TesseracT are a young band from the UK that have managed to create quite a stir in their native country. The English metal press is quite chauvinistic when it comes to supporting UK bands, so let’s take a closer look what the hype surrounding TesseracT is all about.
On their Concealing Fate EP the band show their profound love for dissonant guitar riffs in the best Meshuggah tradition. TesseracT combine this with a great sense of melody, creating a certain style of their own. Textures are another reference here. Strangely enough I hear some Primus influences here and there, especially in the way the bass lines and odd intervals are incorporated in their music. Concealing Fate Part 1: Openings is a great example of that.
TesseracT are equally proficient when it comes to using electric effects to add some texture to their compositions. It’s very tastefully executed. This reminds me of the excellent work of Misha Mansoor with Periphery and Animal As Leaders. Concealing Fate Part 2: Deception and Concealing Fate Part 3: Emotive will attest to that. Those two songs are also great indications of the band’s considerable song writing prowess.
Dan Tompkins turns out to be a very capable vocalist. His mixture of clean and rough vocals does the diverse nature of this EP justice. He does have this annoying tendency to use some emo influences in his singing, so I hope he will keep this to an absolute minimum on future releases.
Concealing Fate shows a very capable band who are ready for the next level. The Meshuggah and Textures influences are paramount, so I hope the TesseracT guys will put some more effort into creating a truly unique sound of their own. With their musical capabilities in mind I’m sure they will succeed in doing just that.
written by Raymond Westland