UK’s TesseracT are again touring the United States in support of their latest release, Sonder. If you are fan of heavy progressive rock/metal or even follow the musical subgenre of djent, this tour was on your list to see this year. The band brought their signature sound and energy to the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado Tuesday night.
Astronoid, the five-man progressive metal band from Boston opened the night performing their blend of heavy progressive rock mixed in with pop and punk influences. After that Sydney, Australia’s Plini continued the momentum playing an incredible set of progressive rock instrumentals. The crowds reaction to the two openers was wonderful and the cheers and applause seemed to never end.
TesseracT gave their fans a little of the old and the new. The band delivered a solid mix of songs spanning their entire catalog including sections from older albums One and Altered State. The middle of the set was nicely designed and flowed beautifully highlighting songs from their last album Polaris (2015). “Dystopia” and “Hexes” were played consecutively which was a perfect lead into set staple “April”. The lighting production on this tour was fantastic and gave the audience a spectacular visual experience mixed in with their incredible music. Lead vocalist Dan Tompkins was energetic, engaging, and sounded amazing. It is a treat to watch bassist Amos Williams perform front and center. His rhythmic dance movements are perfectly in sync with the music while he slaps and picks his bass.
I was impressed by the size of the audience and how engaged TesseracT fans are with the live performance. I have been to a few other recent shows at the Summit and the crowds were both much smaller and rather dull. The fans both older and younger loudly cheered and were vocal the entire set. I’m excited to hear what the band will come up with next and rush out to another live show down the road.
Photos and review by Jason Bullinger