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Founded in Milton Keynes, UK in 2003 (until 2007 Acle Kahney solo)

TesseracT are a Progressive Metal Band from England that began in 2003 initially intended as a solo project by guitarist Acle Kahney. The band now consists of Dan Tompkins - Vocals, Acle Kahney - Guitars, James Monteith - Guitars, Jay Postones - Drums and Amos Williams - Bass & Vocals.

Following the release of their 2007 Demo they received glowing praise from the media. Soon after, the track Lament was featured on Metal Hammer's November 2009 issue cover CD. They soon set about writing and recording their debut One, initially to be released in 2010 it has now been delayed until 2011 after the band signed to the label Century Media.

In the meantime they have scheduled the release of an EP Concealing Fate a 27 minute epic on October 12th 2010. They have also been invited by Devin Townsend to join him on his headline tour of the US and Canada in Oct/Nov 2010.

The band are renowned for their odd time signatures and musical complexity. The band suggests that Far from being purely a tech metal band they fully embrace their experimental, prog sensibility without excessive indulgence or pretentiousness, delivering atmospheric, metallic songs that stir strong emotions and evoke powerful mental images.

Bio written by progmetalhead 2.9.2010

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TESSERACT top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 111 ratings
3.84 | 196 ratings
Altered State
3.64 | 64 ratings
3.54 | 26 ratings

TESSERACT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

TESSERACT Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.15 | 11 ratings
Odyssey / Scala

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TESSERACT Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.23 | 11 ratings
Demo 2007
4.11 | 42 ratings
Concealing Fate
3.68 | 22 ratings
3.33 | 9 ratings


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 Concealing Fate by TESSERACT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
4.11 | 42 ratings

Concealing Fate
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by Luqueasaur

3 stars Does it dj0nt? Oh hell yeah. But... that's all it does: 6.5/10

(Please take in consideration that I refer selectively to the most mainstream metal acts when I say 'prog metal', and not to the genre as an entirety, which I recognize is FAR too varied, and honestly, prog metal more of an umbrella term than anything else.)

I have an antipathy for the modern mainstrean prog metal scene. I feel acts differs little among themselves, all opting for a more or less homogeneous sonority that resembles metalcore which has NEVER been appealing to me. The boring choruses and uninteresting, similar vocals are my biggest pet peeves of many bands and many songs. Talking about djent specifically, it's hard for me to think of it as a legitimate genre because it has so few characteristics that make it different. Use of polyrhythms, distorted palm muted guitar riffs, and... let's call it a day, I guess? So, I opt to think of djent as an adjective rather than a subgenre.

My distaste for modern prog metal music (and djent) was rather unfounded though because I made very few scarce contacts with it. TesseracT particularly has always been judged by me as dull, the product of my ephemeral contact with its latest release, POLARIS. Assuming my tastes developed since then I was rather skeptical whether this judgment was fair, so to settle both issues - discover if my distaste for mainstream prog metal (and djent specifically) is reasonable & if Tesseract is truly boring - I decided to check the band's best work, CONCEALING FATE.

In many moments the EP contains exactly what I expected (and was afraid of): screaming, harsh (uninspired) singing that as the lad below me stated brings images of LINKIN PARK; blasts of distorted guitar; and occasional acoustic parts that, for as much as they tried, lacked emotion. It wasn't nearly as insufferable to go through them as I supposed it would, though.

Judging this to be a wasted effort and taking for granted that the music was offputting, a trait of djent I forgot that existed struck my ears: guitar breakdowns. There are many, and they are terrific. The parts those heavy technical distortion accompanied by intricate drumming arrived, my eyes popped wide open. When the vocals silence, the guitar shines and rules supreme with its fluid brutal complexity.

Act 1: Acceptance is forgettable. Act 2: Deception is when things start to become interesting, this section being the epicenter of the djenty breakdowns. Act 3: The Impossible is also generally uninteresting except for the last minute that features some spicy drumming. Act 4: Perfection starts to incorporate the technical riffs on the verse, making them interesting; also, the singer shifts to nicer clear vocals rather than the piss- poor screamo hitherto used. Act 5: Epiphany is by far the most complex section - polyrhythmic, heavy, highly technical, lacking vocals, vicious- and Act 6: Origin follows Act 4's clearer style.

