TesseracT
One


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
March 21st, 2011 | 341 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: meShuggah Babes

Tesseract have undoubtedly been dragging their feet over the last few years; excitement regarding the release of their debut has swelled and subsided following the band’s frequent mutations, contractions and expansions. Even though a substantial of the material comprising their debut full length was composed nearly five years ago One drops belatedly in the new decade, eleven aural entities stepping lightly off the hype train and onto the solid ground of critical reality.

Mercifully, for the most part it was worth the wait; although unforgivably overdue One is without a doubt a paradigm of pristine yet emotive musicianship, part raging tempest, part whispering breeze; these are sinuous and seductive siren songs calling out for shipwreck.

Musically, comparisons have been made mirroring Tesseract with the other luminaries of the Djent scene, Meshuggah and Textures especially. This is inevitable, and yet it does the young English band no real disservice; being compared with some of the most forward thinking artists in metal of recent years is surely no bad thing. The instrumentation is top notch and at times simply jaw dropping; one would expect nothing less. Seven string guitars rip through riffs like scissors through fabric, tearing frantically at the aural cloth before subsiding into achingly beautiful acoustic passages that flutter like silk in the echoing space, interspersing the turbulent maelstrom with much needed moments of quiet and calm. Postones and Williams handle the low end [sic] admirably, making their way through the enchanting rhythmical nightmare with almost dreamlike ease; the off kilter beats especially resembling ships crashing and heaving on an irresistibly swirling molten ocean of sound. The vocals are an enticing mixture of mid range screams and the clean, soaring wails that have unfortunately become somewhat of a cliché in the metal scene in recent years; for the most part, however, they suit the music perfectly.

Parts of familiar epic Concealing Fate aside, final track Eden is without a doubt the band’s crowning achievement; a nine minute melting pot of agonizingly lopsided rhythms that wind their flowing serpentine flesh around the body of the song in an tantalizingly gentle embrace before suddenly choking the frail and trembling melodies in iridescent coils. After a few mezmerizing spins it becomes fully apparent; Tesseract have as a complete musical entity succeeded in forging and stamping their own ubiquitous seal on the tech-metal scene.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that One isn’t long overdue and needlessly delayed; perhaps it is sufficient to say that it would be an album of the year contender if only it were released a few years ago, when the band already had many of the songs written and the music still sounded fresh. Coming as it does in 2011 it remains a powerful artistic statement, and yet at times one can’t help feeling that the tremors surging out of the speakers are mere aftershock rather than a primordial, groundbreaking wave.



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Adash
March 21st 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this release completely caught me off my guard, didn't think they would ever get their asses into gear

MO
March 21st 2011


18679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review, I'll be checking this out soon...still haven't gotten used to Dan's vocals, but Postones and Acle are so good

ev0ken
March 21st 2011


586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

looking forward to this one. my copy should arriving in 2 or 3 days.

Adash
March 21st 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

much obliged; I agree with you about the vocals, sometimes borderline faggish but forgivable

accompliceofmydeath
March 21st 2011


4217 Comments


So this is the EP with other songs?

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beefshoes
March 21st 2011


3885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

pretty much.
I feel the songs from the EP are the weakest though.
Eden is soooo good.

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Erratic
March 21st 2011


1120 Comments


basically

edit: beefshoes beat me

bloc
March 21st 2011


34852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wasn't feeling this at all...so boring...



The last 3 songs are the only things I'd listen to again

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Adash
March 21st 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah just listen to sikth instead

djocelot
March 21st 2011


272 Comments


"a nine minute melting pot of agonizingly lopsided rhythms that wind their flowing serpentine flesh around the body of the song in an tantalizingly gentle embrace before suddenly choking the frail and trembling melodies in iridescent coils."

lolwut?

MO
March 21st 2011


18679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Wasn't feeling this at all...so boring...

The last 3 songs are the only things I'd listen to again."

Just downloaded it, but I've heard ever song on youtube. I'm pretty much feeling the same way...




Willie
Moderator
March 21st 2011


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

I just can't get into this. The whole album just kind of blends together so far.

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beefshoes
March 21st 2011


3885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"a nine minute melting pot of agonizingly lopsided rhythms that wind their flowing serpentine flesh around the body of the song in an tantalizingly gentle embrace before suddenly choking the frail and trembling melodies in iridescent coils."

I lol'd at this too.

Erratic
March 21st 2011


1120 Comments


Now that's imagery

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 21st 2011


8821 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"a nine minute melting pot of agonizingly lopsided rhythms that wind their flowing serpentine flesh around the body of the song in an tantalizingly gentle embrace before suddenly choking the frail and trembling melodies in iridescent coils."

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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MO
March 21st 2011


18679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

in an un en

Adash
March 21st 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i knew I'd get caught out with the bullshit metaphors eventually, surprised it took 30 reviews before anyone noticed

Rev
March 21st 2011


9423 Comments


Ewwww

Adash
March 21st 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bit harsh negging though

drewkar
March 21st 2011


98 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album is so boring.

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