Dan Tompkins rejoins Tesseract
2014-06-27 by Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF | 58 Comments

In a surprise announcement on Friday, vocalist Dan Tompkins has announced via his official Facebook page that he would rejoin rising prog metal powerhouse Tesseract. Tompkins, perhaps the most widely accepted of the many vocalists who have fronted Tesseract over the years, also revealed that the band amicably split with Altered State singer Ashe O’Hara in order to fuel the transition.

Tompkins wished Ashe well and also assured fans of his most recent project, Skyharbor, that he would continue to front both bands simultaneously and that his presence in Tesseract should cause no delay to Skyharbor’s sophomore album due out later this year.

You can read Tompkins’ official statement on his facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/danieltompkinsvocalist

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Band Page: TesseracT

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BeneaththeDarkOcean
June 27th 2014

374 Comments


ncguitar is gonna be pissed. :P

This is odd, as much as I love Tompkins, I thought Ashe was a really great fit for the band, really enjoyed his vox on Altered State. Would be interesting to see where Ashe goes from here.

Diamondize
June 27th 2014

1147 Comments


omg yes

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icatchthirtythree
June 27th 2014

299 Comments


YES

Futures
June 27th 2014

7800 Comments


amazing vocalist

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cmaitland421
June 27th 2014

82 Comments


Looks like I can start caring about TesseracT again!

ncguitar
June 27th 2014

2402 Comments


Haha, I guess staff swag wins here.

I'm really glad this happened tbh

ReAnimator
June 27th 2014

296 Comments


Really split on this. I thought Ashe did a stellar job on Altered State and I was looking forward to seeing how he and the band would progress...but getting Dan back is hugeee

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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2014

1981 Comments


@ncguitar - Sorry, your article actually didn't exist while I was writing/posting mine.

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VolcanoDay
June 27th 2014

133 Comments


How many fucking vocalist changes has this band had now?

Drummerboy123
June 27th 2014

2312 Comments


This is odd [2]. I actually thought Ashe was the one for these guys, I guess not. Hope to god they actually keep Dan now.

I'm not really surprised overall at his return, I always thought he'd come back if Ashe left. TesseracT wouldn't want to run the risk of finding yet another new vocalist for and wouldn't go instrumental so Dan is the only choice. Their 3rd album should be interesting to say the least.

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ncguitar
June 27th 2014

2402 Comments


@AtomicWaste it's cool, the same could have happened here

YUJOS
June 27th 2014

914 Comments


Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss

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botb
June 27th 2014

9527 Comments


im bawwing im so excited omg

TooLateToGoBack
June 27th 2014

1751 Comments


FUCK YES

I liked Ashe, but Tompkins is untouchable

ChoccyPhilly
June 27th 2014

3426 Comments


What? when did Ashe go? I'd say this is good for band overall though

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MO
June 27th 2014

18228 Comments


Sweet won't change the fact they are terrible these days I'm excited!

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zxlkho
June 27th 2014

3460 Comments


this band is seriously awful

Grizzlypyro
June 27th 2014

101 Comments


Ashe was the only good thing about this band when i saw them supporting PTH, apart from him it was possibly the worst performance I've ever seen.

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Dummit
June 27th 2014

342 Comments


yay
Yay
yAy
yaY

Koffiiing
June 27th 2014

1047 Comments


both excited and upset

ManicDemise
June 27th 2014

428 Comments


Band is great, love both vocalists. Think it's cool that they got Dan back instead of trying to find a new cat again...but holy fuck, TesseracT, get your shit together. 5 vocalists already in what.. 7 years?

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SnakeDelilah
June 27th 2014

5373 Comments


Band is probably going to make more shitty music whether or not Dan's here.

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ChoccyPhilly
June 27th 2014

3426 Comments


Tesseract are like a teenage girl in secondary school with relationships as vocalists - After all that time, they go back to their ex

KILL
June 27th 2014

70573 Comments


omfg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NonApplicable
June 27th 2014

1927 Comments


WTF! I remember lamenting hard when Tompkins left. When I heard how amazing Ashe was on Altered State, I could have cared less about Tompkins. Now I'm bummed out again because I feel like Ashe was the better of the two.

God knows I love TesseracT but they need to stop with these mid life crisis's.

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KILL
June 27th 2014

70573 Comments


dude are you shittin

SadAndHolyGlow
June 27th 2014

1499 Comments


I didn't expect this.

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YakNips
June 27th 2014

7173 Comments


sweet

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SitarHero
June 27th 2014

4602 Comments


What. The. Absolute. Fuck.

sspedding
June 27th 2014

4751 Comments


Ashe was a cool vocalist and this is unfortunate for him but good for tesseract

Blump
June 27th 2014

26 Comments


Fuck this.

