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Progressive Metal • United Kingdom


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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.



The inclusion of TesseracT to Prog Archives was approved by the Progressive Metal Team and highly recommended.

Bio written by progmetalhead 2.9.2010

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  • Hevy Festival 2014 on 15 Aug 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 30 Sep 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Logo, Hamburg on 1 Oct 2014
  • Euroblast Festival X on 2 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT & Animals As Leaders on 5 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Fängelset, Göteborg on 6 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Pumpehuset, København V on 7 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders on 8 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at Proxima, Warszawa on 9 Oct 2014
  • Animals As Leaders / TesseracT on 10 Oct 2014
  • Animals As Leaders (USA), TesseracT (UK) on 11 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Rock Café, Praha on 12 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at Backstage, München on 13 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg on 14 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Szene, Wien on 15 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at New Age, Roncade on 17 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Traffic, Roma on 18 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Rock 'n' Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (Novara) on 19 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at L'Usine PTR, Genève on 20 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at Le Korigan, Luynes on 21 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at MJC Ô Totem, Rillieux La Pape on 22 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT + Hord at La Paloma, Nîmes on 23 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at Le Bootleg, Bordeaux on 24 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at Le Ferrailleur, Nantes on 25 Oct 2014
  • Damage Festival 2014 on 25 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at La Laiterie, Strasbourg on 27 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT & Animal As Leaders on 28 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders + TesseracT at F-Haus, Jena on 29 Oct 2014
  • Animals as Leaders & TesseracT on 30 Oct 2014
  • TesseracT + Animals as Leaders at Kleine Freiheit, Osnabrück on 31 Oct 2014

TESSERACT discography


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3.76 | 70 ratings
One
2011
3.83 | 144 ratings
Altered State
2013

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3.25 | 5 ratings
Demo 2007
2007
4.19 | 27 ratings
Concealing Fate
2010
3.90 | 10 ratings
Perspective
2012

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 Altered State by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.83 | 144 ratings

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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.

8.1/10

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 Altered State by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.83 | 144 ratings

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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.

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 Altered State by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.83 | 144 ratings

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TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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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. www.centurymedia.net

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 One by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.76 | 70 ratings

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One
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by DiamondsClarity

4 stars Tesseract - One

Okay, so this is my first review ever on this site, or on any site for that matter. But, to start off my first review, I thought I'd start off with one of my favorite progressive metal, or "djent", bands. Now I have to say this album didn't grow on me at first. But, some songs did stand out. The big majority of the songs that stand out are the Concealing Fate parts. Eden is also their longest, and that was also another track the stood out to me through my first listen. The rest of the songs I have to say weren't done as well as they didn't have much to stand out with. Well, to me that is.

Okay, why give this album 4 stars? For the songs, a majority of them are good. For musicianship, the drumming is superb and you can tell it is complex on most tracks. The vocals I also really enjoy. The melodic singing style of his voice just sounds wonderful to me. Now, the guitar and bass. Seems pretty standard to me. Nothing really stood out as great or outstanding. Probably the greatest moment with the guitars is during the breakdown in Deception, which is part 2 of the Concealing Fate. I also fancy album artwork, but I must say this one doesn't really stand out nor does it lack creativity. Could of used a little more design.

***** songs- Concealing Fate (All Parts), Eden. **** songs- April, Sunrise, Lament *** songs- Nascent

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 One by TESSERACT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.76 | 70 ratings

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Review by praj912

3 stars This one hasn't been touched yet, so perhaps I should give is a review.

DJENT, or is it djent? whatever. Apparently this describes Meshuggah followers, but I may be wrong as I haven't given Meshuggah a go and don't know anything about this djent stuff. The style seems to incorporate syncopated mechanical riffing, devoid of melody, and the combination of teeny sounding yells/growls and nasal melodic singing.

There is of course some melody to be found in the instrumentation and Tesseract seem to combine one guitar doing the mechancial stuff with the other clean and dreamy, with delay, chorus and all other spacey stuff providing a melodic overtone, similar to keyboards in a metal band, and this pans out into soft ambient sections which work well.

There's a strong influence of Tool and the aforementioned Meshuggah in this music (as is to be expected), but all in all it turns out quite well and definitely shows promise. The melodies and ambient type sections really make this more than just an exercise in mechanics, though they need to throw in a few riffs that b-r-e-a-t-h and groove otherwise it just passes you by.

P.S. Turns out this singer has now left the band and they have recruited another which has upset many fans. The new singer is better for mine and seems to offer a bit more in terms of range and exploration beyond the nasally yelling, think Muse, Buckley, Plant, so it may be that their next album will be a whole lot more appealing to Progarchives devotees - let's wait and see.

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 Concealing Fate by TESSERACT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
4.19 | 27 ratings

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Concealing Fate
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by bartosso

3 stars I admit it, I hate mixing up prog with mainstream, especially if it concerns djent. As a great fan of this... well I shouldn't call it genre so let it be style. So, as a great fan of this style I constantly look for Meshuggah followers to find some gems and indulge in that weird atmosphere, discordant riffs and brain boiling drum beats. This time I got not my brain but fingers burnt. The gem turned out to be just an ordinary stone.

Okay, maybe it was a little bit too harsh. The main problem with this release is that it has some really bad, annoying even, qualities and some really good ones too. I will start with good ones if you don't mind. First of all this is perfectly executed and written material, with very nice, thick and clean production, pleasing the ear with full range of frequencies. Secondly, djent parts of the record are professionally composed and attract attention, even if most of them are just cribbed from Meshuggah. Thirdly, some (but very few) melodic parts are good, haunting even, and made me, for these few times, enjoy the record.

Now the better part - bloody flaws. What I hate most about TesseracT? [drum roll] Vocal parts! They are the biggest curse of this EP. The singer has quite powerful, clean voice and wide vocal range, but the way he uses it brings to mind (unpleasant) associations with Linkin Park and so-called melodic metal core. That kind of singing leads directly to tearful/gushing melodies which I... well, can't stand actually. It's not only the singer to be blamed of course. Other musicians rarely (but still too often) follow him in this run of the mill. In the end we've got a record where heavy djent themes alternate, quite smoothly, with melodic passages of "pure emotion", making up consistent creation.

All in all, it is not a bad work. I don't really like it but there's no denying that the guys are talented and managed to combine discordant sounds of djent with purely melodic modern metal. It's admirable.

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4.19 | 27 ratings

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TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by Negoba
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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.

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4.19 | 27 ratings

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TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'Concealing Fate' - TesseracT (9/10)

To be quite honest, there are few bands that leave an impression on me, without me first having listened to a full-length bout from them. Having been introduced in earnest to UK metal act TesseracT's music when they opened for Devin Townsend in concert, I was blown away by their immensely tight and chaotic live performance. Naturally, I would pursue the band's work further into their studio material. Perhaps the reason I am loving this new EP 'Concealing Fate' so much is that I associate it with the incredible concert experience I got that night, but regardless, TesseracT's first official effort has blown me away, resulting in one of the strongest extended plays I have ever heard.

Being part of the recent 'djent' metal movement (essentially bands that try to sound like math metal pioneers Meshuggah), TesseracT takes the travelled approach of chaotic, polyrhythmic progressive metal and adds in something that seems to have been long lost on many other releases in the style; a sense of real melody. With this first professional EP, the band packs in hefty doses of atmosphere, technicality (both in performance and composition), heaviness, and beauty, all in appropriate balance and measure. The entire work flows together seamlessly; 'Concealing Fate' is essentially a twenty seven minute long epic, separated into six pieces for the sake of disc navigation. While it might not have the defined sections as a classic epic suite like Genesis' 'Supper's Ready' or 'A Change Of Seasons' from Dream Theater, the piece works wonderfully well as a composition, and the reoccurance of musical motifs and themes gives the journey a binding cohesion.

'Concealing Fate' opens with some beautifully atmospheric and haunting guitar strings that ring throughout the mix. The concept is repeated and developed upon until the crushing metal element is introduced overtop, in a different time signature altogether. This mixture of different times and sounds give a very chaotic, yet brilliant aspect to the music. Overtop the mathematically sound madness are the soaring vocals of singer Dan Tompkins, which while incorperating screams into the mix from time to time, are for the most part, very melodic and powerful. This contrast between the heaviness and beauty of the vocal work is incredibly difficult to do well, but very effective when accomplished, and TesseracT seems to have no problem finding a proper balance.

While there isn't a highlight necessarily in terms of tracks, the first two tracks do seem to work as individual compositions as well as part of the greater whole, while the latter portion of the EP is suited towards only being considered part of the epic. One thing that TesseracT does really well here is create a dense wall of sound behind the main instruments, something that makes me see why they were chosen to play with Devin Townsend. While the music shines throughout, there are indeed parts that might have benefitted had they had a little more variety of sounds to them, instead of a mere guitar barrage. As the powerful introduction suggests, TesseracT works best when they counterpoint heaviness and lightness as one.

