TesseracT Announces Details For Upcoming Live Event

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TesseracT will hold a unique live performance later this month.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a press release. The event, titled “PORTALS,” is scheduled to stream live at 2 p.m. ET Dec. 12. The pre-show is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and will feature extra, such as interviews with the band, behind-the-scenes footage, crew rehearsals.

Tickets for the upcoming concert experience are available here. Early bird tickets are $17 while standard tickets are $20. Ticket bundles featuring t-shirts, laminates, and posters are also available.

A trailer for the extensive presentation is streaming here. According to the trailer, the concert will be spread across five separate acts and will have a “new set list.” Audiences can stream the concert for three days after its premiere.

Bassist Amos Williams produced “Portals” and discussed the upcoming presentation in a prepared statement.

“P O R T A L S is a celebration of our love of performing,” he said. “Each act is a still from an ever-evolving musical personality. Each song is the conversation you have with old friends when you meet up for the first time in ages and you pick up exactly where you left off.”

“This year has presented us all with an unusual set of barriers to surmount,” added Williams. The limitations of not being able to tour and the absence of shows has focused us towards the concept of creating the ultimate tour production, within the ultimate TesseracT show; Where we explore every facet of our music, and every story we have told, and in doing so create new stories and in some cases commit evolved versions to a medium that will outlast the moment.”

Mike Malyan handed drums for the upcoming concert in place of the band’s drummer Jay Postones. Postones was unable to travel from his hometown in Texas to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Early this year, TesseracT re-issued its 2013 sophomore album Altered State through Century Media Records. The record was released on a 4LP/2CD box set. The collection features the isolated instrumental tracks that were recorded during the Altered State sessions.

Tesseract’s vinyl/CD re-issue of Altered State is available now.

More information on TesseracT’s Altered State re-issue and upcoming concert is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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TesseracT’s ‘Altered State’ Re-Issue Will Find A Very Targeted Appeal

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Progressive metal band TesseracT is resurrecting its 2013 sophomore album Altered State.  The band is scheduled to re-issue the record Friday on an extended 4LP/2CD box set.  The set’s re-issue is centered around the addition of the previously unreleased isolated instrumentals recorded during the album’s sessions.  This aspect will be discussed shortly.  That the band featured the noted instrumentals not just on one, but both platforms is its own positive that deserves its own attention.  The box set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  That is especially considering the average prices for vinyls in this day and age.  It will be addressed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of TesseracT’s vinyl re-issue of Altered State.  All things considered, this presentation is one that will appeal mainly to the band’s most devoted audiences.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2013 sophomore album Altered State is a presentation that will appeal largely to the band’s most devoted fan base.  That is thanks in part to the inclusion of the album’s previously unreleased isolated instrumental tracks.  For those who might not already know how the creation of songs works, instrumentals are recorded and mixed separate within themselves and even separate from vocal tracks.  The instrumentals that accompany songs’ lyrical content can either compliment that lyrical content or even give that content (and itself) a whole new identity and impact.  The thing is that when the two sides are coupled it is sometimes (actually often) difficult to focus just on one or the other.  By presenting the isolated instrumentals, audiences are able to focus just on the instrumentals.  This in turn allows the band members’ talents to really shine and get the appreciation that they deserve.  The djent nature of so much of the record’s musical arrangements is on full display here alongside the record’s darker, heavier, moments, which were clearly influenced by the likes of Fates Warning, Tool, and Dream Theater.  Simply put, having the instrumentals isolated and available for audiences to hear by themselves for the first time is plenty of incentive for TesseracT’s most devoted fans to own this re-issue of Altered State.  Adding in to that appeal is the fact that Century Media has made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans in the process.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of Altered State is a box set that features the band’s landmark album and its isolated instrumentals on vinyl and CD.  In other words, whether a fan takes the side of vinyl or CD, audiences on both sides of that discussion will get to enjoy the full presentation.  The only catch is that regardless of which side audiences take, they will have to purchase the box set in whole in order to get the experience.  That can easily be construed as a negative, and yes to a point it is negative.  That is because owning the 4LP vinyl set is going to be more expensive than owning the 2CD set by itself.  Owning both together is even more expensive.  On the other hand, by owning the re-issue together in both formats, Century Media’s officials are making sure that all of their bases are covered.  Their logic is understandable.  By having the set together in one box  means that again, both sides of the discussion are covered.  It also means that those audiences who themselves take both sides can enjoy the album’s re-issue whether on vinyl at home (or a family or friend’s place) or in their cars.  In other words, again, all the bases are covered, so Century Media has actually done a favor for all of TesseracT’s fans here.  It is just one more way in which this record’s re-issue proves to be a boon for TesseracT’s most devoted fans, and not the last.

