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Ahead of the release of TesseracT’s 2 disc edition for the 2015 studio album "Polaris / Errai" on September 16th, vocalist Dan Tompkins, guitarist Acle Kahney & TeseracT’s sound engineer and producer Aidan O’Brien got together for a chat about "Errai."
In the clip below, they discuss what it is, how it came about and the differences between the "Polaris" & and new "Errai" versions of the 4 tracks - “Survival," “Cages," “Tourniquet,” and “Seven Names.”
The "Polaris Tour Edition" will be released as a 2 CD set, as well as digitally, with "Errai" being released as a stand-alone 180g heavyweight clear vinyl with enclosed download code. More...
To coincide with TesseracT touring the U.S. alongside Gojira in September/October (see full dates here), Kscope will be releasing a 2 disc tour edition of the "Polaris" studio album on September 16th.
The new 2016 edition of "Polaris" will be released with bonus second disc "Errai," which features four re-worked tracks: "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."
TessaracT vocalist Dan Tompkins comments: "It's been fantastic to re-visit & re-work the vocals to some of the 'Polaris' tracks from a different angle and with the benefit of time and space. The normal process of writing TesseracT songs starts with the creation of the music followed by the lyrical content; this time Acle and Aidan have stripped away the music and re-created the songs based around the vocals. As a result this has allowed much more breathing space between both and also highlighted much more detail in the performance."
The "Polaris" tour edition will be released as a 2 CD set, with "Errai" being released as a stand-alone 180g heavyweight clear vinyl with enclosed download code. Pre-order starts on May 27th, 2016. More...
Roadrunner Records group Gojira has announced details of a massive North American headline tour arriving this fall. The nationwide trek will see Gojira joined by Tesseract and is set to kick-off September 21st at Silver Spring, Maryland’s The Fillmore.
From there Gojira will traverse North America through October where the tour will eventually wrap up on October 23rd at New York City’s Terminal 5 (tour itinerary below).
Earlier this month Gojira revealed details on new LP "Magma," which is heralded by the first single “Stranded.” This new album arrives everywhere June 17th. More...
Tesseract's new album "Polaris" is due out September 18, 2015 via Kscope and today the entire release comes online early for advance listening. Check it out below.
TesseracT’s Dan Tompkins & Amos Williams comment: "Do you know that feeling you get as you are stood in line for a roller-coaster? That mixture of excitement and fear that is unique to situations of anticipation. That is the exact feeling we have about releasing 'Polaris.'
"The release of the full album stream signifies the real start of the Polaris World Tour for us. It's wonderful to be able to share this music with so many of you as we explore all and every musical option available to us. Thank you for all your support, we can't wait to see you guys out there on the road as we try to visit as much of this tiny planet as we can over the next two years."
The "Polaris" track listing is as follows:
9. Seven Names More...
Ahead of the release of the brand new studio album "Polaris" from Tesseract, the band is giving fans worldwide a chance to see the first video for new track "Survival." Check it out below.
Vocalist Dan Tompkins comments on the video: "As musicians we've never had 'overnight' success; we've all worked tirelessly for well over a decade and committed to many personal sacrifices to exist as a band. 'Survival' is a hard hitting song about the struggles we've encountered along the way but specifically and especially about the strain and burden of being apart from our loved ones to whom we are forever beholden for their steadfast and loving support. The idea behind our video represents that struggle for survival and the burning desire to be reunited with our families after long periods of absence."
With the stunning Derbyshire landscape as a backdrop, "Survival" was filmed & directed by Pele Newell, who said: “Working with TesseracT has been great, it's nice to work with people that are so passionate about what they do.”
On the video concept he also comments: "The video is set in the near future where Imani has been framed. Central are hunting him down as they have already captured his family. He's on a constant battle to find them without being captured himself.” More...
Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) is streaming a new lyric video for the bonus track "Jasmine Cyanide", taken from the album "Inferno: Deluxe Edition", out in stores this Friday, September 04th via Prosthetic Records. The track is featuring Danko Jones on lead vocals, TesseracT vocalist Daniel Tompkins on backing vocals and guitarist Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor), as well as drummer Anup Sastry (ex-Skyharbor, Jeff Loomis, Intervals, Monuments).
