretwork is nothing short of mind-blowing. Not only is he technically superior to most prog bands' players, he also covers a wide spectrum of styles, fusing brutally heavy death metal-like riffs with intense, harmonically rich melodic signatures.

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. The somewhat thrashy intro and cool percussion bring in extra dynamics colliding with monstrous riffage and beguiling piano melodies. In its second half, the song launches into an instrumental landscape, merging slightly electronic synth work with super technical guitars and explosive bass.

One of To-Mera's strongest aspects is their unbreakable rhythm battery. Drummer Ari Pirisi has officially become my new-found talent of the year. I don't know whether he played on other albums before, but his performance on Transcendental is awe-inspiring. He has the ability to inject ultra-complex Meshuggah-style polyrhthms into the dark "Obscure Oblivion", which starts out like a quasi-ballad decorated with killer jazz piano, but then morphs into a pulverizing number marked by weird stop-start sections and strong vocal harmonies. Then there is "Parfum", punctuated by tribal drumming a la Tool meets Dead Soul Tribe in a free-flowing avant-garde environment. Lee Barrett's bass solo is thick and chunky, underscoring Maclean's precise guitar work which alternates between complex, multi-segmented riffery and solemn acoustic moments. "Born of Ashes", arguably the song that highlights Julie Kiss' vocals the best, begins with a nice acoustic guitar that lends itself to vague folk references before Sheppard puts in a soaring synth patch that slowly blankets and surrounds the whole piece. The song is then carried into a maniacal instrumental frenzy with pounding drumming and rampaging bass, Maclean's lead guitar work at the end being the apex of everything.

"Dreadful Angel" and the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired "Phantoms" are heavily jazz-infused, particularly during select moments. The former is slightly more experimental; it blends stomping bass and bone-crushing rhythm guitars with enchanting symphonic elements. The sound is simply huge and arrangement absolutely intricate. The song features a sick guitar and keyboard solo respectively, marrying atonal notes with jazz breakdowns and even a brief Opethian acoustic interlude. As if that's not enough, they seal the piece with killer death metal riffery at the very end. On "Phantoms", they blend mathematical guitars with chord progressions that take a few listens to grasp. Pirisi proves he's also perfectly capable of playing death metal type of drums with Barreth's low-end bass growling beneath. Kiss' clean vocals are simply beautiful, especially during the slower mid-section.

Though new to me, Brett Caldas-Lima is a killer producer. The album sounds incredible. Thick guitars and chunky bass, perfectly mixed vocals, and a fabulous drum sound. Add to this Sheppard's invalubale keyboard and piano performance and the result is Transcendental, the best debut album of 2006.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 21 Aug 2008
By Pamela Naylor - Published on
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This album is a masterpiece from beginning to end. Buy it! You won't be disappointed! At first it took me a while to warm up to this CD, but Blood really roped me in. The more I listened, the more each song became a jewel to me. I so wish they could tour America! Very prog/jazz/goth, Julie is amazing and the guitars are awesome. I love singing Born of Ashes, a great song. And the lyrics are up my alley, too, like a vivid nightmare.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Dynamic 31 Mar 2007
By Mark Twain - Published on
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This CD contains nothing but solid musicmanship. I'm a huge fan of progressive metal, and what's great about this band is their ability to maintain heavy instrumentals while keeping the vocals sultry. The piano playing is great and gives To-Mera's overall sound a classical feel. It's really hard to classify this type album due to it's diversity; there are elements of speed metal, symphonic metal, prog metal, jazz, classical, etc... I would recommend this technical masterpiece to anyone who is a fan of progressive metal.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Original 22 Feb 2008
By MusicLover - Published on
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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. I loved the song "Blood" immediatly, but the other songs took some time. Once I gave it enough listens, I fell in love with the entire album. Julie's voice is simply beautiful and unique among the Femme Metal world. I think they're a breath of fresh air and great for fans of Nightwish, Within Temptation, After Forever or Therion.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected. 30 Jan 2010
By T. Kelly - Published on
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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 soul or depth. Maybe this is a reflection of our times. Machine over emotion. The female vocalist although very skilled was regrettably lost in the mix. There is obviously something that this band could learn from the past.
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