The average price point of Altered State’s re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  As has already been noted, the price of the re-issue together in one full 4LP/2CD set is not inexpensive.  The box set’s average price point – using price listings at Amazon, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers (it was not listed at Walmart, Target, or Books-A-Million) – comes to $67.32.  As expensive as that is, it is in line with other expanded vinyl box sets that are available from other acts in terms of pricing.  To that end, while the noted devotees will shell out quite a bit for the set, it is not above the price for other vinyl collections that are out there.  For instance, Motorhead’s newly released Ace of Spades box set – released Oct. 30 – is priced at approximately $165.  It features far more content, though.  Single disc vinyls will run audiences between $25-$30, depending on the retailer.  To that end, the price point for this collection is up there but not overly so.  Amazon’s price of $65.98 is the least expensive, though literally by just a penny from the listing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers ($65.99).  Best Buy lists the set at $69.99.  Simply put, regardless of the retailer, the single pricing at each noted retailer is below the noted average.  What’s more, it is below the $100 mark, making for even more encouragement for the band’s devotees to pick up this re-issue.  When this is considered along with the overall content and its availability, all three elements join to leave no doubt as to why TesseracT’s biggest fans will appreciate this set.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2013 sophomore album Altered State is a presentation that will appeal to a very targeted group of the band’s fans.  Those fans will be glad to know that there is plenty of motivation to own the new box set, too.  That is proven in part through the fact that the re-issue features the album’s instrumentals isolated alongside the full album in this presentation.  That the isolated tracks and albums are featured on the box set’s vinyl and CD platforms make for even more motivation for the noted audiences to own this collection.  The set’s average and separate price listings are their own motivation.  The average and separate listings are below the $100 mark.  What’s more, the separate listings are below the average price point, making for even more appeal.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the box set’s presentation.  All things considered, TesseracT’s most devoted fans can be assured that this box set is a positive investment and addition to their music libraries. 

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Discrepancies’ New Album Is An Aptly Titled Record

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Independent rock band Discrepancies is quite the interesting act.  The up-and-coming quartet has only been in existence since 2013.  In the short time since its formation, this little band that could has proven itself one of the next big names in the rock community. That is evidenced through the facts that since its formation, the quartet has played some of the nation’s biggest concert festivals, garnered thousands of streams for its singles and videos, and even released two successful studio recordings – an EP and an album.  Now this Friday, the band will look to continue its meteoric climb with the release of its aptly titled second album (and third overall studio recording) The Rise.  The 10-song record has already produced five singles, each of which has done its part to prove the band’s place in the rap-rock community.  They are just a part of what makes this 33-minute presentation such an entertaining and engaging record.  That is because they only show one side of the record, so to speak.  ‘Put ‘Em Up (Dub Flow)’ shows another side to the album.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Blame Me,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is another notable addition to the record.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Left To Drift,’ which comes early in the record’s run, is one more important addition to the album.  It shows yet more depth to the record and will be discussed later, too.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, the album’s singles and its remaining two songs, the record in whole becomes a presentation that proves Discrepancies’ star truly is on the rise.

Up-and-coming rock band Discrepancies is unquestionably one of the next big names in the rock community to watch for 2020 and beyond.  The five singles that the record has already produced have shown that the band can easily hold its own within the rap-rock and nu-metal communities.  They are not all that the album has to offer, though.  There’s also a touch of some more pure rap alongside the band’s rock influences in ‘Put ‘Em Up (Dub Flow).’  Yes, the rock element is present here through the guitar and drums, but that aspect plays more of a supporting role alongside front man ATG Metcalf and guest rapper Dub Flow’s rhymes, and their pairing with the song’s bass and keyboards.  The rhymes that the pair spits are collectively a message of self confidence.

The noted lyrical theme is inferred right from the song’s outset as the lead verse states, “Corny a** rappers/Gettin’ hyped up by mascots/Claimin’ that they have guac/I call them have nots/Put ‘em in a super soldier, figure four/Until they give me mad props/Things get intense and the caps lock/Lately I feel a bit offline/But I gotta get at it/It’s all mine/Now hundred percent ground…These critics are drillin’ me/I’m not the enemy/I’m just a victim of hard times/Our message is vivid/It might take a minute/’Cause we gotta fit it in small minds/I try to keep it classy/’Cause I’m not into fashion…They don’t like the way we mix it up/They want to send me packin’…”  Some of the lyrics here are tough to catch, considering the speed at which the lyrics are delivered at some points.  However, enough is decipherable that it can be inferred here that this is someone who is fighting plenty of odds, but is still standing strong.  It’s a familiar topic in the rap and hip-hop world, and is no less engaging here than in any other song.  The inferred theme is made even clearer in the song’s second verse, which states, “I you’re ready to feel the rush/That’s what’s up/Feel the adrenaline building up/Hit the clutch/even if you think everything sucks/Put ‘em up/’Cause if you don’t give a damn/We don’t give/a/f***.”  The song continues in similar fashion from there, giving the musical middle finger to all of the naysayers out there while also continuing to remind listeners to not give up.  It collectively makes for a strong statement that will resonate with listeners long after the song ends.  When this familiar lyrical theme is considered along with its companion musical content, the whole of the song becomes even more notable.  Collectively, they make the song just one of the album’s most standout songs.  ‘Blame Me’ is as notable as ‘Put ‘Em Up (Drub Flow).’

