TesseracT
One


3.0
good

Review

by MO USER (7 Reviews)
March 30th, 2011 | 26 replies | 7,646 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wait, what song am I on?

9 of 11 thought this review was well written

Begin by listening to this while reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfFu_weHj70

This was TesseracT as they began making a name for themselves back in 2007; playing a variety of shows in the underground UK metal scene and receiving acclaim from fans and local bands in leaps and bounds. Led by singer Abisola Obasanya and displaying a raw, hard and grimey downtuned sound; this acclaim steadily rose until they began making a big name for themselves.

And rightfully so.

Tesseract is loaded with musicians who are all very technically talented and proficient at playing their instruments. Acle, the mastermind and creater of the band, Amos, Jamie, and James are extremely talented musicians who hit every note of each song with calculated accuracy. Dan's vocals on the other hand, although good, are somewhat lacking in this effeciency. He has some nice cleans; however his deep...parts (I don't even know what to call them) are basically just there. It's as if the band's entire new sound has been fuelled by the introduction of this new vocalist, and not the other way around. With Abisola, he projected a much harsher, more dismal and maniacal sound to the music while still maintaining an excellent clean voice when it was needed in it's respective parts. It was often brought to the back of the mix, though still heard nicely, instead of the forefront and this worked very well. With the introduction of Hopkins, Tesseract's vocals have followed the likeness of Periphery, hampering the heaviness and overall quality of the music. The only exception is shown on the track "Eden", where some of Tompkin's heavier sections sound good and are not aided by Amos.

Vocals aside, it's the production that has really taken this band and turned them completely upside down. Their earlier work and demo material showed a group that was going along the route of fellow countrymen Sikth in being very hard hitting. It sounded like they were going to be...more metal. The production of "One" takes a 360 to this earlier motif and has made everything very watered down. All of the heaviest hitting sections of past releases (what they've been tempting the fans with all these years) are now hollowed out versions of their former selves. They no longer show the personality and subtle craziness they once were but play the safe card and sound a little generic. It seems like the bass drum has been lowered and the atmospheric soundscapes have increased. This added ambience has drowned out the heaviness and density of Tesseract's sound and left it stripped down and withered. While adding atmosphere is never a bad thing, a band dipping it's foot in one sound and releasing a different one just doesn't sit right.

Tesseract incorporates the already released (a couple months prior) EP, "Concealing Fate", into "One" and throws in 5 more songs. Most of these songs have been out for a while now, with the exception of "Eden", and mostly sound identical to eachother unless you've been following the band for a while and know their material. They don't seem to have that same oomph factor which was demonstrated earlier. On top of it all the bass throws in a popping, scratchy sound sporadically, which can be more distracting and annoying than anything. The songwriting and structures are all excellent however. Tesseract are fully capable of creating a piece of music and making it flow nicely, mixing in some great progressive sections with the heavier ones. Unfortunately, to reiterate, this has all been on full display for almost 3 years now. It's as if the songs they released in the past could've been converted and burnt to a cd 2 years ago and would still surpass this debut.

Back in 2008, "One" was being heralded as the next major album to enter the metal scene; however a slow album release coupled with an overall change in sound has left Tesseract with a medicore debut album. Though "One" displays a band which is musically competent and very talented; it's production results in a mish mash of watered down soft and heavy songs/sections which get lost in eachother, and thus to the listener. Unfortunately people change and situations occur where members of bands have to leave for personal reasons. With the departure of Obasanya, so too was the departure of a grand Tesseract sound. "One" comes off as an overly produced debut which demonstrates a band forfeiting raw energy and intrigue for another run of the mill "djent" affair.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MO
March 30th 2011



18506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheers y'all

bloc
March 30th 2011



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Summary describes my opinion of this album perfectly, well done man.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

MO
March 30th 2011



18506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks man

1337Kellx
March 30th 2011



585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Songs to get a little samey but it warrants at least a 3.5 from me because of eden

also pos'd

MO
March 30th 2011



18506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cheers mate, as mentioned Eden is a strong point

beefshoes
March 30th 2011



3523 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Eden is amazing.

ButcheredChildren
March 30th 2011



5591 Comments


If I had written a review for this, yours would be it.

Also for links put a [a] [/a] on either ends.

ButcheredChildren
March 30th 2011



5591 Comments


oh and pos!

balcaen
March 30th 2011



3183 Comments


good review, definately pos'd.
unfortunately it's just really sad to see obviously super talented musicians make incredibly boring music.

ianjulian
March 30th 2011



627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

likeness of Periphery

Digging: Trioscapes - Digital Dream Sequence

pillowswantyoursoul
March 30th 2011



923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review man. The Concealing Fate songs are the real attraction here.

AlexTM510
March 30th 2011



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think your reasons for objection/not liking are almost the reasons i like it more. I like how there is a bigger focus on the atmosphere/soundscapes. I find there's almost a meditative state that the music brings and the combination with the grooves give it a real unique sound.

Still-good review

Digging: Sadistik - Ultraviolet

MO
March 31st 2011



18506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the feedback guys, good to know I can still write half decent.

Alex - Yea it seems that that's where the real dichotomy is. I was into these guys way back and they just felt alot heavier than they do now. Take Concealing Fate part 1. In the original the breakdown at around 4-5 minutes was massive, now it's just so subdued. Anyways, opinions are opinions.



AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2011



1985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like Dan's voice. Not sure about in comparison, since I haven't listened to the Demo in a while. I remember I was really into it in 2009, then they kind of fell off the radar because they had this album that just WOULDN'T EVER COME OUT. Now that it's out, well... they kind of put out an EP of everything already.

Music's still good, but it begs the question, where's the value and what's new?

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2011



1985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, I'm using the old album art for this in iTunes. You know, the one with the sand pyramid in the desert that doesn't look like a stupid inverted version of the Concealing Fate EP art.

Butkuiss
March 31st 2011



4155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really actually a bit reluctant to hear this, after what everyone's saying about it. Concealing Fate was above average, but I was hoping the full-length would be a heavier, more spastic affair. I guess it's a disappointment.

LurchWorks
March 31st 2011



90 Comments


pos'd. agreed on everything except for the bass sound, i love that. oh, and the rating. it's more like a 4 to me because of undeniable catchiness. still, it's far from what i expected when i first heard of them, two years ago.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2011



6993 Comments


Excellent review sounds pretty fair all te way through. Have pos

MO
March 31st 2011



18506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks everyone. I guess I'm being a little bit harsh on them but I think that goes with the fact that I was so pumped for this for so long and it just fell flat on it's face. I remember headbanging to Nascent and April Song so much, now they're just too bland.

Zorak
March 31st 2011



3191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't listened to the entire album yet (that's why I haven't rated it), but the songs I have heard are very bland indeed.



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