Long running Melbourne metallers, Alarum, have released Sphere Of Influence, the first single from their long awaited new album due out mid year on the Dinner For Wolves label.
One of the more adventurous progressive acts, Alarum effortlessly blend heavy metal with elements of rock, latin and fusion to create one of the greatest jazz-thrash-metal bands Australia has ever produced. The result is captivating and has led to the band becoming one of the most respected and influential acts of the last two decades.
The first single to come from the new album is Sphere Of Influence – watch the clip for the track below!
Beginning with a blast of pure fury, Sphere Of Influence quickly dives into a jazz breakdown before swerving into a mid paced metal chug and a solo that evokes some of Norway’s finest symphonic black metal. Sphere Of Influence is a musical cacophony of intricate proportions and coming in at under three minutes, will leave you wondering what the hell just happened!
“Sphere Of Influence is a great representation of the album; genre swapping, solos, clean bits, aggression and frenzy tied together by a unity in the music”- says Alarum vocalist Mark Palfreyman.
Citing acts as diverse as Death, Cynic, Anthrax and Pantera alongside Mr Bungle, Rush, Frank Zappa and Chick Corea, Alarum really are unique among their peers.
The band released their first album, Fluid Motion in 1998 which was immediately critically praised for its jazz-thrash technicality. This led to them being signed to Willowtip for the USA as well as Earache for Europe for the release of their second album, Eventuality in 2004-5 and saw them tour extensively across the globe, significantly expanding their fan base.
In 2012 Alarum released their third album, Natural Causes, which saw their technical prowess honed even further and saw them produce some of their tightest compositions to date.
Mixed and Co-produced by Neil Kernon (Michael Bolton, Aviator, Shy), With their upcoming new album, Alarum will take the listener on a journey like never before.