‘Blame Me’ stands out in that its musical arrangement is not the standard rap rock style presentation that has been so prevalent in most of the album’s singles.  Rather, this song boasts more of an aggro-rock style complete with not just Metcalf’s rapping, but also more clean singing vocals from guitarist Addison Bracher.  The combination of the two elements joins with the subtle keyboards and the drums to lend the arrangement to a comparison to works from the likes of Nonpoint, Stuck Mojo and Linkin Park.  When the aggression in the song’s musical theme couples with its lyrical counterpart, the whole of the song becomes even more engaging and entertaining for listeners.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Blame Me’ is certain to resonate with listeners in its own way as it takes on those people who live to make everyone around them miserable.  That is inferred clearly in the song’s lead verse, which states, “I’ve watched you/Interrupt nonsense/Set it on fire/Creating your own problems/Complain that it burns/But still refuse to drop it/If you want to leave my day in ruin/Well, mission accomplished/Offer you the blueprint/All you do is knock it/Allergic to the solution/Addicted to the conflict/Drop it/Listen to something I can’t rock with/I love you to death/but your attitude’s toxic/Stop it/Why you gotta wreck my day/Save all that negative energy and step away/Why you searching for the sympathy I guess you crave…”  The last line in this verse is tough to decipher without a lyrics sheet to reference, but that is beside the point.  Enough of the lyrics are understandable at this point to make clear the noted theme.  The song’s second verse follows in similar fashion, noting, “I promise if you let it/I swear this world will drown you/let go of the drama/You really seem to be bouncin’/Listen/Doesn’t always have to come down to bringin’ yourself down and everybody around you.”  Again, here is that noted message as clear as day.  The song’s subject then goes on to state, “I need to cut you out.”  This is important in that it puts out there that this is someone who is at that breaking point with someone in a highly toxic relationship.  It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship.  It could just be a general plutonic relationship.  Lots of people out there have been in the noted scenario.  It is certain to make the song that much more accessible for listeners.  In turn, it proves even more why not just the song, but the album, too, is so hard hitting.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable works, too.  ‘Left To Drift’ adds even more depth to the album.

‘Left To Drift’ stands out perhaps more than any other arrangement in Discrepancies’ new album in that it presents a distinct progressive metal sound.  The heavy, guitar-driven work immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of TesseracT, Periphery, and Meshuggah.  What’s really interesting here is the juxtaposition of that sound against the clean vocals.  It makes for such a powerful impact.  In relation, the song’s lyrical content makes for its own powerful impact. 

Right from its outset, the song’s lyrical theme hints directly at the familiar topic of a broken relationship as Bracher sings, “Oh what a beautiful lie/To give a heart with no trust left inside/They say…the truth it sets and feels like I’m dead inside/Let the waves wash over my skin/Let the tide pull me in.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Oh what a colorless lie/to trust a love that left you torn inside/You feel you’ll never be worthy/Do you/You fear there’s no room for you left in their hearts.”  This again comes across as someone addressing another who is dealing with some heavy thoughts and emotions as a result of very negative interactions in the past.  The lines that follow add to that statement even more.  All things considered, the heaviness in the song’s lyrical content couples with the heaviness in the song’s musical arrangement to make the song in whole its own unique presentation that makes the album even more engaging and entertaining.  When the song is considered along with the other songs noted here, the album’s singles and its two remaining tracks, the record in whole cements Discrepancies’ place as one of the next big names in the hard rock and metal community.

Discrepancies’ sophomore album The Rise is an impressive return for the band.  It is a presentation that certifies the band’s place among the next generation of hard rock and metal acts.  That is proven not only through the rap-rock style singles that the album has already produced, but also through the songs noted here as well as the album’s other two singles.  They collectively present The Rise as a record that is quite diverse in its content.  That diversity and the accessibility of the record’s lyrical content comes together to make this record a solid success from beginning to end.  They make the record a sign that this band’s fame is in fact on the rise. 

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TesseracT To Re-Issue ‘Altered State’ On Vinyl

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TesseracT will re-issue its 2013 album Altered State this fall.

