Sonder (album)

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Sonder
Sonder - Tesseract.jpg
Studio album by Tesseract
Released 20 April 2018
Recorded 2017
Studio 4D Sound (Milton Keynes, UK); Celestial Sound (Chicago, IL)
Genre Progressive metal, djent
Length 36:24
Label Kscope
Producer
  • Aiden O’Brien
  • Tesseract
Tesseract chronology
Errai
(2016)Errai2016
Sonder
(2018)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Injection8.5/10 stars[3]
Metal Storm8.0/10[4]
Exclaim!8/10[5]

Sonder is the fourth studio album by English progressive metal band, Tesseract. It was released on 20 April 2018 through Kscope, following Polaris (2015).

Tesseract began recording the album in 2017, releasing its first single, "Smile", on 23 June, with the intention of reworking it for Sonder.[6] The album's lead single, "Luminary", was released on 8 February 2018, the same day the album was announced.[7]

Background[edit]

Sonder features a live choir produced and conducted by Randy Slaugh

Sonder marks Tesseract's first consecutive release with the same vocalist, Daniel Tompkins, who first appeared on their debut studio album, One (2011), and later, Polaris. A concept album, Sonder was described by Tompkins as "exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance".[8] "Smile" was released by the band on 23 June 2017, and was described as their "most collaborative track in recent times",[6] but was intended to be reworked and extended for the album.[8]

The album was originally announced on 8 February 2018, with the simultaneous release of its lead single, "Luminary",[7] and the music video for "King" (directed by Kyle Kadow and Steven Cleavland in Wisconsin) being released on 16 March.

For the first time, the band acquired the talents of a choir, produced and conducted by Randy Slaugh of White Moth Black Butterfly and recorded at Soularium Studios in the U.S. [9] [10]

Sonder is the band's shortest studio album at 36 minutes in length.[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Luminary"3:12
2."King"6:56
3."Orbital"2:19
4."Juno"5:12
5."Beneath My Skin"5:34
6."Mirror Image"5:47
7."Smile"4:47
8."The Arrow"2:37
Total length:36:24

Personnel[edit]

Tesseract[edit]

  • Acle Kahney – guitars
  • James Monteith – guitars
  • Jay Postones – drums
  • Daniel Tompkins – vocals
  • Amos Williams – bass, cover art

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Aidan O'Brien – production, engineering
  • Acle Kahney – mastering
  • Randy Slaugh – choir production, conducting

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 47
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 174
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 112
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 48
Scottish Albums (OCC)[18] 35
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 51
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 62
US Billboard 200[21] 198

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sonder - TesseracT | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  2. ^ Sonder by Tesseract, retrieved 2018-06-06 
  3. ^ "Album Review: TESSERACT Sonder". Metal Injection. 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  4. ^ RaduP (11 July 2018). "YOB - Our Raw Heart". Metal Storm. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  5. ^ Calum Singerland (2018-04-19). "Tesseract - Sonder". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2018-07-29. 
  6. ^ a b "Kscope | TesseracT release "Smile" – the new single and lyric video". www.kscopemusic.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  7. ^ a b "TESSERACT To Release 'Sonder' Album In April". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  8. ^ a b "Kscope | TesseracT". www.kscopemusic.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  9. ^ http://everythingisnoise.net/features/behind-the-tesseract-sonder-choir-recording-session-with-randy-slaugh/
  10. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/randy-slaugh-mn0002656808
  11. ^ "Sonder". burningshed.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  12. ^ Sonder by TesseracT on Apple Music, 2018-04-20, retrieved 2018-03-17 
  13. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Tesseract – Sonder" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tesseract – Sonder" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tesseract – Sonder" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Tesseract – Sonder" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Tesseract – Sonder". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Tesseract Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 May 2018.