For the main man behind prog metal band Teramaze every inch of their brand new album We Are Soliders is a painstaking, personal effort. Dean Wells not only does the guitar playing and some of the vocals but puts together everything in this home studio. It is a labour of love, there is no doubt that, but as the band’s fans are about to find out when the album is released it is also well worth all the hard work.
“It was a bit of a strange time for the band,” explains Wells when I ask him about the process of putting together We Are Soliders. “It always seems when we are putting together an album there is some kind of member change or label change. With the song-writing this album was pretty much written straight after Her Halo and I wanted to do something a little more energetic and to go back to the metal side of the band. But then we changed singers and went back to our original singer Brett and I got really sick.”
That illness saw Wells laid up and unable to work on the album for a long period of time. “For me personally it was a bit of a mountain for me to get better health wise to be able to do this at this level because I had never been this sick before in my life,” he explains. “It was a bit of a strange thing for me but by the end of it I felt like I had accomplished more than just a recording. It felt like I had accomplished a much better headspace and much better health and I was able to change things about my life because I get stuck in my own head I sit in the studio and write all the time and that wore me down… I just didn’t realise.”
“So yeah it was a bit of a mountain,” he says. “But there is such good music coming out of the band now – there is such a great vibe. There is a really good vibe in the band and that is really nice… I’m enjoying it.”