The band is scheduled to re-issue the album Nov. 6 on a 4LP/2CD set through Century Media Records.  The set features the band’s original album along with the album’s instrumental tracks, which have never been released by themselves on vinyl.  Paul Waggoner (Between The Buried and Me) makes a guest appearance on the ‘Nocturne‘ instrumental.

The album takes up two of the four LPs while the instrumentals are featured on the other two LPs.  Four individual lyrics sheets and inserts accompany the LPs and CDs.  Pre-orders for the deluxe edition, which will release in exclusive silver & clear pressings, are open.

Pre-orders for the set in standard black, and white & transparent turquoise are also open.  Those pressings will release in Europe.

The band talked about the forthcoming re-issue in a prepared statement.

“For the band, we always felt like we hit a perfect balance with the presentation on Altered State,” the statement reads. “And that the concept was made even more striking in a gatefold vinyl package. There’s just something very tactile and real about that iteration. We’re all really looking forward to it being available in that format again.”

Altered State is the only of TesseracT’s albums to feature now former front man Ashe O’Hara.  The album was nominated for Best Album at the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, following the band’s win in the Best New Band category.

Most recently, TesseracT released the album Sonder in 2018 with original vocalist Daniel Tomkins.  The band performed a livestream concert May 14.  The concert is streaming here.

More information on TesseracT’s forthcoming Altered State re-issue is available online now along with all of TesseracT’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Altostratus Debuts ‘Persea Americana’ Video

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Prog-metal band Altostratus debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Persea Americana‘ Friday.  The song is featured in the band’s latest album, Complete The Connection and is the third single from the album. The wholly tongue-in-cheek video follows the final days of the life of “Avocado Man.”

On one end, the video presents plenty of laughs for audiences with the very setup of a man in an avocado suit responding to orders for guacamole.  On another level, it will touch audiences deeply with its underlying lyrical theme of accepting our mortality while also entertaining audiences with its heavy musical arrangement.  The arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Tesseract, Periphery and Animals As Leaders.

Bassist Andrew Smith talked about the new video in a recent interview.

“Persea Americana” and the preceding short film, “Holy Guacamole (The Consummation)” tell the story of the conception, birth, life and death of the aptly named, Avocado Man,” he said. “The original story for the video was originally intended as a framework to match the dynamics of the track but as we started creating the video and the ideas started flowing, themes of death and acceptance started weaving their way into it. The short film shows the power of will and love, and what lengths we’ll go to for the people we love. The music video, on the other hand, is about the inevitability of death, and the anxiety that comes with realizing your own mortality. Avocado Man was never meant to be, and once he and the people he loves come to terms with this, only then can they find peace. Ultimately though, it’s about an Avocado that works in the fast food industry and the spooky spells that were conjured to bring him to life.”

The teaser movie for the aforementioned short film is streaming here.

More information on Altostratus’ new single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

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TesseracT Claims Top Honors In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums List

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This year has been a truly productive time for the metal community.  Veteran acts, up-and-comers and even the underground have produced offerings that have given the metal masses more than enough reason to put their horns in the air all year long.  The most notable acts who have released standout albums this year include, and are not limited to  from All Hail The Yeti, Judas Priest and Artillery just to name a few bands.

Keeping this in mind, rock and metal critics the world over will have to agree that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings was a monumental task.  That was especially the case for this critic.  This critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums features new albums from bands from both sides of the Atlantic and from the mainstream and the underground.

Taking the top spot in this year’s list from Phil’s Picks is none other than the British prog-metal outfit TesseracT, Sonder.  The band’s latest offering is both musically and lyrically a truly in-depth offering that holds its own in the metal community and the prog community.

Second place this year goes to Florida’s own Nonpoint.  The band’s aptly-titled is a powerhouse offering from the veteran hard rock band that shows Nonpoint as a band at the top of its game both musically and lyrically.

Judas Priest takes the bronze this year with its new album Firepower.  This one was not an easy choice to make, as Nonpoint, Judas Priest and TesseracT are all outstanding bands in their own right.  Firepower harkens back to some of Judas Priest’s best work from days long gone, and is such a welcome album.  With lyrics that pay tribute to the military, that make a bold statement of standing up for one’s self and more, it is that much stronger, so it was not with ease that the album ended up in third.

Also featured in this year’s list are new albums from Artillery, All Hail The Yeti and Soulfly just to name a few more. As always, the top 10 albums are the main list while the five that follow are all honorable mention titles.  With all of this in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. TesseracT — Sonder
  2. Nonpoint — X
  3. Judas Priest — Firepower
  4. Between The Buried and Me — Automata
  5. Soulfly — Ritual
  6. Sevendust — All I See Is War
  7. All Hail The Yeti — Highway Crosses
  8. Exmortus — The Sound of Steel
  9. Artillery — The Face of Fear
  10. The Amsterdam Red Light District — Sapere Aude
  11. Ice Nine Kills — The Silver Scream
  12. Black Label Society — Grimmest Hits
  13. Unearth — Extinction(s)
  14. Atreyu — In Our Wake
  15. Zardonic — Become

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TesseracT’s New LP ‘Sonder’ Is A Powerhouse Prog-Metal Album

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British prog-metal outfit TesseracT has, ever since its inception some 15 years ago, made quite the name for itself in the rock and metal community.  That is thanks to the music that the band has crafted and presented over the course of three albums and one live recording.  That music has stood completely apart from its contemporaries both musically and stylistically.  Its fourth album, Sonder – which was released this past Friday, April 20 – is no exception to that rule.  The eight-song, 36-minue album takes the best elements of TesseracT’s own past works and crosses that with the best elements of Tool and Leprous for an album that is just as certain as its early records to impress listeners.  This is proven right from the album’s outset in the album’s opener ‘Luminary.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘King,’ the albums second single (and the album’s second song in its sequence), also serves to show why this record is another impressive offering from TesseracT.  It will be discussed later.  ‘Mirror Image,’ with its deep, emotional musical and lyrical content is yet another example of what makes this record another solid effort from TesseracT.  It is hardly the last example of what makes the album so strong, too.  Each of the album’s other tracks not directly discussed here shows in its own way why the album stands out.  Between those songs and the ones more directly noted, the album in whole proves to be one more of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Prog-metal TesseracT has been making music and touring together for the better part of 15 years.  On the surface that might seem like a long time, but the fact that the band has released only three albums and one live recording over the course of that time sys that the band is still very young.  The release of its fourth album this past Friday, however, gives great hope for the band’s future.  It is an album that proves (just as with the band’s previous trio of albums) that this band is one of the biggest names in prog-metal’s (and metal’s in general) next generation.  This is proven right from the album’s outset in its lead single and opener, ‘Luminary.’  Musically speaking, the song conjures thoughts of Leprous, Tool and Tesseract’s own, more familiar material.  That is evidenced through the controlled chaos in the song’s dual guitar arrangement, its low-end (courtesy of Amos Williams) and front man Daniel Tompkins’ own vocal delivery.  Drummer Jay Postones’ work behind the kit is reminiscent of Mike Portnoy with its polyrhythmic patterns.  The whole of those items combined makes this song’s arrangement a powerful composition to say the very least.  At the most, it is more proof of why TesseracT is one of the elite names in prog-metal.

In regards to its lyrical theme, it is just as powerful a song.  Tompkins explained in a recent interview that the song “conceptually explores a deep and devouring sense of insignificance, which ties into the overall theme behind Sonder.”  It does just that and quite well at that as Tompkins sings, “You could raise the dead/With those terribly troublesome eyes/Maybe you’ll always be bad/Maybe you’ll always be the same/Are you alone/Locked inside/That prison in your head/You walk through the crowd/Lost in the sound/Invisible to every passing eye.”  That lead verse and chorus paints quite the vivid picture to illustrate exactly what Tompkins said.  The same can be said of the song’s second verse in which Tompkins sings, “This waking life is not what it seems to be/No time to talk/No air to breathe/Reminisce the scent of a single flower/What butchers cleave/The wolves devour/But if you consume it/You will surely die/When you’re buried with your tenderness/You’ll drag it to your solitary grave.”  This collectively shows the impact of what that sense of insignificance can and often does do to a person, emotionally and psychologically.  The coupling of that powerful statement with the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement makes this work both a strong start for Sonder and a clear example of why the album is such a strong new effort from the band.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show why this record is such a strong offering from TesseracT.  The album’s second single (and second song) ‘King’ is another example of what makes this record stand out.

‘King,’ much like ‘Luminary’ proves so powerful in part because of its musical arrangement.  The heaviness for which TesseracT has come to be known is here once again.  As has been noted by others, it is another work here that joins elements of the arrangements from the band’s debut album One (2011) and Polaris (2017).  The dual-guitar attack of Acle Kahney and James Monteith forms a solid foundation for the song.  Both in the full-on heavy moments and the softer moments (which are heavy in their own right thanks to the guitarists’ control) their work stands out so distinctly.  Tompkins’ vocal delivery here can so easily be compared to that of tool front man Maynard James Keenan.  This includes even his screams.  Williams’ low-end and Postones’ work behind the kit puts the finishing touch to the arrangement, joining forces with the other lines to make this arrangement so powerful both in its heavy and more reserved moments.  The power of those moments together joins with the song’s equally powerful lyrical theme to make the song even more hard-hitting.