As a metal act, TesseracT fails for me. Now, if I think of their specific 'djent' trait, I have to recognize that those guys deliver a fantastic EP. However, I find distressing when an album can only be classified good under specific conditions - "only as djent, but not as general metal". Is the music or only a specific trait of it genuinely good?

Well, this wave of djenty metal bands is worrisome. The blatant musical likeness depicts a lack of originality and innovation. Why stick to polyrhythmic and palm muted guitar riffs when so much amazing things can be done? I agree, it sounds pretty dope - and drew my attention -, but countless new groups are jumping on this bandwagon instead of unleashing their wings and embracing creativity, something maleficial for the (metal) genre as a whole.

CONCEALING FATE, individually, is accomplished. But, in a certain way, it's a symptom of the concealed fate of prog metal: a shift from being "prog" - music that expands the boundaries of metal - to being "technical" - mere repetition of complex riffs and structures - ; the usage of a formula, rather than the attempt of experimentation. If you brush those thoughts aside, however, the djenty headbang will be pretty pleasing.

(rather exceptionally, I opted to not use uppercase when referring to the band name)

 Polaris by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.64 | 64 ratings

TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

4 stars I just picked this up after a long time due to the average reviews and mediocre sentiment. I had Altered State, and thought it was a really good album, but this DJent style is not my favorite to begin with. However, music is all about moods, and sometimes I really crave music like this. The quality of musicianship from Tesseract is evident from the start. They are a very talented group with a very unique sound. They seem to mix atmospheric sounds with heavy funk in the forefront of the DJent movement. Polaris is actually much better than I expected, and mine was bundled with the Errai EP for a total of 13 tracks. It may not be as good as Alterted State, but it is definitely different and deserving more of an evaluation on its own merits. It is an enjoyable listen, and features the original singer from the One era. If you enjoy DJent, Progressive Metal, or Tesseract, there is so much good music here to enjoy. They are so different from other Progressive Metal groups that it is easy to have them in a rotation for much needed variety.
 Altered State by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 196 ratings

Altered State
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Well, in the world of prog there had to come a moment when a band called Tesseract would write a song about Palingenesis. Anyway, this young British band's songs typically alternate between sections that are more atmospheric and dreamy and those with a wall of sound and odd stop-start rhythms, with a radio-friendly high-register vocal wailing over and a very prominent bass, and then when those counterpoints are combined. . Not your regular approach, I guess. Britain confirms its reputation as a place for forward-thinking prog metal nowdays. But this all songs built on the same techniques, it does get tedious. More surprises would be appreciated, but only in one song closer to the end was I pleasantly surprised when I heard some sax thrown in.
 Polaris by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.64 | 64 ratings

TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by crashandridemusic

3 stars For those not familiar with the band, TesseracT are a prestigious progressive metal act from England. Having gone through several different vocalists in their history, the band welcomed back singer Daniel Tompkins, who had sung in the band's first album "One," only to depart briefly from their second album "Altered State." I was introduced to TesseracT on the latter, so I was a little hesitant hearing of the vocalist change so early into my fandom. I remember first hearing the news of his return; All I can remember was everyone saying "it's going to be better," and "it's all for the best." Not knowing what "the best" was in the first place, I wasn't ready for change. Needless to say, I welcome Mr. Tompkins (back) to the fold with open arms.

What "Altered State" lacked in vocal energy, Tompkins revives in "Polaris." After hearing their latest album and replaying their prior album, I am suddenly aware of the lack of vocal drive in "Altered State." Although Ashe O'Hara is an amazing musician, his vocal style and delivery don't seem to match with what the remaining members of the band dish out. Tompkins' soaring vocals seem to resonate in my ears longer, lighting a fire from under me. Those screams sparsely present in "Polaris" were dearly missed, and should be met with applause when first belted out live. With each play, I am becoming more of a fan of his work, and hope he stays with the band for many years.

