Alarum are an Australian progressive metal band which formed in 1992 by Vox Singing Academy student and founding member on lead vocals, clean and dirty and bass Mark Palfreyman. Their first album, Fluid Motion, was self-released in 1998. The second album, Eventuality…, was released in Australia and United States on Willowtip Records in October 2004 and in Europe on Earache Records in June 2005. From April to June 2006 Alarum toured US with Necrophagist, Arsis, Cattle Decapitation and Neuraxis. They followed with shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland with Obituary. The group’s third album, Natural Causes, was issued in Australia and US in October 2011 and in Europe in January 2012.
Alarum’s first album, Fluid Motion, was self-released in 1998 on Prey Music. It had been recorded in August–September 1997 at the Back Beach Studio in Rye. Production was by Alarum and DW Norton (Superheist guitarist). Norton also engineered the album. Christian Renner of The Metal Crypt described Fluid Motion as moving from “hardcore thrash riffs to an almost jazz inspired riff effortlessly and having it sound like it all belongs” and “excellent guitar work with great riffs and brilliant leads to the incredible drum work”.
Their second album, Eventuality…, was released in Australia and United States on Willowtip Records in October 2004 and in Europe on Earache Records in June 2005. The album had been recorded during 2004 at the same studio in Rye as their first but with Alarum and Theron Rennison co-producing. The Metal Forge’s Simon Milburn praised the album as “chock full to the brim of frantic and over the top jazz-fused riffs and bass lines along with dynamic and effective drum fills and rolls and vocals that flick schizophrenically between melody and growl”.
From April to June 2006 Alarum toured US with Necrophagist, Arsis, Cattle Decapitation and Neuraxis. They followed, in mid-June, with shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland supporting US death metal group, Obituary.
Also in May the group supported Obituary at a gig in Melbourne on the Australian leg of their Frozen in Time Tour.
On 18 October that year the group’s third album, Natural Causes, was issued in Australia and US, and in Europe in January 2012.
Metal Review’s Ramar Pittance sees the group are “honing their songwriting chops and producing some of their tightest compositions to date. What’s most impressive about Alarum in 2011 is how responsibly the players wield their technical prowess. At their best, the band pens compositionally straightforward and hooky thrashers and inform them with their meticulously honed and delightfully djanky chops”.
Rob Brens departed the band after 9 years in October, 2015, being replaced by Grahame Goode (Infernal Method, Automation, Killrazor), and then replaced for live shows by Liam Weedall (Voros, Dyssidia). The band are currently finishing recording their fourth release, working with Ben Hocking (The Levitation Hex, Aeon Of Horus) on the drums for the recording sessions.
Alarum released their fourth album Circle’s End on June 2020 and were critically acclaimed as progressive rock royalty with amazing vocals.
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