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|Genres||Christian metal, doom metal|
|Labels||Witchhunt, Pleitegeier, Veridon, R.E.X. (U.S.)|
|Associated acts||InExordium, Revulsed|
|Past members||Andrew Tompkins
Jason De Ron
Paramaecium (sometimes typeset as Paramæcium) was an Australian death/doom metal band formed in 1991. There is use of instrumentation like flutes, cellos and violins on some albums. Paramaecium is one of the few doom metal bands that focus on Christian lyrical themes and Christian concepts. According to Doom-metal.com, "what sets Paramaecium apart from other bands in the doom metal scene, is the fact that they are the only Christian death/doom band that made it to the top of the genre."
In 1993, Paramaecium released their debut album, Exhumed of the Earth. The band consisted of Andrew Tompkins on vocals and bass, Jason De Ron on guitar, and Jayson Sherlock on drums. The music was inspired by Cathedral, early My Dying Bride and Anathema. The band incorporated flute and violin sounds as well as a soprano alongside the usual musical offerings of death and doom metal.
Paramaecium added rhythm guitarist Chris Burton in 1995 and released their second album, Within the Ancient Forest, which was accompanied by a fantasy novel of the same name written by Tompkins. The album was more diverse and technical, and involved female vocalists, harpsichord, piano, flute and cello.
Sherlock left the band in 1996.
The third album, A Time to Mourn, was released in 1999 and marked the departure of all previous band members except Tompkins. The band no longer had a touring lineup, so guest musicians were used, including guitarist Ian Arkley (formerly of Seventh Angel, Ashen Mortality and My Silent Wake). After a five-year break, Paramaecium returned in 2004 with Echoes from the Ground. The album again featured Tompkins as the only original member, but held firmly to the band's doom and death metal roots while again incorporating soprano and violins.
In 2005, Tompkins started working again with guitarist De Ron on songs for a new album. Early in 2006, drummer Sherlock rejoined the band and they played a series of concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, and NordicFest in Oslo, Norway. The NordicFest appearance in November 2006 marked the official end of Paramaecium, but it was also the official launch of the band under its new name, InExordium. InExordium's name is derived from a Paramaecium song off of Within the Ancient Forest. After InExordium broke up, New Guitarist Sheldon D'Costa and Drummer Jayson Sherlock formed Revulsed.
Sample of "The Unnatural Conception" by Paramaecium, from Exhumed of the Earth (1993). The song represents Paramaecium's doom metal style. The song opens with soprano vocals which then progresses into a heavy guitar riff.
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All of Paramaecium's albums have a concept that generally revolves around Christianity and Christian life. Exhumed of the Earth was based about the life of Jesus Christ, Within the Ancient Forest is based on how Andrew Tompkins became a Christian, and A Time to Mourn is about a life in Christ, addressing the sorts of issues one might face as a modern Christian. Echoes from the Ground is about a young man's journey through the Holy Lands to find a justification for his faith.
Last known lineup
- Andrew Tompkins - bass, vocals, programming (1991–2006)
- Jason De Ron - guitar (1992–1996, 2006)
- Jayson Sherlock - drums (1993–1996, 2006)
- Collin "Mosh" Mynard - guitar (1991–1992)
- Ian Arkley - guitar (1999)
- Mark Orr - drums (1999)
- Mark Kelson - guitar (1997–1999)
- Chris Burton - rhythm guitar (1995–1996)
- Steve Palmer - drums (1991–1993)
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- Exhumed of the Earth (1993)
- Within the Ancient Forest (1996)
- A Time to Mourn (1999)
- Echoes from the Ground (2004)
- Silent Carnage (1991)
- Repentance (1996)
- InExordium (2008)
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