Being pioneers of the djent community, their music blends influences from several brands of metal and rock. Unfortunately, being a pioneer would also mean that they are unafraid to push the boundaries. When listening to the album, the saying "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" first comes to mind. As much as I loved the drastic difference between their brutal lows and beautiful highs, I felt like I've experienced this all before. It pains me to say it, but what "Altered State" lacked in its vocals, "Polaris" lacks in its orchestration. It's hard to criticize such a talented group of musicians. The production quality is phenomenal, the bass grooves by Amos Williams are heavy and intricate, and the drums fills by Jay Postones are downright delicious. So why is it that I feel indifferent? Could it be that I have no favorite song after a few listens? Or is it the familiarity of certain sections of songs, and how similar they are to previous albums? Your guess is as good as mine.

Maybe focusing on "Polaris" as its own album instead of comparing it to prior albums may give it the praise it deserves. From the opening notes, "Dystopia" bashes the listener with those chunky chords, and is definitely a contender for top honors. The first three songs could be considered as one continuing thought, being one of the most progressive attributes of this album. The whole second half feels like a collection of individual songs in comparison to the smooth transition between these three tracks. The two singles "Messenger" and "Survival" are easily the most radio- friendly, considering their familiarity and likelihood to route a new audience. The album also contains a couple softer tracks, including the atmospheric "Tourniquet" and the uplifting "Phoenix." Did I mention the rap section of "Utopia?" Yeah, Thompkins goes rogue on us metal fans with that unexpected vocal delivery to close the song. The album ends with the epic tracks "Cages" and "Seven Names," two songs that lean on the softer side, but still contain that classic TesseracT sound.

So what is my consensus on "Polaris"? I honestly don't think I even know. On one hand, it could be worthy of being nominated as one of the best albums of 2015. On the other hand, it's underwhelming compared to their prior releases. I have a feeling with repeated listens my appreciation for this album will increase, and so will yours.

Taken from Crash And Ride Music

 Polaris by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.64 | 64 ratings

TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by Mebert78

3 stars If there's one thing Tesseract proved with their new album Polaris, it's that the lineup that gave us Altered State was something special.

It's inevitable that Polaris would be compared to Altered State, the band's breakthrough album that was nominated for Prog magazine's 2013 Album of the Year. That album made the UK-based progressive metal band a group to watch in the genre, with vocalist Ashe O'Hara giving us addictive soaring melodies and poetic lyrics that had me analyzing the liner notes.

But a lot can change in a two-year span. O'Hara is no longer with the band due to apparent creative differences, which he revealed in a Facebook post announcement on June 27, 2014. He's been replaced by the band's original singer Daniel Tompkins, a very talented musician in his own right. Tompkins had appeared on Tesseract's debut album One in 2011 and has been involved in several other projects -- including Skyharbor's 2014 album, Guiding Lights.

With Polaris, Tesseract's chance to cement a spot among progressive metal's heavyweights is there for the taking. Great bands can follow up their breakthrough album with an album of equal or greater quality. For example, Queensr˙che released the impressive Empire in 1990 following Operation: Mindcrime, and Dream Theater released the breathtaking Awake in 1994 following Images and Words. Tesseract absolutely had its work cut out for itself to duplicate the brilliance of Altered State, but if any band has the talent to tackle the challenge, they do.

Unfortunately, Polaris misses the mark. That's not to say it isn't a good album (it is), or that new/old vocalist Tompkins can't sing his ass off (he can). "Survival" is pretty much a flawless song certainly worthy of radio play, and "Seven Names" climaxes with such intensity that it's hard to resist pumping a fist in the air and singing along as loud as possible with Tompkins. The music itself also sounds like classic Tesseract and the production is as crisp as it gets. Still, there's a certain magic missing. And since Tompkins is the sole change from Altered State, it's natural to single out him and wonder how O'Hara would've approached the songs.

The fan reaction to Tompkins is mixed -- with some revering his technical chops and others, like me, preferring the vocal choices of O'Hara. For example, one fellow fan from the Dream Theater Forums said he thinks Tompkins is a terrific singer, but the vocals on Altered State are just "so good" that he will always have a "what if" feeling with the band in regards to the singing. Another fan said Tompkins' voice just doesn't have the kind of texture that O'Hara has. "He's a decent singer, but there's not a lot of character there," she said. For me, the biggest difference between the two is that Tompkins sometimes sings in spots where I feel like O'Hara might've stayed silent over Tesseract's sound, and sometimes is silent in parts where I feel like O'Hara might've sang -- and it's hard to outdo O'Hara in that department.