While I would rarely say this for an EP, this has indeed been one of the best things to be released this year. It has everything that I would want in a metal release; complexity, intelligence, tight execution, beauty, and an adequate sense of heaviness. While the music here isn't that diverse, TesseracT give a consistently engaging experience. I cannot wait for their first full-length.

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 Demo 2007 by TESSERACT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.25 | 5 ratings

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Demo 2007
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by Andy Webb
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3 stars A taste of what's to come...

In 2007, Tesseract, (sadly) with a different singer than who sings currently, released their first demo with three fresh new tracks. The new metal band out of the U.K. Their sound was some what new, similar to what the also unsigned Periphery had been doing in the US for a while. The sound was fresh and creative, mixing the djent that Periphery, and before them Meshuggah, has coined with melodic and more "traditional" progressive rock/metal tones. The writing style is excellent, new, and creative. Melodies mesh with rhythm which mesh with heavy distorted guitars, which makes for a beautiful new sound.

Concealing Fate, Part 1 is the opener to an epic that was recently released an EP. The first part of the epic is incredible, meshing melodic and clean guitar with heavy distorted 7 and 8 strings. The vocals can be harsh at times, but the singer's vocal quality improves when he switches to clean vocals rather than screaming. The music in general is fantastic. The rhythms are head bang worthy, although sometimes mixing in a fun and interesting polyrhythm and maybe a time signature change--which is never a bad thing!

April Song is very Periphery-esque.... either Periphery got the bass intro idea from Tesseract or Tesseract got the bass intro idea from Periphery, but either way the intro is fantastic. Heavy in the intro, heavy in the chorus, beautifully melodic in the verses. The song is overall very balanced and spacey. The rhythms are creative and enjoyable, with that underlying bass rhythm throbbing throughout the entire song. The vocals are actually quite nice in this song, with no growling or harsh screaming, which he is not the best at.

Sunrise is a short and not so fun of a song. It opens with a general death metal beat, but luckily breaks into more melodic territory after the intro. The rhythms again are creative, but the vocals are harsh against a melodic background. Once the melodies break into a much heavier beat, the vocals are not as harsh sounding, but the singer screaming vocals are not very nice to listen to in general, and they are distorted over again, making them worse. A weaker track, but still good in general.

ALBUM OVERALL: A great demo for a great band. At the time of this review, no full-length studio album has been released, but soon there shall be one, and it shall be good. The recording quality, surprisingly for a demo, is phenomenal, as is the quality of the music. High points: creative melodies and rhythms. Low points: vocals are weak. 3+ stars.

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 Concealing Fate by TESSERACT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
4.19 | 27 ratings

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Concealing Fate
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Review by Andy Webb
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4 stars I found it hard not to give this 5 stars after listening to the first second.

After delaying the debut studio album release again, (and again, and again, and again), TESSERACT decided (reluctantly) to please the fans by releasing their epic 27-minute Concealing Fate (of which I had heard bits and pieces before, to my great pleasure) as an EP.

PART I opens up somewhat slowly, with that delayed clean riff that beautifully permeates the whole piece. It then breaks into a sweeping djent-y distortion riff, while proceeding to enter in Dan's great vocal capacity. The whole opening piece is, well, a great opener. It acts almost as an overture, introducing some of the riffs of the other songs.

PART II breaks into a similar clean riff. This is, in my opinion, the best of the six parts. Dan's vocals, the guitars, the bass, the drums, they all come together in a endeavor of near musical genius. The instrumental sections are magnificent, as is the rest of the track.

PART III is a bit more mellow, showing a bit of a slower tempo and less djent. A small slap bass solo is a nice change in pace for the song. Dan's vocals are again magnificent.

PART IV is, as the tile (Sadness) suggest, an even more melancholy, although there is a wee bit more djent in the short part.

PART V greatly reminds of PERIPHERY more than any of the other tracks did. It's a wonderful djenty piece running for about 1:30. It really shows the extreme metal influence in their music.

PART VI is a nice closer. It's reminiscent of PART I, it stars slowly and eventually breaks into a much heavier sound.

OVERALL: The whole track is nice to listen to. Although the band is djent oriented, they aren't a stifling extreme tech death mashup of distorted guitars and screaming strangled vocals. Dan is a magnificent vocalists, easily one of the better of the trade. Really the only down point is that it was released by it own and not with the rest of the album! Other than that, there is a bit of redundancy in some tracks, with just djent-djent-djent-djent-djent-djent-djent-djent-djent over and over again. This isn't a bad thing, but it should be something used sparsely. The whole track is 27 minutes long, but when the riff is used 3 times a part, it can get a LITLLE bit old. Other than that, the track was magnificent. 4.5 STARS.

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