7 Songs, 36 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
44 Ratings
44 Ratings
rb1105 ,

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

Nsjohn130 ,

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.

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