If you're a fan of Tesseract and progressive metal in general, I definitely recommend Polaris -- but, even moreso, I recommend Odyssey: The Destroyer of Worlds, the recent debut album by O'Hara's new band Voices from The Fuselage. That album is likely my top release so far of 2015 and easily outshines Polaris. Despite that, Tesseract is one of the best and freshest bands in the prog genre today. They just don't further distinguish themselves with Polaris.

- Michael R. Ebert (

 Odyssey / Scala by TESSERACT album cover DVD/Video, 2015
4.15 | 11 ratings

Odyssey / Scala
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by Mebert78

4 stars There is no bigger fan of Tesseract's Altered State album than me. I saw the band twice after that album's release in 2013 -- once that fall in Brooklyn, and once the next year in Manhattan just prior to vocalist Ashe O'Hara's departure -- and to say I immensely enjoyed both shows is an understatement. The energy coming from both the band and crowd was insane. Needless to say, I was eager to relive some of the tour's magic -- and that's where this live CD/DVD, Odyssey/Scala, comes into play. It's the band's first live audio/video release.

As much as I looked forward to the album, I admit I was ready for a letdown for two reasons: 1) O'Hara, who had captivated me on Altered State, doesn't perform on this album as Daniel Tompkins has resumed his role as vocalist; 2) Century Media Records released a video clip, "Concealing Fate (Parts 2 and 3)," a month earlier on YouTube, and I found the editing to be rapid and disorienting. But I approached the release with an open mind. The DVD kicks off with the silhouette of band members as they take the dark stage at Scala, a night club and music venue in London where the footage was filmed on Nov. 6, 2014. And within seconds, the band explodes with an unexpected, yet awesome, opener: "Singularity." The band just continues to rip through their technically-complex catalog from there with surgical precision.

The past two years have been an important time for Tesseract with their popularity beginning to skyrocket due to the success of Altered State, which was nominated for Prog magazine's 2013 Album of the Year. This live CD/DVD captures the lineup in the midst of that upswing. It's akin to Dream Theater's "Live in Tokyo" VHS in 1993. You're seeing one of the next big progressive metal bands in their element after their breakthrough album. You're seeing the hunger of a young band, a crowd's passion for that band's innovative sound, and the band's desire to blow the balls off of everyone watching. It's something that can't be recaptured a few years from now. This is the moment. And Tesseract bottles it perfectly with Scala.

Yes, the editing is a little quick at times, but it's not as bad as I thought upon watching the clip online. In fact, I liked the camera angles. I felt like I'd viewed the show from every nook and cranny of Scala. One moment you're practically on top of the drum kit of Jay Postones, the next you're right alongside the fast fingers of guitarist Acle Kahney, then you're getting a glimpse of the bare feet of bassist Amos Williams. I also liked the high number of audience shots. Some concert videos often overlook the fans, which can give a sterile vibe. But not here. This captured the head banging, crowd surfing, and fist pumping of all in attendance.

My only complaints are the omission of "Exiled" and Tompkins' occasional use of falsetto on Altered State tracks in spots where O'Hara belted them at full strength. As an Altered State junkie, that's a no-no for me. But it seemed like it was only a stylistic choice by Tompkins, who showed in other tunes that he can hit high notes with the very best of them. He'd also performed with the theatrics and emotion of Geoff Tate, which is right up my alley. While I prefer O'Hara's voice, there's no doubt that Tompkins has a more polished stage presence.

The live CD is also just as on-point as the DVD. The band sounds terrific and you can even hear the crowd chant "one more song" at the end of the disc, which includes an assortment of performances throughout Europe and Russia in 2014. The album's digipak even features one particularly silly picture of the band all sitting on rocking chairs on a store's front porch. They're all straight-faced except for Postones, who is clutching a giant lollipop and smiling widely. It shows a refreshingly funny side of a band that makes some very serious music.

In closing, Odyssey/Scala is a must-have for any Tesseract fan. But, of course, what really matters is whether the band can continue their upswing on their next album later this year. It's going to be hard to top Altered State, but this band has the talent to achieve anything.

