Therein – Aramitama

Aramitama Album Cover Art

Therein – Aramitama
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/10/2020
Running Time: 61:34
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

Australia’s getting a bit of a name for itself for producing some awesomely interesting music on the metal scene right now, and Brisbane Progressive Metal four-piece, Therein, are certainly no exception to this rule! And I’ve finally got round to checking out their second album release, “Aramitama”, which dropped in October last year. Their mission with this album was to get all of their live repertoire down on record, and it expands from their early work, right back in 2012, to new songs created after the release of their first album. And, my friends, it is prog/fusion heaven. Judging by their promo pics, these guys obviously don’t take life too seriously, and enjoy being quirky, and this comes through instantly in their music. It’s diverse flavours and styles all meld perfectly to create an hour long, completely alternative mind wobble. From heavy riffs and Death undertones, to country, funk, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and elevator music, it’s all in there.

After a mellow folk/country opener, the album launches into ‘Abeyance’, a 9-minute prog extravaganza, loaded with heavy crunch, and funk change ups, which introduces you nicely to just how exuberantly bonkers the rest of the album is going to be.

The instrumental nature of the beginning of the album is moved away from slightly in ‘Furry Little Demons’ where we’re treated to vocals akin to Tom Waits, another favourite of mine, so another big tick from me. The rest of this track is so complex, but superbly executed, that it just makes you smile. We see similar precision in next track, ‘The Crawling Chaos’, although this is much heavier, and doomier, and the vocals more Death Metal growly. If this were a drug induced trip, this would be the point where the dark images started, and the waves of paranoia struck! So many cross rhythms!! So many complex riffs! Torturously beautiful!

At this point, I’ll briefly mention the production. This is how to do production properly. Balanced, interesting, highlighting the main aspects and instruments in each section, so that everything has a chance to sing. Very cleverly done. I love it!

There are so many peaks and troughs of intensity on display within this album, too. Not just within the running order of the tracks, but within the songs themselves. This is illustrated perfectly in ‘Through the Threshold’, which starts off calmly, with clean guitar work, and bags of reverb, then launches into full on crunching Death, but still masterfully using the progressive elements that Therein are very adept at.

If I had to pick a favourite track, which believe me is pretty hard, then it would be ‘Sláinte’. This almost serves as the eye of the craziness storm, bringing a sudden and new calm. It’s a folk – inspired song, which takes me back to my days in a folk band. It’s acoustic feel, but vast expansiveness, offers a moment of clarity, like you’re a bird flying over the rugged coastlines of the Celtic lands, marveling at the beauty which the earth has carved.

I love this album. Its complexities are mind blowing but comforting at the same time. You always feel that the band are in complete control of the insanity, and every incomprehensible twist has a logical reason for being there. Oh, and the final track – full on 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, because, well, just because they can! Superbly exciting and different. Ridiculously talented sods! GIMME MORE!!! And next time I need to hear it before the year is out! If I’d heard this before the end of 2020, it would have been firmly in my top ten!

‘Through The Threshold’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. To Better Times
02. Abeyance
03. Furry Lil’ Demons
04. The Crawling Chaos
05. Spock
06. Through The Threshold
07. Divide
08. Sláinte
09. Brunhilde
10. ALH84001
11. Wrong Dunn Blues
12. Piece of Shit

LINE-UP:
Cameron Whelan – Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Boyd – Guitar
Ned Gulliford – Drums, Vocals
Charlie Limpus – Bass

LINKS:

Therein Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with THEREIN

EMQ’s with THEREIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane Australia based Progressive Metal band, Therein. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Cameron, and drummer/vocalist, Ned, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Cameron: Guitar, Vocals, random shit!

Ned: Drums, Vocals

Cameron: I moved to Brisbane with a bunch of songs looking to get a band together. Through a mutual friend, I found out Ned was moving to Brisbane, and would probably be keen. We met up, found some more people, and now we’re still making noise.

How did you come up with your band name?

Cameron: It was just a name that I liked, and used to use as a name for demos and shit, when I was writing stuff growing up. It kinda stuck, and now I realize that it’s actually a pretty fitting name, given that a big part of the bands “thing” seems to be about expressing ourselves as musicians. Or something like that.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Cameron: We’re from ‘Straya. It’s probably not as “bustling” an environment as other parts of the world, but it has a history of some top-quality bands, so there’s obviously something good going on here.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our second album ARAMITAMA! There’s also a video for the song ‘Through The Threshold’.

‘Through The Threshold’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ned: Frank Zappa, Dream Theater, Death

Cameron: Frank Zappa, System of a Down, Meshuggah… and just about every single piece of music that I’ve ever enjoyed.

What first got you into music?

Ned: Girls

Cameron: Always been around it, so I guess I wanted to make it, too!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Cameron: There’s a few local bands here and abroad that I’d love to collaborate with. But I’d love to do something with Tomas Haake, Marco Minneman, or Guthrie Govan. Maybe I’d actually learn a thing or two.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Cameron: Wacken, because it’s sick! And I have friends in Germany that would get a kick out of it!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Ned: Spit in the face

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Ned: Please don’t spit in my face!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Ned: Frank Zappa

Cameron: Frank Zappa

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Ned: I enjoy not giving a shit about doing what I want, when I want to, for no reason. I hate the lack of $$$$$!!

Cameron: I love exploring sounds, writing and performing music, jamming…I probably hate how much the money seems to flow away from the musician. Makes it harder to sustain.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Cameron: Less “who you know” stuff, there’s far too many middlemen.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ned: “Joe’s Garage” – Frank Zappa

Cameron: I can’t choose.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Ned: CD/Full/Higher Quality Digital Download

Cameron: CD, Vinyl, and Downloads.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Cameron: Most of the gigs we did in Japan.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Ned: Lifting Weights, Raising Children

Cameron: Wondering why the fuck I’m not a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cameron: Gordon Ramsay, and the rest of the Therein crew!

What’s next for the band?

Gigs, Merch, album number 3!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.thereinmusic.com
www.thereinmusic.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/thereinmusic
www.youtube.com/thereinmusic

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ned: WTF is a Jaffa Cake

Cameron: They’re biscuit-sized cakes. If they were cake-sized biscuits they would be called Jaffa Biscuits, and they’d be too much. Just thinking about trying to eat a cake-sized biscuit is making me thirsty!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

LISTEN TO OUR SHIT!!

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