Check out now "Jasmine Cyanide" below.
TesseracT will return to North America for a healthy batch of tour dates slated for later this year. The band has tapped The Contortionist as main support along with Erra and Skyharbor.
"Five years ago we bundled ourselves in to a van and set off on our debut North American tour," says bassist Amos Williams. "It was not only our North American debut but also our first major tour, really."
Dates will kick off on November 2nd at the Theater for Living Arts in Philadelphia and run coast to coast making a few stops in Canada before wrapping things up at Irving Plaza in New York City on December 7th. Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 21 at 10:00 local time.
"We're beyond excited to announce that we're touring with TesseracT," says The Contortionist vocalist Mike Lessard. "They're a band we've always wanted to tour with, so it will be nice to share the road with them finally. This tour is a must see for any progressive fan!"
Williams comments again on that first North American run, where the band originally supported Devin Townsend, "We were lucky enough to be supporting the incredible DTP, from whom we learned how to project and perform. It was an experience that none of us will ever forget. Everything about it was intense, from the traveling in a tiny van, or squeezing the whole band into a single Motel 6 room, through to the stunning crowds, and wonderful friends we made. So, a little over 5 years later it is an awesome feeling to return to the US and Canada to headline a tour with that same line up that traveled all the miles, and worked so hard to get TesseracT to where it is today." More...
Ahead of the release of the brand new studio album "Polaris" from TesseracT, the band is today giving fans worldwide a chance to hear new album track “Messenger.” Give it a listen below.
The single is also available for iTunes purchase and as an instant gratification track for those who pre-order the album. Vocalist Dan Tompkins comments on the track:
“The concept of our new album, 'Polaris' is simple; it is about the transient nature of universal truth. There is no such thing as an absolute fixed human concept that will forever be the truth. Perhaps that is a message most of us can't or don't want to listen to but 'Messenger' highlights an ever growing awakening from the onslaught of the social conditioning we’re exposed to everyday from the media. The truth constantly obscured and the public subdued by ‘Casting fear into doubt.’”
New album "Polaris" will drop September 18, 2015 via Kscope and eOne Music. "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 new LP will followup to the "Altered State" LP (reviewed here) that was released in 2013. The new release will be the band’s third studio album and first for Kscope and eOne. According to the band: "'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." More...
TesseracT has announced an all new LP titled "Polaris" and due out September 18th, 2015 via the band's U.K. label home Kscope and a partnership with eOne Music in North America.
"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."
"Polaris" will follow the "Altered State" LP (reviewed here) that was released in 2013. The new album will be the band’s third studio album and first for Kscope and eOne, and the real question of course, is whether this one will feature any naughty tentacle videos.
The band comments: "'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."
The "Polaris" track listing is:
9. Seven Names More...
U.K. progressive juggernauts TesseracT and label home Kscope have partnered with eOne Music to release an all-new LP this fall in North America.
"We’re very excited to be working with the eOne team, their experience and well rounded ability will certainly help us grow in our biggest market," says TesseracT frontman Dan Tompkins. "The band is really looking forward to making the most of utilizing the resources that eOne has to offer and can’t wait to start this album cycle."
The new effort will follow previous LP "Altered State" (reviewed here) that was released in 2013. Stay tuned for more info coming soon.
"eOne are totally focused on this new record," says Johnny Wilks, director of sales and marketing for Kscope. "Working closely with our Kscope team in London, they have created a truly exciting campaign."
UK prog-metal band Tesseract is set to release the band's first live audio/video concert: titled "Odyssey/Scala," the CD/DVD and LP/DVD package welcomes back "One" vocalist, Daniel Tompkins.
"Odyssey," the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the Autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia on the Altered State World Tour. "Scala," the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 at Scala, London.
The band is now streaming the entire show through the Century Media YouTube channel. You can watch it below. More...
TesseracT has launched a new video from upcoming release, "Odyssey/Scala," a CD/DVD digipak that includes various live performances from the "Altered State" world tour. The video for "Nocturne" can be seen below.