As Tompkins noted in an interview about the song, “Far too often, we find ourselves lead into conflict and inner turmoil.  Life is surely a battle.  History has a bad habit of repeating itself, and when living with the constraints of an onerous life, it’s easy to overlook the greatest gift we’ve ever received: life itself.”  This message is highlighted as Tompkins sings, “You died within me/The boatmen came to sail me down the river/Bind me up with visions of a blind man/I operate this way/Turn nothing into gold/Death on such an ugly day/You dine like a king on top of the world.”  This lead verse hints at Tompkins’ statement of “ourselves” being “lead into conflict and inner turmoil” and the ease of overlooking “life itself.”  It is illustrated even more distinctly as he sings in the song’s second verse, “You show us all/That forgiveness is the weakest call/And now revenge against that grudge inside your tiny head/Remove the crown of absolution/Let the retribution fly/The king has all/The king has all/But words can kill and main and take their toll/And you massacre my dreams at night/And eat away at every thought/Until we take control/The king has all/Totalitarian and carnivore.”  That final statement, “you massacre my dreams at night/and eat away at every thought/until we take control” is critical because it would seem that is Tompkins stressing that the history repeating itself will continue until we do something to keep it from continuing.  As he noted in the song’s chorus that it is possible to take that control and say to those forces, “They’re taking away the freedom/To be just you/But the sun always shines for you/They’re taking away the freedom to be just you/You’d kill to find me/But the crown above my head is deadly.”  That is someone finally taking control and realizing the ultimate gift, which leads ultimately to stopping that proverbial cycle of violence.  The manner in which Tompkins’ presented the overall message is so powerful in its own right.  When it is coupled with the equally powerful impact of the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make perfectly clear why this single is one more example of Sonder’s overall strength.  It still is not the last of the album’s most integral compositions, either. ‘Mirror Image’ is one more of the album’s most notable entries.

‘Mirror Image,’ is so notable in part because of its own musical arrangement, just as with the previously discussed songs.  Unlike those songs, this song’s arrangement is heavy because it is not heavy.  Rather, it is a very reserved, contemplative arrangement.  The coupling of the piano, guitars, drums and bass give this song a distinctly ethereal feel, especially in the song’s opening moments.  Even in the arrangement’s more powerful moments, there is still a noticeable reservation that creates its own power here.  The contrast of that feeling to that of the song’s softer moments creates a powerful whole that makes it easily comparable to works from Leprous.  That stark contrast from ‘King’ and ‘Luminary’ yet powerful musical statement in itself does plenty to make this song so strong.  The song’s lyrical content adds to its power.  That is because it presents what seems like a rather familiar topic in the issue of relationships.

The seeming topic of a relationship is inferred as Tompkins sings here, “I’m half crazy/Searching for the sight of you/Hoping that you’d pull me through/The hand of God/you forced me to/I’m half crazy/Longing for the love of you/Begging on my knees to you/Weeping for the honest truth.”  This is only a glimpse into the song’s lyrical content that leads one to believe this song centers on the familiar topic of relationships.  The song’s final verse finds Tompkins singing, “I’ve been dreaming/Love is not an endless thing/Anxious to ignore our feelings/Love is not an endless thing.”  Taking these lines into consideration with the previously noted lines, one has to think that there is little chance this song could, lyrically, be centered on anything but the matter of relationships.  That doubt is lessened even more as Tompkins sings, “Lightning struck into a mirror image of the truth/It keeps me awake/the stars begin to fall/A meditation to absolve/It keeps me awake.  Even in the song’s opening verse, Tompkins sings of seeing “an image of it all” as if to say he sees the bigger picture of his thoughts.  It all comes together.  Keeping this in mind, Tompkins has again found a powerful (and original) way to take on an all too familiar topic.  Considering this along with the power and originality expressed in the other songs noted here, the whole of these songs does plenty to show why Sonder is another strong effort from TesseracTThat is not to discount the other songs not noted here, either.  Each of the album’s other songs does its own part in supporting the noted statement, too.  Keeping this in mind, not only does Sonder prove to be another strong effort from TesseracT, but an other album that is fully deserving of being called another of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

TesseracT’s latest full-length studio recording Sonder may only boast eight songs and run for a total run time of 36 minutes, but over the course of that time, it proves to be another recording proving that TesseracT is one of the elite acts in metal’s next generation.  On that same note, it is a n album that proves both musically and lyrically to be, without doubt, one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Sonder is available online now along with all of TesseracT’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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TesseracT Debuts Powerful New ‘King’ Video

Courtesy: Kscope records

TesseracT continues to build anticipation for its next album, Sonder.

The band debuted the video for its latest single, ‘King‘ this past Friday, March 16.  Shot in Wisconsin and co-directed by Kyle Kadow and Steven Cleaveland, the video is a deeply unsettling illustration of the song’s theme, which front man Daniel Tompkins explained centers on needing to simply remind ourselves of simply being alive.

