The Symphony of Screams
Auckland-based group The Symphony of Screams describe their sound as ‘grungy metal’, and to quote that bible of heavy, Kerrang! magazine, sound like “NZ Napalm who hammer it home all the way.”
The power and energy that TSOS bring to the stage is amply demonstrated by the fact that they were sought out by Capital C Productions to be the main New Zealand support act at Rock to Wellington, where fans of heavy numbering over 25,000 per night were treated to their brand of uncompromising rock assault.
Their debut album Heed to the Voices was originally an NZ-only independent release, which went down so well with fans that it was re-released worldwide in late 2012 by AllGood Absolute Alternative Records, garnering positive reviews pretty much across the board. "As good as it gets" to paraphrase but one.
The Symphony of Screams derive much of their motivation (and sound) from a desire for uncompromising artistic honesty. There’s nothing gimmicky about these guys. Translating the fist-pumping energy of their live set to record is a driving force when the boys step offstage and into the studio.
Guitarist/vocalist Te Matera Smith, who hails originally from the UK, is a former member of British rock outfit Sundog who were signed to Sony Records UK. Sundog recorded extensively at the iconic Channel House studios, Bristol, which basically served as the base for the entire ‘Bristol sound’ group of artists which included Massive Attack and Tricky. And while we’re talking pedigree, guitarist/vocalist Russell Hansen was one of the original members of NZ metal royalty 8Ft Sativa.