It’s not often these days that I come across a band that knocks me on my ass musically. And it’s even less frequent that one of those bands happens to have been around for over two decades yet still managed to elude my ears.
So it is with Melbourne fusion metallers Alarum who caught my ear with their latest album Circles End. It is a musical slab chock full of surprises and curveballs that quite frankly shouldn’t work but somehow manages to not only work but also go a long way to being a landmark moment in Australian musical history.
“This album has been a long time in the pipeworks”, smiled vocalist/bassist Mark Palfreyman. “Basically what we wanted to achieve was to touch on and cover aspects that we’ve had in our previous three albums while still being able to bring something new to the table and expand on some ideas, especially try to get a bit more heaviness in there! It’s the first album that John Sanders (guitar, vocals) has been on. His involvement and getting his influence and sound onto the album was definitely something we have been wanting to do. We’re pretty happy we managed to achieve what we set out to do”.
In the full interview, Mark discusses Circles End in greater detail, including the contrasting musical styles contained within and how Alarum finds balance between styles, how they came up with their sound, runs through a couple of tracks on the album and how they came to life, the cover artwork and its deeper meaning, how Alarum have changed musically since debut album Fluid Motion in 1998, finding positives in the current climate of negativity and more.