“Far too often, we find ourselves lead into conflict and inner turmoil.  Life is surely a battle, history has a bad habit of repeating itself, and when living with the constraints of an onerous life, it’s easy to overlook the greatest gift we’ve ever received: life itself,” Tompkins said.

Considering the depth of that theme and the manner in which it was illustrated here, it should be noted that viewer discretion is heavily advised, though the video does have a happy ending.  The getting there is the hard part.

Sonder is scheduled to be released April 20 via KScope.  It will be available on separate CD, 2CD and digital.  Vinyl pressings will also be available.

Pre-orders are open now.  Audiences who pre-order the album now will get an instant grat download of ‘King’ and ‘Luminary,’ the album’s lead single.  ‘Luminary’ is streaming online now here.

Sonder‘s full track listing is noted below.

SONDER TRACK LISTING:
“Luminary”
“King”
“Orbital”
“Juno”
“Beneath My Skin”
“Mirror Image”
“Smile”
“The Arrow”

TesseracT will tour in support of Sonder this spring starting April 19 in in Boston, MA.  The band’s tour is currently scheduled to run through May 24 in New York City. A handful of summer festival shows in Europe between May 26 and July 28 and European dates from Nov. 9 to Nov. 25 follow all of those dates.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

TESSERACT ON TOUR:
North America With Plini + Astronoid:

4/19 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
4/20 — Philadelphia, PA — TLA
4/21 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Sound Stage
4/22 — Greensboro, NC — Arizona Pete’s
4/24 — Tampa, FL — Orpheum
4/25 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade
4/27 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
4/28 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
4/29 — San Antonio, TX — Alamo City Music Hall
5/1 — Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine Theater
5/2 — Phoenix, AZ — Club Red
5/3 — Los Angeles, CA — Regent
5/4 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
5/5 — Berkeley, CA — The UC Theatre
5/7 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theatre
5/8 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
5/9 — Vancouver, BC — Rickshaw Theater
5/11 — Edmonton, AB — Starlite
5/12 — Calgary, AB — Marquee
5/14 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
5/15 — Denver, CO — Summit
5/16 — Lawrence, KS — Granada
5/18 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway
5/19 — Chicago, IL — Metro
5/20 — Detroit, MI — Majestic
5/22 — Toronto, ON — Opera House
5/23 — Montreal, QC — Club Soda
5/24 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza

SUMMER FESTIVALS:
5/26 — Monthey, CH — Irreversible Festival
6/8 — Donington, UK — Download Festival
6/22 — 6/24 — Dessel, BE — Graspop Festival
6/22 — 6/24 — Clisson, FR — Hellfest
6/28-6/30 — Madrid, ESP — Caja Magica, Download Festival
7/22 — 7/28 — Tomlin, SL — Metal Days Festival

EUROPEAN DATES
With Between The Buried and Me + Plini

11/9 — Cologne, DE — Live Music Hall
11/10 — Nijmegen, NL — Doornroosje
11/11 — Vosselaar, BE — Biebob
11/12 — Paris, FR — Le Trabendo
11/13 — Aschaffenburg, DE — Colos-Saal
11/14 — Hamburg, DE — Gruenspan
11/15 — Copenhagen, DK — Pumpehuset
11/16 — Oslo, NO — Parkteatret
11/17 — Stockholm, SE — Kägelbanan
11/19 — Berlin, DE — Lido
11/20 — Stuttgart, DE — Im Wizemann
11/21 — Vienna, AT — Flex
11/22 — Munich, DE — Backstage
11/23 — Aarau, CH — Kiff
11/24 — Parma, IT — Campus Industry
11/25 — Esch, LU — Rockhal

More dates will be announced.  Tickets for the shows are available now here.

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TesseracT Releases New LP Info, Lead Single; Announces Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Kscope records

The wait is almost over for TesseracT’s new album.

The band announced Thursday that its next album, titled Sonder, will be released April 20, 2018 via Kscope Records, which has previously only released the band’s music overseas.  In anticipation of its release, the band has also debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Luminary.’  Front man Daniel Tompkins explained the song’s concept in a recent interview as “conceptually exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance, which ties into the overall theme and meaning behind Sonder.

Sonder will be released on CD and 2CD deluxe edition and vinyl platform.  The deluxe 2CD edition will feature a bonus binaural while the vinyl presentation will be available in variety of color pressings.  There will even be a picture disc release for the album that will be available only via the band’s website.

Bassist Amos Williams explained in a recent interview the importance of the album’s binaural presentation.

“The concept is to push past the restrictions of a stereo headphone mix and create an accurate ‘3D’ space in which positioning outside of the normal Left Right axis can occur,” Williams said.  “This is something that every artist that uses in ear monitors on stage wishes to recreate; the real and accurate positioning of instruments. We immediately felt that this technology could be applicable to us in the studio. TesseracT loves to bring what it does in the studio to the stage, but this time it’s experimenting with bringing a live element to the studio.”

