03. Acceptance – Concealing Fate Part One
04. Deception – Concealing Fate Part Two
05. The Impossible – Concealing Fate Part Three
06. Perfection – Concealing Fate Part Four
07. Epiphany – Concealing Fate Part Five
08. Origin – Concealing Fate Part Six
[03/22/11 | Century Media]
UK rising stars TesseracT have been blazing a trail over the past year, riding at the head of the charge, so to speak, of the New Wave Of Internet Based Djent (or whatever the accepted term is this week), pioneering an ambient, atmospheric, but still very much progressive sound. Their Concealing Fate EP, released last year, was a triumph for the genre, but one that is triumphantly built upon with One, their debut full length.
The keen-eyed amongst you will have noticed that One actually contains the entirety of Concealing Fate, which makes up just over half of the album’s length. Critics might call this a greedy grab for your cash – but do TesseracT and their label really think you so stupid? Of course not; you didn’t buy Snookie’s book or vote for Palin. You’re a metalhead, fuck’s sake. Don’t be so damn cynical.
One is a blinding piece of musicianship that deserves the praise that has and inevitably will be placed upon it. I didn’t think it was possible to love Concealing Fate any more. I was wrong. I’m calling year-end list right now.
Although the previous tracks are indeed there, we’re treated to a brand new intro – “Lament” – which certainly helps to dispel the ‘repeat’ feel. It’s even calmer and more sedate than that of “Acceptance“. Vocalist Dan Tompkins brings us in, crooning over some low key ambiance, before we get some signature Amos bass slappin’. The groove we all know and love is still in evidence in the new tracks, and you just know it’s going to be great. Leading single “Nascent” is infinitely more aggressive than we’re used to – probably the most ‘metal’ track on the album – but again, the groove is still very much present.
“Concealing Fate“, the six-part, twenty-five plus minute track is still as wonderful as ever, nestled slap-bang in the middle. I love the recurring musical themes and the flow of the entire track, and that despite this, each part has its own unique identity. We’ve harped on enough about it, so I won’t go on, but…seriously, if you haven’t heard this yet, you need to.
Despite all this, it’s probably the end of the album that pushes my score up to what it is. The final two tracks in particular are stunning, full of fully-rounded djenty rhythm, layered with soaring lead lines and Tompkins’ ever-fantastic voice. Eden highlights their ability to write long songs (CF notwithstanding), and is as spectacular and fitting an ending to an album as I’ve heard in a long time.
Ultimately, there’s usually only one rule I go by when handing out 5/5 scores willy nilly, and that’s how often I’ll come back to an album. When I first got One, I played it two, three times a day. I then got sick of it and stopped, and I’m now hooked again. I just don’t ever see myself getting irrevocably tired of it – anything to that effect is merely self-inflicted – and for that reason:
TesseracT’s One gets: