Long running Melbourne metallers, Alarum have released, the lyric video for Sphere Of Influence, the first single from their long awaited new album due out mid year on the Dinner For Wolves label.
Watch it here
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 3 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.
Of the songs lyrical message Mark states:
We’re all on this sphere together, regardless of location, separation or unity…
Positive and negative experiences, how we react and learn from them is as much a part of who we are as is where we are…past, present and future. There’s division, greed, control and those who want it all and give nothing. There’s the countless selfless who do all they can to help others.
Be yourself, take responsibility for your actions and be your part of the influence that you want to give…or not.
Ultimately, it’s the choices we make that define who are and how other’s around are affected.
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
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.
Alarum 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 fanbase.
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 (Nevermore, Spiral Architect, Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Aghora, Hall & Oates and Queensryche), With their upcoming new album, Alarum will take the listener on a journey like never before.
Mark Palfreyman – Vocals & Bass
Scott Young – Guitar
John Sanders – Guitar & Vocals
Ben Hocking – Drums on album
Sphere Of Influence is out now