- Michael R. Ebert (

 Altered State by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 196 ratings

Altered State
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by k3no444

5 stars After scrolling through the long list of bands in attendance at Sonisphere, I came upon the band TesseracT. Before Sonisphere, I had never heard of them. After some basic research, I found out how renowned the band was in other countries, how they have been together for many years, and have released two albums.

This five-piece from Britain has recently released their newest album titled "Altered State," their only album featuring vocalist Ashe O'Hara. Spanning close to an hour, this album features 10 songs broken down into 4 total movements. I can describe this album as progressive metal, but the sound that envelopes this entire album could help expand the genre into ambient or space rock. The vibe throughout the album is very interesting, and goes almost unnoticed between songs if one pays little attention to it. Over top this ambiance is the brilliant musicianship of the band as they perform one of my favorite albums I've listened to recently.

The guitar work is phenomenal, using djenty guitar work for both bass and electric guitars. Acie Kahney and James Monteith on guitar, and Amos Williams on bass guitar do a brilliant job, mixing different styles of progressive metal throughout the entire album. The range of sound shifts dramatically, from deeper, palm-muted riffs in the song "Of Matter" to a much softer, delicate, and more ambient tone in the song "Of Energy." Although featuring less solos than a typical progressive metal album, these guitarists more than make up for it in the beautiful sound they create, ranging from sounds like Animals as Leaders to Pink Floyd. Using effects like reverb and delay, the guitars are key components to the overall production, and become the driving force of the entire album, like violins to a symphony.

Jay Postones does a magnificent job on the drum set. A change in sound from their last album "One," Postones relies less on the double bass pedal and focuses more on crisp, clear hits on the upper half of his drum set. The song "Of Reality" shows the drums at its finest, as the drums display perfect timing and precision amongst the other instruments. The change in time signatures that so often accompanies progressive metal is present throughout the album, but the drum work helps to make the transition flow more smoothly, creating an easier listening experience to the audience.

Having only sung on this album, Ashe O'Hara adds "Altered States" as a highlight to his musical resume. O'Hara can truly belt out the lyrics with his talented voice, and easily proves his strength early in the album. His voice is best represented in the song "Of Mind ? Nocturne," as his range dives from lows to soaring highs. Unlike their last album, there is no scream or growl vocals, proving that metal can be just as great without it. Vocals would be pointless without meaningful lyrics, which TesseracT is able to surprise me with their complexity and significance.

The one thing that stood out most to me in this album is its composition. When I listen to "Altered States," I feel like I'm listening to two different albums at once. The first album is a progressive metal vibe, one with deep guitar rhythm, complex drumbeats, and vocals that set the overall mood and tone of the song. The other album I can hear is more of a musical score, featuring guest musician Chris Barretto on saxophone, and is full of ambient tones and spacey sound effects that layer below the instruments. As stated earlier, it is almost unnoticeable if you aren't paying full attention to the album, meaning you lose an entire layer of what makes this album so great. Unlike their first album "One," "Altered States" shows the band expanding into new territory, providing a much more ambitious and intricate album.

I love this album! Definitely a 10/10 in my book.

 Altered State by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 196 ratings

Altered State
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars Tesseract are a band I've had a slight interest in over the past few years. And when I say that, I mean I have heard bits and pieces of them and have enjoyed them. For my sins, I do have their first album "One", but I haven't gotten around to listening to it. So while trying to get some newer albums a good listening too, my brother suggested that this album was very different to what they've been doing before. Intrigue is struck now, so I decided to bite the bullet and buy this album.

And my brother was right. This album is very different to what I've heard from this band before. Now, these guys have been getting a lot of attention recently, and in all fairness they do deserve it. But, there is something that will always be a stigma that I hold against the band.

The problem I have with these guys usually falls within their songwriting style. Being a musician myself, when I listen to this band I always think "wow I could never be in a band like this." This isn't be being bad musician (I'm alright at it, I guess), it's just that with these guys, and especially this album, the focus is usually on the technicality of the rhythms, beats and riffs rather than the real highlight for the band, and that is the vocals.

