(8/10) Tesseract is a four-dimensional analog of a cube. Sounds comlicated. I guess it is, but I also think that it describes the music of UK-based TesseracT pretty good. The British prog rockers started not too far back in time. It was in 2007 when the guys founded the band and in the meantime they released only two albums. When it comes to the guys from Milton Keynes, England it's more about quality instead of quantity.
The new masterpiece of the quintet is called "Polaris"; a longplayer that comes with eight new multilayered tracks. With this album the guys from the UK take a next step when it comes to developing their sound. What found a start on "One" continued on "Altered State" for hitting a new climax on "Polaris".
TesseracT comes again with technically very demanding songs that asks a lot of capability of the guys. That they have those in their repetoire is beyond any doubt.
What makes the difference on "Polaris" is the fact that TesseracT adds a bigger melodic compontent to their music. This makes the songs easier to approach and opens up the bands sound also to non-tech fans. I was reminded in parts to Tool as well as to the earlier Police.
"Polaris" has burned tunes like "Hexes" on this longplayer. It's an example for progressive soundscapes that includes great keyboards. The number is kept in a moderate pace by getting a boit louder in the chorus. The next tune, "Survival", follows the same principles by being a bit heavier. This mix between fragile moment and heavy sounds feels all very organic. TesseracT doesn' force this interplay. It just happens and the songs are completely rounded.
Tracks like the opener "Dystopia" and the short "Messenger" are well placed counterparts where the noisy side of TesseracT gets more attention. Good stuff too.
"Polaris" is the best album of TesseracT so far. It's a record that makes appetite for more and I strongly assume, no, I'm sure, there will be more in the coming months.
- Seven Names
Genre: Prog Metal
Release Date EU: September 18th, 2015