TesseracT, a band that sit outside the bounds of any genre specificity, pioneers of the ever-evolving metal scene and unstoppable force of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies and disorientating atmospherics release their fourth studio album Sonder.
Sonder adds significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, blending the harsh abrasiveness of One (2011) and progressive ethereal elements of Altered State (2013) with the accessibility of Polaris (2015). Sonder is streamlined, honest and direct with all the trademark TesseracT dreamy atmospherics and bending grooves. Sonder was recorded in the UK at 4D Sounds, Celestial Sounds and Project Studios, engineered by the band and Aiden O’Brien with mastering by Acle Kahney, and cover artwork designed by Amos Williams.
Listen to the new single “Luminary” above, described by vocalist Daniel Tompkins as “conceptually exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance, which ties into the overall theme and meaning behind ‘Sonder’”. Also featured is an extended and re-worked version of last summer’s single “Smile”.
Sonder i on CD / 2CD – featuring binaural album bonus disc / black LP / Crystal Clear vinyl s available on LP / picture disc (exclusive to the band’s webstores) and digitally and is available to ORDER HERE.
For audiophiles, TesseracT have produced a binaural version which will be available exclusively as part of the 2CD version, this version is a 360-listening experience designed by Klang: Fabrik for headphones listening Amos Williams explains more “the concept is to push past the restrictions of a stereo headphone mix and create an accurate ‘3D’ space in which positioning outside of the normal Left Right axis can occur. This is something that every artist that uses in ear monitors on stage wishes to recreate; the real and accurate positioning of instruments. We immediately felt that this technology could be applicable to us in the studio. TesseracT loves to bring what it does in the studio to the stage, but this time it’s experimenting with bringing a live element to the studio.”
2018 Sonder Headline Tour
UK + Europe
Having played to an ever growing fanbase in North America on their 6-week tour in support of their new album Sonder and following a phenomenal set on Friday, when they headlined Download Festival’s Dogtooth Stage, TesseracT are excited to announce the UK & Ireland dates on their Sonder headline tour ‘We’re finally able to announce TesseracT’s return to our home shores! It’s been over 2 years since our last UK headline and we’re excited to bring our biggest and best show to our UK fans. We’re also in very good company, joining us – our friends, Between the Buried and Me and Plini – these shows are not to be missed…we’ll see you all there!’ enthuses vocalist Daniel Tompkins.
Their European tour will begin in November with support from Between the Buried and Me (Facebook) and Plini. Dan Tompkins told us: “To have such a strong support bill with us means the SONDER European Tour could be the event of 2018 for many progressive rock fans! We’re bringing an exciting new production, which properly represents TesseracT in a live environment. Joining us are our friends in Between The Buried And Me – it’s been a long time since we last toured with them and it will definitely be worth the wait. To cap it all off we’re also bringing along the mighty Plini – this will be our second tour of 2018 with him, he’s an amazing musician and gives the tour a great dynamism!”
Polaris, the third album from TesseracT and the tour edition featuring the single “Errai”, are OUT NOW
U.K.’s premier progressive act TesseracT released POLARIS in 2015. “TesseracT has been through a roller coaster of a ride since our first EP,” says the band. “We seemed to always have been filling the holes in our ship’s hull to stop this ship from sinking, as we raced around the world time and time again.”
The 2016 edition of Polaris comes with a bonus second disc Errai which features four re-worked tracks from Polaris – “Survival”, “Cages”, “Tourniquet” and “Seven Names”. The tracks have been re-imagined by the band’s long time live producer and sound engineer Aidan O’Brien. He says on being asked to work on the project “I’ve been lucky enough to contribute to various bits of TesseracT material since the Perspective EP back in 2012, but it was a thrill and an honour to be asked to have a much more involved role in working on reimagining four of the tracks from Polaris. Being given the chance to offer my interpretations of the songs at the core of these wonderfully nuanced and complex arrangements, as well as the chance to work closely with such talented musicians, was hugely exciting and I’m extremely proud of the results. It’s still unmistakably TesseracT, but from an angle I think a lot of people won’t have heard before.”
POLARIS followed the highly regarded Altered State LP which was released in 2013. The new album is the band’s third studio album and first for Kscope and eOne. “Polaris, is a different scenario. The first chance for us as a group to stop and take stock of what we are right now, to explore a TesseracT of melody, dynamics, and singular focus. For the first time, too, we feel free from the bounds of genre specific expectations.”