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Reading, United Kingdom (2003 – present)

TesseracT is a band from Reading, UK, that uses , , and elements in their music. TesseracT started out back in 2003 as an archetypal djent band in then-teenage Acle Kahney’s bedroom. What started as an outlet for creativity and experimentation grew and Kahney posted clips of his technically heavy guitar work on forums such as Sevenstring.org, taking the feedback on board and gradually improving his technique. It was in this way that a community of bedroom producer-musicians were spawned and this new wave of progressive music was created, along with names such as Misha Mansoor (Periphery), Paul Ortiz (Chimp Spanner) and John Browne (Monuments), who was a bandmate of Kahney’s in Fellsilent.

The word ‘djent’ is an onomatopoeia for a heavily palm-muted, distorted guitar chord. It was coined by Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, though generally made popular by Mansoor on the band’s online forum and it was there that Kahney originally learned the technique. When Thordendal heard and commented on some of Kahney’s riffs, it was all the encouragement he needed to forge ahead.

Embodying the international vibe of the genre, Frenchman Juilien Perier initially supplied vocals but the logistical difficulties meant that he could not join the band permanently. The line-up was completed by Jay Postones on Drums, James Monteith on Guitar and Amos Williams on Bass. Monteith and Williams brought along with them the vocalist of their previous band 209, Abisola Obasanya.

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  • nazcapilot

    I have faith that Dan will be able to master the Altered State material given time and practice. Granted, I'm a fan of Tompkins, so I'm hardly an impartial critic. I did like the post he left on that video clip. He seems like a cool enough guy, and I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. I am going to miss Ashe, though. I'm happy with either man as vocalist, but I truly loved Ashe's performance on Altered State. It will be sad to see him go.

    21 Jul 6:04pm Reply
  • Ondskapet

    I'm sure he'll do fine with the altered state stuff in time, I'm more worried about his creative ability for the next album

    20 Jul 7:58pm Reply
  • Borreh

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVVh4PzXhqg - Dan singing Nocturne. He had some technical problems at the beginning. So far I don't dig it, but he still has to master the newer material.

    16 Jul 5:46pm Reply
  • alvaricoca_arch

    Weird situation where everyone loves both Dan and Ashe so much that nobody can really tell whether this is good or bad lol [4]

    12 Jul 10:28am Reply
  • alvaricoca_arch

    Damn Ashe's leaving is a kick in the nuts. I love how TesseracT envolved from a poor Djent band into a beautiful Atmospheric Prog Metal band. I'd love to see Dan singing on Altered State. Don't get me wrong, I love Dan as well (his screams on One are top notch) but the new direction TesseracT has is unbelivable. Soooo good.

    12 Jul 10:28am Reply
  • Borreh

    I am no hater and I hate them (duh) myself, and I praise bands when they deserve it, but there is nothing wrong with being critical and having high expectations. I am just tired of fans jumping into critical (not hateful) discussions and being constructive with sentences like "they're best lol what are you even talking about". I do love a few bands myself but accepting of everything a band is doing because they're your favourite band and never being critical just doesn't lead anywhere.

    11 Jul 5:53pm Reply
  • benson_x

    @Borreh, if that was aimed at me then I hasten to say that as this is Tesseract's shoutbox, surely utilising it to praise the band is its sole function, rather than ripping the shit out of bands, which is what people usually use shoutboxes for.

    11 Jul 2:38pm Reply
  • MaruFan

    I'll be a minority and say that extreme vocals do fit in the band's sound.The contrast on One was epic

    11 Jul 2:27pm Reply
  • Borreh

    Oh the rich fanboyish "they're best because they're best rite?" - "rite!" discussions..

    10 Jul 2:25pm Reply
  • DrawnToBlackk

    and @benson_x is right. I believe that when it comes to a progressive band I think the vocals are a product of the music. What TesseracT do very well is that they use an unusual vocal style (Both Dan and Ashe do this) with a polyrhythmic background to differentiate it from other types of prog metal - It's made to make you listen, watch and embrace the music.

    10 Jul 8:49am Reply
  • benson_x

    I think Tesseract get too much criticism; they make fantastic music no matter who is fronting them, mainly because the band has such an incredible backbone due to Amos (bass), Kahney (guitar) and Postores (drums). Because they're all so talented, Tesseract seem to produce good stuff no matter who is singing, screaming or not. Eitherway, as @DrawnToBlackk says, we win.

    10 Jul 8:01am Reply
  • Borreh

    I hope to god there won't be any screams on the next album. [2]

    9 Jul 6:51pm Reply
  • Ondskapet

    I hope to god there won't be any screams on the next album.

    9 Jul 5:47pm Reply
  • DrawnToBlackk

    I don't see the problem, Ashe is a very good vocalist as so is Dan. Regardless, we win ;)

    8 Jul 11:48am Reply
  • Xplosif_91

    I loved this group because of the perfect equation formed by Ashe's (unreal) voice and the perfect, brilliant bass, guitars and drums! Now that that equation doesn't exist ... what's next? :/

    8 Jul 12:25am Reply
  • lhlhlh1

    "Ashe, on the other hand, not only has a great voice but he also sings in an interesting way" "Also, after Altered States I think harsh vocals don't fit Tesseract at all" This. A million times this

    6 Jul 10:56pm Reply
  • Zeppled

    Welcome home, Dan! [3]

    5 Jul 10:16pm Reply
  • Borreh

    I do know - For me it's bad. I know Dan is a good vocalist but he has a lot of work to do to catch up do Ashe's level. Sure, he has a great voice, but his vocal lines were the weakest part of "One" for me. Ashe, on the other hand, not only has a great voice but he also sings in an interesting way. I was enchanted by Dan's voice at first, but as time went along I became annoyed by his whining - The guy just meows like a cat 80% of the time. Also, after Altered States I think harsh vocals don't fit Tesseract at all, and I am afraid they will return.

    4 Jul 11:58pm Reply
  • Petie__Weedie

    Weird situation where everyone loves both Dan and Ashe so much that nobody can really tell whether this is good or bad lol [3]

    3 Jul 6:38pm Reply
  • Project_777

    No! I tried to settle bets with my own soul , Bless my lips for the first time before you don't , Gripping to the last touch of your hand I grow to loathe, Hope that you remember just how far I'll go, I'll spend the rest of my life wishing I'm enough

    3 Jul 10:04am Reply
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