Since the formation of the band’s five-piece line-up in spring 2007, TesseracT have picked up richly deserved props from peers alike (Textures, Meshuggah) and press (Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Scuzz). Following the release of their 2007 demo, TesseracT continue to cultivate a growing International fanbase, through well recieved UK and European tour dates and internet word of mouth. Their reputation of delivering jaw-dropping live performances has been further fuelled through appearances at Bloodstock, Hammerfest, Caos Emergente in portugal and the recent Hellfire 2 festival at the Birmingham NEC arena.
The climax of 2009 finds the band in exciting new territory, with the recent addition of singer Dan Tompkins. As evident in the sneak peek album track ‘Lament’ (featured on Metal Hammer’s November 2009 issue cover CD), Tompkins brings a huge vocal range and further melodic impetus to TesseracT’s ambitious, accomplished musicianship.
Tech-heads will often focus on the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity, but TesseracT are far from an exclusionary exercise in tech metal pomposity. 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. All of which, they argue, is at the core surprisingly simple.