U.K. progressive metal hopefuls TESSERACT just spent the last month touring across the United States with DEVIN TOWNSEND in support of its "Concealing Fate", EP which was engineered, produced and mixed by TESSERACT bandmembers Acle Kahney and Amos Williams.
Commented the band: "So, we've just returned from what was possibly the most incredible first tour of the U.S. and Canada that any band could ever have hoped for. We've seen many wonders like the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls and experienced trials and tribulations like a two-day drive and a GPS that said 'in 704 miles, turn left.' We ate more food than any one man should ever be able to eat at breakfast, every...single...day.
"It's a shame, but for the rest of the world, North America has a lot of stereotypes, most of them negative. However, within the first 24 hours, most of these were dispelled and all of us fell in love with the place. The people, the crowds and the country were wonderful and in many cases simply epic.
"You can see a portion of the silliness in this album of photos taken by Kristell Gathoye who was on the road with us.
"We feel we must thank Devin Townsend and the wonderful band of musicians collectively known as THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT for their kindness, hospitality and genuine humility. Along with DTP, we have made so many good friends and are looking forward to meeting them all again and catching up in person when we tour 'over the pond' once again. Speaking of which, we're just confirming a mammoth six-week U.S. and Canadian tour to coincide with the release of our debut album next year; more information will be released on this soon.
"Wishing to strike whilst the iron was still hot, we headed straight in to the studio upon our return to record and film a DVD that we will include with the release of 'One'. It will be a stark example of what a band sounds like live and in one take. So see it as a take on a live performance, but in the studio environment.
"You don't really get the opportunity to hear music in its pure form these days, but with this DVD we hope to show you a band without the typical production tools and 'smoke and mirrors.' So no quantization and no over-dubbing, just plain and simple TESSERACT, warts and all, as you would see us live at a gig. We also aim to give those of you with the capability the whole thing in 5.1 Surround Sound.
"Things are coming together and slowly building up to the release of 'One' next year, but before that we still have two exciting tours to complete. The first is in December in India, as part of the Great Indian Rock Festival 2010, alongside MESHUGGAH, ENSLAVED and PURIFIED BY BLOOD, as well as a whole host of homegrown Indian talent. The second is around the U.K. as part of the 'League of Extraordinary Djentlemen' with PERIPHERY and MONUMENTS.
"The response to the release of the 'Concealing Fate' EP has been fantastic. We are so grateful to all of you that have taken the time to check us out and listen, be it on the web, CD or in the flesh at a gig. We look forward to seeing you all at a gig in the future."
TESSERACT's promotional video for the song "Conceling Fate Pt. 1", directed by Khaled Lowe and produced by Campbell Beaton, can be viewed below.
With constant support from the U.K. media, TESSERACT has been able to achieve a loyal following in its home country as well as the rest of Europe, having their video for "Concealing Fate Part II" in constant rotation on Scuzz TV and other media outlets. They've toured throughout Europe, playing everything from clubs to festivals and last spring made it over to Russia for the first of what will surely be many stops.
Formed in 2003 as a solo writing project in the mind of guitarist Acle (who was a founding member in FELL SILENT), TESSERACT first broke through in the scene with their 2007 demo and later appearances at U.K.'s Bloodstock, Hammerfest, Caos Emergente in Portugal and the Hellfire 2 festival at the Birmingham NEC arena. TESSERACT soon become one of the most-talked-about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet's time signatures and musical complexity.
Acle Kahney - Guitar
Amos Williams - Bass
Dan Tompkins - Vocals
Jay Postones - Drums
James Monteith - Guitar
For more information, visit www.tesseractband.co.uk