Sonder‘s track listing is noted below.  Pre-orders are open now here.

SONDER TRACK LISTING:
“King”
“Orbital”
“Juno”
“Beneath My Skin”
“Mirror Image”
“Smile”
“The Arrow”

 

Courtesy: Kscope Records

In anticipation of Sonder‘s release, TesseracT has announced a new string of live dates in support of the album.  The band’s tour is currently scheduled to launch April 19 in Boston, MA and to run through May 24 in New York City.  The five-week-long tour also includes stops in Detroit, MI; Portland, OR; Greensboro, N.C. and many other cities.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.  Plini and Astronoid will serve as support for the tour.  Tickets go on sale Feb. 9 on the band’s tour page.

TESSERACT ON TOUR:
4/19 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
4/20 — Philadelphia, PA — TLA
4/21 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Sound Stage
4/22 — Greensboro, NC — Arizona Pete’s
4/24 — Tampa, FL — Orpheum
4/25 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade
4/27 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
4/28 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
4/29 — San Antonio, TX — Alamo City Music Hall
5/1— Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine
5/2 — Phoenix, AZ — Club Red
5/3 — Los Angeles, CA — Regent
5/4 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
5/5 — Berkeley, CA — The UC Theatre
5/7 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theatre
5/8 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
5/9 — Vancouver, BC — Rickshaw Theater
5/11 — Edmonton, AB — Starlite
5/12 — Calgary, AB — Marquee
5/14 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
5/15 — Denver, CO — Summit
5/16 — Lawrence, KS — Granada
5/18 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway
5/19 — Chicago, IL — Metro
5/20 — Detroit, MI — Majestic
5/22 — Toronto, ON — Opera House
5/23 — Montreal, QC — Club Soda
5/24 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza

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TesseracT Debuts New Single, Video; Launches New Live Schedule

Tesseract is back.

The U.K.-based progressive metal outfit unveiled its new single ‘Smile’ and its companion lyric video this week.  The previously unreleased song was recorded at 4D Studios in Brighton and Celestial Sound Studios in Notts, UK, and produed by Acle Kahney early this spring.

Tesseract Smile Video Grab

The band described the new song as “its most collaborative track in recent years,” with its vocals playing an integral part in bringing it to life. The band’s members added the song’s bass line strengthened the song even more by serving as the backbone for its chorus.

Vocalist Daniel Tompkins explained the lyrical concept behind the song is somewhat metaphysical.

“Lyrically, ‘Smile’ carries a strong and forward sense of irony as we explore the darkest side of the human condition,” Tompkins said.  “The song will witness the manifestation of an ‘entity.’ Consciousness survives through constant manipulation only to propagate pessimism and hopelessness.  Our entity observes, consumes and evolves, bearing witness to human existence, mimicking our presence in colossal form.”

Bassist Amos Williams expanded on Tompkins’ thoughts, saying the song, in its current form, is just one example of what audiences can expect from the band’s next, in-the-works album.

“We chose this track as although it is part of a greater theme, and is in fact toward the end of a story arc, it stands alone very well,” Williams said.  “We have a solid idea of where we would like to take this track on the next album as it is no way finished.  It is merely one step in a journey.”

Williams went on to discuss his own part in the song’s creation, saying a lot of time and thought was put into the bass’ line as it worked with the rest of the song.

“The verses and choruses stand very far apart from each other,” Williams said.  “There is a tension we wished to build through a minimalist approach, with small phrases that repeat against accompanying parts of different lengths.  These undulate, seemingly getting lost against the non-conventional phrasing of the drums.  All this is nothing new to TesseracT fans, but this time we have really looked to align the lyrical and musical messages.”

Courtesy: Atom Splitter PR

The band’s release this week of ‘Smile’ and its companion video was intentionally timed, as the band has hit the road on a new string of live dates with Megadeth and Meshuggah.  The bands’ tour launched June 23 in Big Flats, NY, and currently runs through July 11 in Pittsburg, PA.  TesseracT also has its own string of headlining dates lined up from July 1 to July 13.  TesseracT’s current live schedule is noted below.

WITH MEGADETH + MESHUGGAH
6/23 Big Flats, NY – Tags Summerstage
6/25 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
6/27 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
6/28 Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavillion
6/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
6/30 Columbus, OH – Express Live
7/07 Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena
7/08 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
7/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Centre
7/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEHEADLINE:
7/01/17 – Indianapolis IN – The Emerson Theater
7/05/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
7/06/17 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
7/12/17 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room

7/13/17 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Grill

‘Smile’ can be purchased or streamed online now here.  More information on ‘Smile’ is available online now along with all of TesseracT’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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