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TesseracT - Concealing Fate CD (album) cover




Progressive Metal

4.14 | 41 ratings

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4 stars Tight, Emotional Djent

While I'd heard Tesseract a few times on internet radio, like Conor, it was not until seeing the band open for Devin Townsend that I decided to dive in. I had already dipped myself firmly into the djent vat of molten metal, so I was prepared for the overall sound. But unlike so many bands doing this ultra-technical, mathematical style, Tesseract grooves. How does one groove in 15/8 or other random odd time signatures? Imagine a movie scene where a body convulses as it's shot with bullets coming from multiple directions. As Tesseract played, this was the feeling I got in my spine. I wanted to move, but to even call that movement "dance" would be off.

But without a doubt Tesseract makes the listener want to move. Through demos and internet exposure, buzz has been growing for awhile about the band. The small djent fanbase has been slobbering for an album for some time. With CONCEALING FATE, the band almost delivers what the fans wanted. At EP length of 27 minutes, they've delivered a great taste of their sound without overdiluting. The work is essentially a six-part single composition that runs continuously. The band moves a variety of moods and textures, but maintain coherence quite well.

Besides being the grooviest djent band I've heard, Tesseract has one of the better vocalists in the genre. Dan Tompkins has a very good melodic sense and shows us a very broad variety of vocal sounds. My biggest beef with this style of music is its association with metalcore, and Tompkins certainly delivers his share of -core vocals. But he also sings melodically a la Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria and we even get some nice harmonic sections. He was energetic and gratious on stage, and in fact the band was just really easy to like live. Despite the massive complexity of the music, they seemed humble and hardworking.

Bottom Line: One of the best works available in djent.

Negoba | 4/5 |


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