TesseracT- One


March 30, 2011 by Dan Swinhoe

So Djent. Leading light for the next step in 21st Century metal or a clever use of PR to get maximum exposure for TesseracT’s debut album, One?

While I may be cynical and the word count for Djent pieces has gone through the roof in the last couple months (everyone from The Guardian to Terrorizer have devoted space to it) and it does seem to coincide very well, there is something impressive happening in the underground.

Opener Lament is a testament to that. Beautiful, melodic, heavy and technical as hell all within the space of five minutes. Daniel Tompkins vocals are impressive, hauntingly soft yet alb to scream and bark in the same breath. One song in and the hype seems justified.

For those not in the know, Djent is based on the scary and technical sounds of Meshuggah and Devin Townsend, with things like Polyrhythmic drum patterns and more strings on a guitar than most people have teeth. If it didn’t have such a cool name Technical Metalcore or Melodic technical death metal have been thrown around.

First single Nascent fits the bill just right. A loud/quiet dynamic, dark and brooding with a heavy atmosphere. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, much like the rest of the album. The songs rarely stay still long enough to let you settle down, but the songs never feel cluttered.

From having such a narrow set of idols to take influence from, a lot of Djent bands sound very similar to one another, but Tesseract have two very useful elements in their favour: Great forward-thinking songwriting and a genuinely talented vocalist.

Tompkins melodies follow in a similar vein to Linkin Park or Deftones, but his ability to show his whole range without a second thought is impressive. The amount of great British vocalists coming through right now is a great thing to see.

Anyone unfamiliar to this band will be impressed, long-time fans might be disappointed with the tracklisting. The entire of the last years Concealing Fate E.P. is present on the album, book-ended by new tracks. It seems a bit lazy but exposes more people to the older material and shows how the band have already progressed in such a short space of time.

Acceptance and The Impossible, along with the rest of the E.P. are just as complicated and accessible as the newer tracks, and every other track has potential for a single. It feels familiar in the Nu-Metal and more Post-hardcore elements but lets loose with time changes and the musical ability that the Fred Dursts, Chester Beddingfields and Gerrard Ways could never reach.

For a debut album its hard to ask for much more. It’s not perfect, the melody is piled on thick on the last couple of tracks, and while the soaring notes and guitar work go nicely, it loses the sense of urgency that draws you in at the start.

iTunes bonus track Hollow is worth tracking down if you buy this on CD. It’s another impressive mix of melody and frantic drumming that should have been included on every version.

TesseracT have a lot of potential: To make great music now, and even better music in the future, to sell shiploads of records, and maybe even lead the Djent movement into the mainstream and start something special. As a rule you shouldn’t believe the hype, but Tesseract are something that might live up to it.


Original at: http://www.streetnortheast.com/music/album-reviews/tesseract-one/


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9 thoughts on “TesseracT- One

  1. […] biggest event for the band since the release of their debut release One was vocalist Dan Tompkins leaving at the end of last summer. An integral part of the band, he left a […]

  2. […] the distance issue [Tompkins is based in Nottingham, UK] and record a full album,  something that TesseracT couldn’t manage with their new singer Elliot […]

  3. […] the distance issue [Tompkins is based in Nottingham, UK] and record a full album,  something that TesseracT couldn’t manage with their new singerElliot […]

  4. […] I was very much motivated to do so after seeing the first round of live bootleg videos of him with TesseracT.  (Gargantuan thanks to the Russian fans who uploaded those!)  As for why, he simply had all the […]

  5. […] I was very much motivated to do so after seeing the first round of live bootleg videos of him with TesseracT.  (Gargantuan thanks to the Russian fans who uploaded those!)  As for why, he simply had all the […]

  6. […] O’Hara and produced another corker in Altered State. Though not as heavy as previous effort, One, it’s more progressive and expansive, and features saxophone. What more could you want from a […]

  7. […] I had the opportunity to direct one video for TesseracT from UK, and one for Gods of Eden from […]

  8. […] I had the opportunity to direct one video for TesseracT from UK, and one for Gods of Eden from […]

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