Tesseract: Entire New Album 'Altered State' Available For Streaming

Due on May 27, the CD is about the transformations the band has gone through over the past few years.

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"Altered State," the second full-length album from the UK progressive rock band TesseracT, can be streamed in its entirety in the YouTube clip below (via Blabbermouth). Due on May 27 throughout Europe and May 28 in North America via Century Media Records, the CD - which is divided into four movements - "Of Matter," "Of Mind," "Of Reality" and "Of Energy" - is, in its purest form, about the transformations the band has gone through over the past few years.

Comments TesseracT: "The concept behind the presentation of 'Altered State' is very simple. It is about change, and how life is change. We have been through a very difficult period of time over the last few years. It is a miracle that the band has survived. I feel it is the ability to step back and see everything for what it is (hence the 'Perspective' EP) that has allowed us to get on with life and try to enjoy it. Reality is change."

"Altered State" track listing:

01. Of Matter - Proxy 02. Of Matter - Retrospect 03. Of Matter - Resist 04. Of Mind - Nocturne 05. Of Mind - Exile 06. Of Reality - Eclipse 07. Of Reality - Palingenisis 08. Of Reality - Calabi-Yau 09. Of Energy - Singularity 10. Of Energy - Embers

"Altered State" was produced, mixed, mastered and engineered by TesseracT guitarist Acle Kahney, assisted by bassist Amos Williams at Acle's 4D Sounds studio, and marks the first full release with new vocalist Ashe O'Hara following the departure of American vocalist Elliot Coleman (Omnom, Sky Eats Airplane, Zelliack) in June 2012.

"The new album has shaped up to be something of an evolution for TesseracT," band's bassist Amos Williams told ThrashHits.com. "Obviously, there's the new voice, which is exciting for us to work with. Ashe brings such an intense level of emotion to the table, it feels as if we have added another dimension to the music. We've also travelled so much and met so many incredible and inspiring musicians since the first album. This has had a huge impact upon our songwriting."

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    I def prefer Ashe over Dan or Elliot any day. His voice just fits the music perfectly. Def giving a good name in prog in general, this album is simply amazing!
    Please come to amercia or stick around europe long enough to kill off the EDM trend
    As a fan of TesseracT and EDM, I shun you. Amazing job, by the way. TesseracT, continue onward!!!
    I first got hooked on TesseracT in hearing Dan's phenomenal vocals in "Concealed Fate." Personally I have a hard time listening to most metal music because of the vocals, but Dan's was perfect for me. Ashe did a really good job on this album, still not the best for me, but it's difficult to beat Dan. The instruments are superb, maybe even better than on "One," and I love the addition of the saxophone. Great sophomore album, definitely lives up to their standards
    Just heard it in its entirety for the first time. Absolutely blown away - I was nervous that they would cease to hold my attention following the departure of Dan but Ashe REALLY brought it on this record, and the music just sounds superior in general! Pre-ordering the shit out of this!
    It didn't quite meet all of my really picky expectations (I was expecting a much more profound prog and folk influence, as they'd mentioned, and would have liked less of that same-y kind of sound), but for a band that went for three releases putting out the same material, it's nice to hear something fresh and solid from one of my favourite bands to fall under the Djent label. It's because of this band that I don't feel bad referring to my own music as Djent, if it means sharing a league with these guys one day. They're worthy of the praise they get. Ashe's vocals are also superb. I find that this band seems to sound more and more like a better, heavier Tool each time they put something new out. The sax solo is a really nice touch, too. Something that's been kind of missing from their music.