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TesseracT - Altered State

Richard Cartey
Richard Cartey 30 May 2013 at 17.17

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Words. Blagh. This album is exceptional. That's all you really need to know.

The beautifully composed second album from British djent-fathers TesseracT is unreal. The atmosphere, the sound, the songwriting (which is perhaps the best of metal’s young generation) sets ‘Altered State’ apart from the rest of its genre. Here, as on the band’s 2011 full-length debut, the unrelenting melodies are TesseracT’s trump card. Only now bolstered by even thicker, more ethereal harmonies – plus an astonishing and adaptable vocal performance from newly-appointed singer Ashe O’Hara. On ‘Altered State’ TesseracT have taken the djent blueprint and, barring occasional plunges into riff soup, have re-engineered it into a living, breathing, emotive display of rousing poly-prog. Must-hear stuff.

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