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on 19 May 2007
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. To gather a visual perspective, imagine a combination of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Nightwish and Within Temptation all mixed together, as these are just some of the influences that will make themselves familiar to you as the music unfolds. The music is continually flowing from one soaring crescendo to another, but what is appealing is the massive range of diverse sounds that To-Mera have managed to fuse together so brilliantly. All the musicians are very accomplished players indeed, with this being apparent on the tracks like `Blood', `Born Of Ashes', and Obscure Oblivion'.

I am in awe as to how you could be at a Death metal gig the one minute, then inexplicably transported to a piano lounge the next, yet somehow thinking to yourself that nothing was amiss as the tempo changes are so spontaneous and executed with such gracefulness and eloquence. A truly remarkable band that has pushed the musical boundaries even further, by making this recording interesting, refreshing by exploring different sound scapes. This might just have a broader appeal with the listening audience, as there is a little bit for everyone here.
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on 25 October 2006
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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on 26 December 2008
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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