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Tesseract live at Tuska Open Air 2013
|Origin||Milton Keynes, England, UK|
|Past members||Julien Perier
Tesseract (often stylized as TesseracT) are a British progressive metal band from Milton Keynes, England. The band, formed in 2003, consists of Daniel Tompkins (lead vocals), Alec "Acle" Kahney (lead guitar & producer), James Monteith (rhythm guitar), Amos Williams (bass, backing vocals), and Jay Postones (drums, percussion). The band is currently signed to Kscope. They are credited as one of the bands to pioneer the djent movement in progressive metal. As of 2015, Tesseract have released three studio albums: One, Altered State, and Polaris, as well as a live album, Odyssey/Scala, and the extended plays Concealing Fate, Perspective and Errai.
- 1 History
- 2 Musical style
- 3 Awards and nominations
- 4 Band members
- 5 Discography
- 6 Videography
- 7 Tours and festivals
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early years (2003–2009)
Tesseract started out in 2003 while founding member Acle Kahney was recording and writing with his band Mikaw Barish. French vocalist Julien Perier supplied vocals during Tesseract's early stages, but the logistical difficulties of distance meant that he could not join the band permanently. After their first full lineup was realised, Tesseract began playing live shows and compiling material for their debut album; they released a four-song demo in 2007 containing parts of what would eventually become their debut album One.
In 2009, original lead vocalist Abisola Obasanya left the band. He was replaced by Daniel Tompkins; Acle had come into contact with him having assisted with the production on his previous band First Signs of Frost's album Atlantic. The band reworked the album's songs with Tompkins, moving towards a 2010 release. Just before beginning first major tours, Tesseract released Concealing Fate, a six-track suite which forms the centrepiece of their debut album, One, which was released on 22 March 2011. Later that year, Tesseract toured throughout the UK in support of One with openers Chimp Spanner and Uneven Structure, and also performed at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth.
Perspective EP (2011–2012)
On 20 August 2011, rumors began spreading that vocalist Daniel Tompkins had left the band, as Tesseract were seen performing with a different vocalist during a gig at the Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes. This was confirmed by the band a few days later on 23 August, when they introduced Elliot Coleman as the band's new vocalist. Daniel Tompkins went on to sing for the progressive metal band Skyharbor and the pop rock band In Colour.
In September 2011 an instrumental version of One was digitally released and in October 2011 both the original and the instrumental versions were released on vinyl as a double LP.
During early 2012 Tesseract worked on an acoustic EP inspired by the radio acoustic session they played in Brooklyn, New York a year before. This came to be known as Perspective and it was released on 25 May 2012.
Altered State (2012–2014)
On 12 June 2012, Tesseract announced that Coleman had amicably left the band: On 7 September 2012 the band announced that they had found their yet-unnamed new vocalist and would release the single "Nocturne" on 12 October. A series of shows in Europe were also announced, including a performance at Euroblast Festival. It was later revealed that the new singer was Ashe O'Hara. Tesseract issued a short statement about the new vocalist on their website.
On 28 February 2013, the band unveiled a release date for Altered State, and a full track listing of the album. The album is a 51-minute continuous piece divided into four large sections (Of Matter, Of Mind, Of Reality, Of Energy), each of which contains several tracks. On 30 April "Singularity" was aired on BBC Radio 1's Rock show, and has been released on their SoundCloud account.
During a phone interview with Metal Injection, Williams stated that the band would be going on tour in the US during the summer of 2013 and touring Europe in late 2013.
Odyssey/Scala and Polaris (2014–present)
On 27 June 2014, it was announced that Tesseract had parted ways with vocalist Ashe O'Hara, with Dan Tompkins rejoining the band as vocalist and leaving Skyharbor. On 18 May 2015, Tesseract released Odyssey/Scala, their first live DVD and album compilation.
Shortly after Daniel Tompkins reunited with the band, writing and recording for a third studio album began with the band making frequent updates on social media of the band in studio tracking multiple instruments. Tesseract's official Facebook page released a video teaser for the new album titled Polaris on 10 July 2015. They also released album art and a release date of 18 September 2015. A full album stream was uploaded to YouTube by Kscope Music on 15 September 2015. In November 2015 the band toured in support of the new album, the opening bands included The Contortionist, ERRA and Skyharbor.
On June 23 2017, Tesseract released a new single and music video - "Smile." Several band members, including Acle Kahney and Amos Williams, have acknowledged that the single is not yet complete, and will be worked on further before being released on a future album. According to Amos on Kscope's website, "We have a solid idea of where we would like to take this track on the next album as it is in no way finished."
