Full length debut from this excellent UK based djent metal band. Led by the clean/scream vocals of Dan Tompkins, Tesseract effortlessly balances melody with technicality. Similar in nature to Periphery but with MUCH better vocals.
Opaque red 2LP red vinyl edition of the debut by the great pioneers of the djent scene. Guitarist Misha Mansoor leads the charge. Crazy technical elements influenced by Meshuggah, Cynic, and my guess Spiral Architect.
"It’s a fair estimate that at least 75% of the bands who have emerged in the last decade have little defence over their blatant pilfering of Meshuggah’s iconic guitar tone and polyrhythmic complexity.
"Meshuggah are one of the rare few artists whose sound has become so distinctive that they’ve not only helped inspire—for better or for worse—a genre (*cough* djent,) they’re also commonly used as a descriptor when discussing metal at large.
Well its been some time since I've heard some really good instrumental tech metal and along comes this quartet from Columbia, South Carolina. Invoking The Abstract follows in the footsteps of bands like Canvas Solaris, Scale The Summit and Animals As Leaders.
Counter-World Experience are a great instrumental tech/prog/jazz metal trio from Germany. Imagine Morglbl minus any humor. This is serious, heavy intricate stuff that you can bang your head to.
"As the European metal scene headed into the 90s there was a noticeable shift towards death metal and in the Netherlands it was no different with acts like GOREFEST, PESTILENCE and ASPHYX all quickly gaining popularity across the continent.
"Scale the Summit is an epic progressive metal act hailing from the great state of Texas. The quartet has been raising eyebrows on the scene since 2007 with their self-released debut, Monument.
Limited edition mediabook features a bonus DVD with the album in 5.1 and 24/96 2 channel hi-res.
"The kings of djent are back with a brand new album all the way from sunny England. However, is Tesseract's Polaris a worthy successor to Altered State? I remember watching Kubrick's 2001 for the first time quite a few years back, and it had me floored.