7 Songs, 36 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
44 Ratings
44 Ratings

Initial reaction

In a single word, this album is...boring, to be frank. When I first saw that this album was only 36 minutes long, I thought it would be packed with riffs and intensity. This thought grew after hearing the new version of smile a couple nights ago. After my first listen through, I am sorely disappointed. Tesseract took their signature sound and tilted the scales way too heavily towards the atmospheric aspect of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the atmospheric side of this band, but it works so much better when it is breaking up the absolute chaos of everything around it. On this album, it’s like tesseract forgot they were ever a metal band, but instead, an atmospheric groove band that was experimenting with metal bits. All in all, there is about 5 minutes or riffage on this 36 minute album.

It isn’t all bad though. There are 4 standout songs, and if I could go back, I wouldn’t have preordered and just bought these songs instead. They are Juno, Smile, king, and luminary, in that order. The disappointing part of that is that 3 of those songs were released before the album. The only standout performance IMO is jay postones, and this is his best work yet. I am a huge Dan tompkins fan, but he is the disappointment here. This is his weakest performance yet across all of his bands, and it has nothing to do with the sound of his voice, rather the delivery.

All in all, it isn’t a horrible album, but it doesn’t really compare to the rest of tesseract’s catalog. In 36 minutes I went from thinking this would be my album of the year to thinking this might be the most disappointing release in the last decade for me. I really hope tesseract has a short turnaround for their next release.

Kan Ienny


Why only 7 songs??? Been craving anything tesseract since I first heard them and this just isn’t enough for the addiction


It's good.

UPDATE 6/20/18

*As an update, after listening to this album now for two months, exactly, on and off I have come to like it quite a lot. I still give this a 4/5, which is a good but not excellent rating, but I find myself really enjoying the songs and the melodies in them. It took a little bit to get into these songs, but they are quite good*

As with the last album, there's some really good stuff. I'll probably listen to it a good amount. But, the creativity, large movements, catchy vocals are all but gone. I think One and Altered State were two incredible albums- especially Altered State (which I initially hated) which I think is a high mark for progressive metal.

With this album, it's got a lot of blandness. Great musicianship. But I think Ashe brought out the best due to his ability to sing on top of the music and not through it. His vocals were more part of the piece, part of the movements, and less the center. Which, is interesting due to his more traditional vocals.

Overall, Sonder has some great songs on it and any Tesseract fan will really like it. But maybe not Love it.

About TesseracT

Originally started in 2003 as a solo outlet for English guitarist Acle Kahney, who at the time was playing in the band Mikaw Barish, alternately brutal and cerebral progressive metal outfit Tesseract eventually morphed into a full-blown force of nature and early adopter of the djent style, which relies heavily on tight, palm-muted riffs that sound much like the word itself, and was coined by Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal. Tesseract released its debut EP, Concealing the Fate, in 2010, followed by their debut long-player One in 2011. The Perspective EP, which featured a cover of Jeff Buckley's "Dream Brother," arrived in 2012, and was followed by their second full-length studio outing, the Century Media-issued Altered State, in 2013. Vocalist Daniel Tomkins -- who had appeared on their earliest EP and album -- returned for Polaris, their third -- after two other singers had come and gone. The album was released by K-Scope in the late summer of 2015. To coincide with a U.S. tour with Gojira in the fall of 2016, the band re-released Polaris with a bonus second disc entitled Errai that included four re-worked tracks from the album -- "Survival," "Cages," "Tourniquet," and "Seven Names." In the summer of 2017, the band released a standalone single titled "Smile."

Early the following year, Tesseract announced the April release of Sonder. The album was recorded in the U.K. at 4D Sounds, Celestial Sounds, and Project Studios and engineered by the band and Aiden O'Brien, with mastering by Acle Kahney. Sonder melded the harsh abrasiveness of 2011's One and the progressive ethereal elements of 2013's Altered State with the pop accessibility of Polaris. It was preceded in February by the single "Luminary," described by vocalist Tompkins as "conceptually exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance, which ties into the overall theme and meaning behind Sonder." The single was backed with an extended, re-worked version of "Smile." In addition to the conventional stereo recording, a special edition of the album was issued as part of a limited deluxe package that included a 360-degree binaural-listening experience designed by Klang. ~ James Christopher Monger

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