Tesseract plays a specific style of progressive metal which often features polyrhythmic riffs and odd time signatures, and several atmospheric layers. The band has stated that they do not compose their music with specific polyrhythms in mind and play what they feel fits the groove. They also include a mid-range sounding distorted guitar tone and melodic clean passages heavily influenced by ambient music.They also play in the style of the subgenre djent pioneered by Meshuggah. The vocal style of the band has seen a considerable shift. On One, Daniel Tompkins employed a mixture of clean and harsh vocals, with an emphasis on long, drawn out notes. However, Ashe O'Hara's performances on Altered State dropped the harsh vocals entirely in favour of a more melodic style, with an emphasis on strong melodic "hooks". In an interview with Metalspree, Ashe stated, "...right now, being ourselves is to have purely melodic vocals. With ‘One’ they felt they had to have harsh vocals in order to be accepted by the community. But, they’ve never really wanted to be that type of band."
In his interview with Metal Injection, Amos Williams stated that the decision to drop harsh vocals entirely from future material was an unconscious collective decision by the band and this made the search for a new vocalist extremely hard; his explanation was that many vocalists with an all clean style do not want to live the "metal" lifestyle of regular touring, or do not enjoy metal music enough to want to take part in a band in Tesseract's style. While Altered State did not feature any harsh vocals whatsoever, Polaris sparingly makes use of harsh vocals on the songs Messenger and Cages.
Throughout their career, the band have produced, mixed and mastered all their material themselves: Williams is a qualified audio engineer and Acle Kahney has carried out production, mixing and mastering work for several other progressive metal bands.
Amos Williams stated in an interview that Tesseract's music is relatively reliant on the bass in comparison to other metal bands: he states that "[The bass] is always on its own little shelf" in the music and that during the production process "We left a lot of room for there to be sub and actual bass stuff going on".
Awards and nominations
|2011||"One"||Golden Gods Award for Best New Band||Nominated|
|2012||"One"||Progressive Music Award for New Blood||Won
|2013||"Altered State"||Progressive Music Award for Album of the Year||Nominated|
- Odyssey/Scala (2015)
- TesseracT (2007)
- "Nascent" (2011)
- "Nocturne" (radio edit) (2012)
- "Singularity" (radio edit) (2013)
- "Messenger" (2015)
- "Survival" (2015)
- "Smile" (2017)
- Deception (Concealing Fate Part 2) (2010)
- Nascent (2011)
- Concealing Fate Live (2011)
- Eden (2011)
- Singularity (2013)
- Nocturne (2013)
- Of Matter Live (2014)
- Survival (2015)
- Hexes (2016)
Tours and festivals
- Bloodstock-Open-Air, UK 2008
- Caos Emergente, Portugal 2008
- Hammerfest, UK 2009
- Hellfire II, UK 2009
- Headline UK Tour (Instrumental tour playing the Concealing Fate EP), UK 2010
- The Devin Townsend Project US Tour, N. America 2010
- Great Indian Rock Festival, India 2010
- The League Of Extraordinary Djentlemen Tour with Periphery and Monuments, UK 2011
- Scurrilous Tour With Protest The Hero & Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, N. America 2011
- Sonisphere UK On the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage, Knebworth, England 2011
- The League Of Extraordinary Djentlemen Tour with Periphery, Australia 2011
- Lowering The Tone Tour with Chimp Spanner and Uneven Structure, UK 2011
- Euroblast Festival Vol.7 Germany, 2011
- Saints & Sinners Tour with Between The Buried And Me and Animals As Leaders – N. America 2011
- Euroblast Festival Vol.8 Germany, 2012
- The Epic Industrialist Tour with The Devin Townsend Project and Fear Factory - Europe 2012
- HRH Prog festival - UK 2013
- European tour with Periphery and Syqem - Europe 2013
- Takedown 2013 - UK 2013
- Altered State Release Tour with The Algorithm and Enochian Theory - UK 2013
- Tuska Open Air Festival, Helsinki, Finland - UK 2013
- Tech Fest Headline, Peterborough - UK 2013
- Ireland tour supporting Lamb of God, Dublin & Belfast - UK 2013
- Macmillan Festival headline, Nottingham - UK 2013
- Altered State release tour w/ Monuments and Skyharbor - RU 2013
- Katatonia/Cult Of Luna North American tour - US 2013
- Altered State Of Matter North American tour w/Scale the Summit and Anciients - 2013
- Altered State Of Matter tour, Mexico - C. America 2013
- Asymmetry release tour supporting Karnivool - UK 2013
- TesseracT India Exclusive - India 2013
- Soundwave Festival - AU 2014
- Trondheim Metal Fest, Norway - March 2014
- Altered State Of Mind North American Tour with Intronaut and Cloudkicker - 2014
- Sonisphere 2014
- Download Festival 2016
- Resurrection Fest - Spain 2016
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