To coincide with their tour supporting Gojira, the UK brilliance that are namely TesseracT have issued a 2016 Special Edition of their spectacular opus, Polaris. This "Tour Edition" features the original Polaris release, as well as a second bonus disc, entitled Errai with four re-worked renditions of "Survival", "Cages", "Tourniquet" and "Seven Names".
Released in 2015, Polaris welcomes back original vocalist, Daniel Tompkins, and also solidifies TesseracT as a band that is always striving for greatness that just does not seem obtainable by any other band of their peers. In short, TesseracT is the personification of utter brilliance. Polaris is a nine track recording that finds the band continuing to shun categorization part Djent, part Prog, part Ambient, but all fantastic and truly TesseracT. Polaris on its own shows continued growth while allowing space in-between the majestic performances.
Tompkins soothing, passionate and soaring vocals are allowed to flow within these tracks with such a liquidity that truly take them to the next level. Tracks like the moody and breathy "Phoenix" show off Tompkins' vocals quite well and the magnificent song, "Tourniquet", with its ambient, airy and almost somber mood, builds up into this spacious and mountainous of a Progressive track that is quite simply jaw dropping. But that is what you get from TesseracT, brilliance everywhere you turn. "Hexes", "Dystopia" and "Utopia" are only but three more of the original, amazingly awesome tracks found on Polaris and all three create that thick and rich tapestry of Progressive goodness that has become the bands hallmark.
With bonus disc Errai we find an even deeper and more thoughtful TesseracT on these four re-worked tracks. "Survival", Cages", "Tourniquet" and "Seven Names" all were stripped down to and then re-imaged into completely re-created pieces of work. The songs are still very much TesseracT-like, but from a completely different view. The highlight of detail in the performance is much more evident in these now overhauled renditions, where vocals and arrangement are the focal point, while allowing time and space to truly also shine. The band's long time sound engineer, Aiden O'Brien, is the mastermind behind the project and what he has been able to conjure up is absolutely wonderful.
TesseracT and eOne Music/K Scope Records have an interesting gem of a Special Edition of Polaris, with this 2 disc release called Errai. TesseracT faithfuls will enjoy the bonus disc of the four re-arranged tracks and fans that have yet to have picked up Polaris on its own will be getting a great double disc package. Either way, this release by TesseracT is sure to provide many hours of brilliant and passionate music to its listener for years to come.
The Polaris Tour Edition will be released as a 2 CD set, with Errai being released as a stand-alone 180g heavyweight clear vinyl with enclosed download code.
- Seven Names
- Survival (reimagined)
- Cages (reimagined)
- Tourniquet (reimagined)
- Seven Names (reimagined)
Added: August 23rd 2016
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Band Website
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