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Futures
June 27th 2014

7800 Comments


p much

bach
June 27th 2014

11951 Comments


omfg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [2]

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paradox1216
June 27th 2014

430 Comments


next album confirmed for heavier

overall I'm excited about this.

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DatBeefPudding
June 27th 2014

1238 Comments


interesting...

still only care about skyharbor though

TheMetalLifer
June 27th 2014

43 Comments


Ashe was a cool vocalist and this is unfortunate for him but good for tesseract [2]

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unforgiven89
June 27th 2014

143 Comments


I know most of their fans adore Tompkins but i vastly preferred Ashe. He has a fantastic voice and did an amazing job on Altered State.

climactic
June 27th 2014

18338 Comments


2011 me is rejoicing

tempest--
June 27th 2014

12594 Comments


tompkins is the superior vocalist anyway

chug73
June 28th 2014

907 Comments


omg
Is this legit. I'm about to lose it.

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Durrzo
June 28th 2014

1074 Comments


Cool, now I have a reason to check out their next album.

GringoSuave89
June 28th 2014

1009 Comments


looks like I (and a shit ton of others) are back to checking out Tesseract again.

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icatchthirtythree
June 28th 2014

299 Comments


Ashe is cool and a great vocalist, but Dan pretty much made One as fucking good as it was and to me makes Tesseract

chug73
June 28th 2014

907 Comments


they need to get some new material out ASAP. This had better be a permanent thing, band had had the worst luck with vocalists.

matt4
June 28th 2014

14 Comments


I'm coming out of hibernation to comment on this. This is a terrible move. One is a boring, slightly passable metal album. It's got some good tracks on it, but most of them are instantly forgettable Meshuggah wannabe tracks. Altared State is the exact opposite - it's phenomenal, riveting, entertaining, and actually progresses the genre forward. This is ENTIRELY due to Ashe and the vocal production on the album. As good as Dan is as a vocalist, Tesseract just sound silly with his style of harsh vocals. And Ashe by FAR has the better clean vocal sound.

I'm bummed because Tesseract were on their way to doing something really important with the trajectory they took on Altared State. I sure hope they don't fall back into the crap they did on One.

MyLittlePenis
June 28th 2014

706 Comments


fuck now im fucking pissed i missed them with ashe, fuck dan he fucking sucks

bloc
June 28th 2014

34669 Comments


This is definitely a good move, but I only really cared about their song April anyway

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DatBeefPudding
June 28th 2014

1238 Comments


As good as Dan is as a vocalist, Tesseract just sound silly with his style of harsh vocals. And Ashe by FAR has the better clean vocal sound.


na

Imperial
June 28th 2014

1719 Comments


Bring back Abi.

NonApplicable
June 28th 2014

1927 Comments


I sure hope they don't fall back into the crap they did on One.

I doubt that will happen considering the track Sky Harbour just released. Seems like Dan is actually headed more into the direction TesseracT took on Altered State.

I also think Dan had some material that wasn't his. Hence the screams.

severthety
June 28th 2014

8 Comments


I can't believe all you guys like ashe that much . His vocals and lyric content was all over the place at points in altered state you couldn't even make out what he was saying . Dan is way better live, ashe was way boring live. He stayed in the same place the whole time. Go Dan waiting for skyharbor first.

NonApplicable
June 29th 2014

1927 Comments


I think Ashe's vocals fit the music better than Dan's did on One. I agree with you on the live assessment. Ashe's far outperformed Dan in the studio though(IMO).

Nomos
June 29th 2014

808 Comments


Damn man! I thought Altered State was a HUGE step forward, mostly because of Ashe's voice. Got to seem them live a few months ago so I feel blessed.

chug73
June 29th 2014

907 Comments


One was fucking sweet. Altered State was hit or miss.
Vocally I feel Ashe was on point but didn't quite fit in just yet with the music.
I'm hoping they can move forward with Dan and KEEP a vocalist for more than one album.
I always preferred Dan live. Saw Ashe at Soundwave this year and it was awkward.

Nomos
June 30th 2014

808 Comments


Altered State seemed like a dud halfway through the first listen. I had set myself up to get another hard hitting One-clone. But when I changed my way of looking at it and gave it a fair listen, something clicked and I fell in love with it. Dan is amazing so I'm glad he's back, I just think that they could have done more amazing things with Ashe.

North0House2
June 30th 2014

5812 Comments


They'll start having threesomes to rev up their music-life soon enough here. I swear, they're as indecisive as an 8th grade girl when it comes to the vocalists.

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DatBeefPudding
June 30th 2014

1238 Comments


did they kick out ashe for dan though. cuz that would be hilariously dickish of them

SitarHero
July 1st 2014

4602 Comments


The split seems pretty amicable.



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