They’re one of the bands whose name I have heard going around for a couple of years now and while I have lightly touched upon their sounds and enjoyed what I have heard; I still need to give a proper examination and lengthy look into their offerings. Friends of mine in the conventional sense as well as in Metal Music Scribedom all seem greatly impressed by what they do and since numerous folks in that pool of folks have opinions I value, I best get myself moving about them. That said, the band has just released a press release about an upcoming tour with support from The Contortionist so I am sharing that whole lengthy release and tour poster with you to indulge in. I will return at the close with some views of my own. See you in a few.
The Press Release:
NEW YORK – 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. Fans can visit the band’s official website for ticket info. VIP upgrades including band meet and greet options are available for all shows. For more info on that, click here.
“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 they 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.”
Just last week the band revealed that singer, songwriter Martin Grech will make a guest appearance on their new album Polaris. Martin has lent his vocals to the track “Hexes.” TesseracT will release an all new LP titled POLARIS, on September 18, 2015 via their UK label home Kscope and distributed / marketed by 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.” The new LP will followup to the highly regarded Altered State LP that was released in 2013. The new album will be 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.”
Over the course of the last six years, TesseracT have been at the forefront of the ever-evolving metal scene. Originally formed as a studio project by guitarist Acle Kahney, TesseracT immediately eschewed all well-established notions of what metal should sound like and swiftly became a unique and daring entity. Acle had recruited a line-up worthy of his groundbreaking compositions and the band embarked upon a quest to inject some originality and excitement back into an often myopic and lazy British metal scene. The longstanding line up of drummer Jay Postones, guitarist James Monteith, bassist Amos Williams have recently welcomed back vocalist Dan Tompkins, whose first show back with the band was on the main stage at last year’s UK Sonisphere Festival.
The debut album One received widespread critical acclaim, not least due to the album’s staggering six-part centerpiece “Concealing Fate,” which brilliantly showcased the band’s pioneering sonic approach and unstoppable arsenal of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies and disorientating atmospherics. The primarily acoustic Perspective EP emerged in May 2012 to an effusive response from critics and fans alike and shortly after, their status as progressive metal’s most fascinating new creative force was very publicly celebrated when TesseracT picked up the Best New Band trophy at 2012’s inaugural Progressive Music Awards in London. Not wasting any time the band released their second album Altered State in early 2013 again to worldwide media acclaim.
Having found a new creative energy after reuniting with Tompkins, the highly anticipated new opus will be an evolution from Altered State. Fans can expect more experimentation with sounds and tones, and deeper exploration into the core attributes that define TesseracT’s trademark sound.
11/2/15 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
11/3/15 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11/4/15 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus
11/6/15 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Theater
11/7/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
11/8/15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
11/9/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/11/15 – Winnipeg, MB – WECC
11/12/15 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Briens
11/13/15 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
11/14/15 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
11/16/15 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
11/17/15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
11/18/15 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
11/20/15 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
11/21/15 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/23/15 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11/24/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
11/25/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/27/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex Live
11/28/15 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/29/15 – Albq, NM – Sunshine Theatre
12/1/15 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
12/2/15 – Dallas, TX – Trees
12/4/15 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/5/15 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
12/6/15 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
12/7/15 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Whew now that was some kind of a comprehensive press release wasn’t it? I love it because there was no stone left unturned and no mystery and left asking questions about the overall stuffs. This tour I am seriously going to have to try to get to because I have not only never before seen Tesseract in action but I’ve never seen all three of the opening bands either and that makes this show a complete music indoctrination on four new bands to my Metal mind. Let’s add to the appeal that the whole run of dates will end in our own Big Metal Apple just as winter is getting ready to blast us. We are surely going to need the Metal heat if what the Farmers Almanac is predicting for the coming winter is true. It’s apparently going to make last year look like a joke and that was not a good time for us East Coasters that’s for sure. Anyway, what do you readers think about this tour? Does it excite you? Have you seen any of these bands before and what are you looking most forward to on it. Let me know in the comments section below. I am very interested in hearing thoughts on this one. Until next time.