"Odyssey," the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the Autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia. "Scala," the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 in London, U.K. "Odyssey/Scala" is set for release on May 19th, 2015 in North America. More...
TesseracT recently announced the release of "Odyssey/Scala," a CD/DVD digipak that includes various live performances.
The band today just premiered a sneak peak with a live video for the song "Concealing Fate part 2 & 3." Check it out below. "Odyssey/Scala" is set for release on May 19th, 2015 in North America.
"Odyssey," the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the Autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia on the Altered State World Tour. "Scala," the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 at Scala, London, UK, More...
U.K. prog metal band TesseracT is streaming a new clip of the band's performance at the world's first "Gigloo", a gig on what is thought to be the world's largest igloo. As part of the Jägermeister "Ice Cold Gig" series in Yllas Village, Finland the igloo was transformed into an ice stage where the band played in freezing temperatures.
Check it out now below.
Tesseract has issued the following announcement about dropping off two upcoming Texas appearances:
"It's with the deepest regret that due to reasons outside of our control, Tesseract are no longer able to play the Texas Independent Festival in Austin or The Bomb Factory in Dallas next month.
"A combination of visa issues and unlucky timing have meant that despite our hardest efforts, it is simply not possible for us to get to the USA for these shows. We are totally gutted as we've been looking forward to playing with some of our really good friends, drinking lonestar and eating Texan steak, but most importantly playing to you guys.
"We will however be touring the U.S. later this year with dates in both cities and we may have some new music to play you by then too. Once again, we are very sorry for any disappointment caused, but we'll make it up to you in the fall."
Tesseract will release the CD / DVD package "Odyssey/Scala" in physical and digital formats on May 18th in Europe and May 19th in North America via Century Media Records.
U.K. prog metal band TesseracT is set to release its first live audio/video concert. Titled "Odyssey/Scala," the CD / DVD and LP / DVD package welcomes back vocalist Daniel Tompkins.
"Odyssey," the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the Autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia on the Altered State World Tour. "Scala," the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 at Scala, London. A trailer for Odyssey/Scala can be seen below.
"Odyssey/Scala" will be available in physical and digital formats on May 18th in Europe and May 19th in North America via Century Media Records. More...
After signing with Kscope and bringing back former vocalist Daniel Tompkins, Tesseract is now working on a new live CD and DVD. The band comments:
“This is a very special moment in the career of TesseracT, we have in essence gone full circle with the return of Daniel Tompkins as our vocalist. There is an enthusiasm and energy amongst the band that we wished to capture for CD and DVD.
"So, we have been recording as many shows as possible on this tour in the hopes of producing a very best of live CD. Where we take one song from one show, say Nocturne in Rome, and maybe April from this year's headline set at Euroblast. It's very challenging both artistically and technically, but if any band can pull it off at this level, TesseracT can. More...
After the band split with its vocalist during the Summer, Kscope is thrilled to announce that U.K. heavy prog act TesseracT will be joining the label's family.
Bassist Amos Williams comments: "Really looking forward to discovering the possibilities of working with such a creative label. We admire everything Kscope's done with bands like Anathema, Katatonia and Steven Wilson, and can't wait to see where they will guide TesseracT in this new chapter of the band. Very excited!"
In the continuing saga of Tesseract parting ways with front men, Ashe O'Hara has now departed the band and Daniel Tompkins is returning to the fold. Tesseract comments:
"We have amicably parted ways with Ashe as we have found ourselves in different places, creatively. Ashe is a fantastic talent and will continue to be successful in his career and we wish him the absolute best!
"Moving forward for TesseracT – Daniel Tompkins will be rejoining us as a full time member of the band. Starting from our main stage performance at Sonisphere, UK on 05.07.14. We are also looking forward to starting writing and recording album three with Daniel, which will begin later this year."
Daniel Tompkins was previously with the band before Elliot Coleman, who parted ways with Tesseract back in 2012.
Tesseract has released a video clip for "Of Matter," shot live at Sphere Studios, which can be seen below. The track comes off the "Altered State" album (reviewed here), released via Century Media Records in 2013.