EP Review: TesseracT – Perspective

Perspective’ is special for two reasons – it’s an acoustic ‘djent’ EP, which in itself is something of a strange beast; and it is the only record by TesseracT to include vocalist Elliot Coleman, who left the band shortly after its release. The songs on ‘Perspective’ are reworkings of tracks that appeared on the band’s debut full-length ‘One’ as well as a Jeff Buckley cover, ‘Dream Brother.’

It’s a messy concept to grasp. Progressive metal bands are known for being experimental, but to release an acoustic EP filled with tracks that will take a little bit more time to become classics is a brave move. Though a fresh release, it wouldn’t be too large an assumption to consider ‘Perspective’ unique in the band’stesseract perspective catalogue already.

‘Perfection’ is an astral ballad, originally part of a half-hour epic on the band’s debut album. Here, it acts as a display of Coleman’s vocals, soaring and melodic, though not necessarily very powerful. As far as acoustic records go, there are still enough off-kilter beats to keep you headbanging out of time, along with djent’s typically electro-ambient sound.

‘April’ is more coherent in displaying all of the members’ talents, with ridiculously down-tuned acoustic bass lines and enough percussion to keep Mike Portnoy happy. The song progresses into a sprawling soundscape, and is the highlight of the EP.

The problem, if you should choose to view it as one, is that ‘Perspective’ doesn’t go through many changes. Yes, the songs have been downscaled from their original heavier forms, but they all contain the same twinkling guitars and piano lines making it hard to distinguish one song from the next. When each track is as solid as each track is here, that can be acceptable, but it doesn’t supply a reason to keep coming back to the EP for repeated listens.

‘Perspective’ will be seen as a unique little 20 minutes in the TesseracT catalogue (unless they release an acoustic EP with a new vocalist after every album) and will be seen as a treat for the devoted fan. For the more casual listener, the Jeff Buckley cover is a fascinating track, but there isn’t enough variety over the five tracks to keep you coming back.

Rating – 6


About Scott Wilson

Having spent the last twenty years of his life telling his friends his opinion of the latest release by every band he has ever heard of, Scott is an enthusiastic journalist and keen writer. A fan of every genre of music, though his heart firmly belongs to rock, he has been spending far too much money on gigs and not enough on digs. Reachable by either email or Twitter where copious amounts of commentating and general excitement can also be found.

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