Okay I have given the new TesserAct album a few listens. I have been looking forward to it, since the excellent One was released in 2011.
Altered States has Ashe O’Hara on vocals, who has become the groups fourth vocalist. Remember people, it’s a tough gig holding a band together. Different interests and different styles always clash.
It would be interesting to see how O’Hara handles the growl style vocals, even though Tesseract has gone on record stating that they screaming style of singing was not what they had in mind for TesserAct, however it was something they felt they needed to have in there, because that is what was required for any Djent band coming out.
Of Matter – Proxy opens up the album. The reverb wash on the guitars, the atmospheric melodic vocals and then the technical math progressions come into the song, at first it is all sitting under the clean reverb guitars and then the technical progressions take center stage. I must say, O’Hara on vocals has some pipes on him.
Direction by the open door
All the chances I ignore
Of Matter – Proxy is all about trying to do something in life. It’s about the endeavour. The lyric means a lot. The open door signifies opportunity. Looking for direction as to what path to take.
Of Matter – Retrospect is a quality song on the album. It is a song that gets me in the mood to wreck stuff, especially when the heavy bits kick in at the 3.50 minute mark.
I don’t begin to proclaim that i know
I can’t continue down this road
Of Matter – Retrospect continues the theme of the first song, however in this instance, the path taken didn’t turn out to be the right choice. Making the decision to stop and start again, is a massive mental burden. I have been in those situations, thinking that if i see the path through, things will work out. They never do.
Of Mind – Nocturne is a stand out. It starts off with the classical math groove. The difference is again the melodic atmospheric vocals.
Climb (you’re dehydrated)
Fly (your wings are jaded)
Cry (you’re enervated)
Die (for what you believe in)
Try (you’ve nearly made it)
So true. We are climbing each day on our life. It could be the corporate ladder, it could be a personal goal, it could be musical dream. Whatever the case, we climb something every day. And when we get to the top, what will we do.
We will be so tired, we could collapse. How can soar, when our wings are broken, when we are weakened and all of our vitality and strength has been destroyed in the quest to make it. We have died for what we believed in and then we question ourselves.
To get to the top could take years, it could take decades, however the fall only takes seconds.
Of Energy – Singularity is the future of the Djent movement. It’s mathematically technical, with soaring melodic vocals and loads of crazy polyrhythms going on. Trying to follow along is a challenge. For some reason, it reminds of Tool – Lateralus, with a math rock rhythm behind it.
All up, Altered State is a great follow-up to One, and just like One was a favourite of mine for the year that it was released, so is Altered State. This album goes straight to the YEAH folder.
I really dig what TesserAct have going and in my eyes Altered State is a Djent genre defining album. In years to come it will be looked back as a Classic Album and a game changer for the genre. There sound is very personal sounding and it’s very for me to connect with it.