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CD review TESSERACT "Sonder"

Veröffentlicht am 22. April 2018 von Markus W. in TesseracT, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, News, Modern Metal, KSCOPE, CD Review, Alternative Metal

CD review TESSERACT "Sonder"

(8/10) TesseracT from Milton Keys, UK worked hard over the last months to get their forth album ready to be shipped to the record stores. April 20th this year will be the day when "Sonder" will be released and it's another well-crafted piece of work.

The fourth delivery of British riff architects features eight songs with some being more cinematic interludes while others are longer masterpieces of progressive metal music. The opener "Luminary" kicks-off the longplayer with an ease. The song starts calmer before it evolves to a modern prog-rocker that comes round the corner very well.

"King" is next and things start to get longer. Seven minutes of multi-layered metal power is what you get to hear. The track has an oppressive vibe esp. due to the strong bass line that's weaved in. The darker vibe with some powerful screams breaks due to some more silent sections that create an exciting mixture of aggressiveness and peaceful elements. Tesseract creates some arcs of suspense that are thrilling.

A soulful moment is entitled "Orbital" which is a harmonic bridge towards "Juno", the next longer tune on "Sonder". Downtuned guitars start the song that belongs to the heaviest ones on this excellent longplayer. With an almost funky approach TesseracT spices-up this well-done masterpiece that's booming from beginning to end.

The pattern of a loud and calm interplay comes back with "Beneath My Skin" before "Mirror Image" takes over the scene with some atmospheric keyboard sounds. The track doesn't belong to the loudest ones on "Sonder". Actually it's mainly the opposite with TesseracT showing the soulful aspect of their music. There are some heavy outburst though, but those are more the pepperoni on the pizza. Loundess slowly returns with the raging "Smile" with its complex rhythmic approach before it's up to "The Arrow" to close a challenging but also exciting album that proves the fact that complex music can be thrilling for non-musicians too.

"Sonder" is the next cornerstone in TesseracT's musical career. These guys have great musical skills, are real craftsmen of progressive music and have a really good sense for melodies at command. This album is definitely to recommend and listening to it as for sure no waste of time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Luminary
  2. King
  3. Orbital
  4. Juno
  5. Beneath My Skin
  6. Mirror Image
  7. Smile
  8. The Arrow

 

Label: KSCOPE

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: April 20th, 2018

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CD review TESSERACT "Polaris"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Tesseract, Prog Rock, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(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. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dystopia
  2. Hexes
  3. Survival
  4. Tourniquet
  5. Utopia
  6. Phoenix
  7. Messenger
  8. Cages
  9. Seven Names

 

Label: Kscope

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: September 18th, 2015

CD review TESSERACT "Polaris"
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