One of the biggest changes the band have decided to make is the dismissal of harsh vocals. A rather bold statement the band has decided to make, but they haven't made it impact their sound too much. Although, this album is a lot softer than their previous material, and Ashe's softer vocals do add to the atmosphere very well.

For this album, the band have recruited new vocalist Ashe O'Hara, after 2 vocalists walked out on the band in such a short amount of time. Now, his vocals are a lot softer than the previous vocals, but because of the bands change in style, they work very well with the music. As a vocalist, he really does have a brilliant range, with some very beautiful falsettos, that are almost feminine at times.

My favourite moment on the album has to be the opening suite "Of Matter." "Proxy" starts the song off in a very beautiful fashion and as it progresses throughout, it recapitulates some of themes in brilliant and exciting ways. Ashe's vocals really do work incredibly well and really add character to the complexity of the compositions.

One of my least favourite suites on the album would be "Of Mind." A slight return to form, reminiscing their more heavier material. It still has some brilliant moments, but the 8 minute epic "Exiled" does drag on slightly.

"Of Reality" is one of the better suites on the album as well, especially with the instrumental "Calabi-Yau" with some beautiful saxophone work. "Palingenesis" also has some very interesting jazzy beats throughout, that really add tone to the suite.

The final suite "Of Energy" has brilliant build up throughout. It does drag on a bit slightly with opener "Singularity", but the ending track "Embers", with its closing saxophone lines is absolutely beautiful and ends the album in a really beautiful manner.

In conclusion, this new direction for the band on this album is pretty mind blowing at times. I do prefer a lot of tracks to others, and it's the tracks that are more different are actually my favourites. Which makes me believe that whatever this band decided to do next will be the real triumph. I predict that this is only the beginning of something which could be something huge for the metal community in years to come.


 Altered State by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 196 ratings

Altered State
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by lukretio

2 stars I am sorry but I really do not understand all the hype surrounding this band (see latest issue of Prog magazine). No doubt they are good in doing what they do and their mix of distorted percussive riffing and soaring melodic vocals is surely rock-solid. However, I do not find their musical direction as ground-breaking or exhilarating as some of the press would portray it. In fact, I find it worrying how easily and quickly I lose interest in their music as I play it.

I think that my problem with Altered State boils down to two issues. First, all the songs sound rather samey to me as the sonic wall of palm-muted guitars quickly wears me out. Second, I really cannot stand the voice of new singer Ahse O'hara, his winey and often inexpressive way of singing also contributing to the general sense of sameness and monotony.

Overall, two-stars: it may be good but I regard this as a release that only fan of the band (and sub-genre) may appreciate - and I am definitely not one.

 Altered State by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 196 ratings

Altered State
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars When Tesseract signed to Century Media they lost their singer Abisola Obasanya and replaced him with Daniel Tompkins with whom they recorded their debut album. The album gained them a great deal of kudos and they toured hard, but soon they again needed a new singer so brought in Eliot Coleman with whom they recorded an EP, but it wasn't long before they yet again needed a new vocalist, but let's just hope that they chain Ashe O'Hara to the bus and just feed him and throw him the occasional bottle of beer as he is a real keeper. Much has been made of Tesseract's musical style, and they are often referred to as Djent, but to my ears they are a prog metal band that are using loads of influences from lots of different musical areas and who cares what they are labelled as anyway?

This is an album that is all about strange time signatures and percussive guitars, combined with loads of reverb and atmosphere. Ashe's vocals are incredible as he morphs between different styles and types, but always at the front, and always very much in control. Although there are hints of Animals as Leaders and Protest The Hero, I found that the two bands I kept being reminded of for some reasons were Evanescence and New Order. There is no doubt at all in my mind that Amos Williams has been hugely influenced by the bass playing of Peter Hook, and this combined with staccato riffing makes for some very powerful music indeed. Williams says that "mood, atmosphere, melody, and experiment are the main focus" of the album and I have to agree with him wholeheartedly.

This is an album that is not always easy to listen to, with many angular edges and plenty of riffing combined with the atmosphere and emotion, but it is always interesting and pushing forward. They have been together in one form or another for ten years, and now is their time as this is a heck of an album on so many levels.

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