With the addition of MEB favorite Elliot Coleman (Zelliack, ex-Of Legends, ex-Sky Eats Airplane) to the TesseracT family, the fanbase has seemingly split into two factions. One is that only former vocalist Dan Tompkins is the rightful singer of TesseracT, and the other is in favor of Coleman’s arguably more diverse vocal range. When the “Eden 2.0” single was released a few months ago, it brought the factions closer together.
Coleman’s first official release with the band, the Perspective EP, shows the entire band as never before, stripping them down to acoustics. Being at an acoustic level brings his vocals even more to the forefront as compared to writing metal songs like “Eden 2.0,” which is also included on this release.
The anticipation built prior to Perspective has been a rollercoaster, but it’s the perfect calm before the inevitable storm. “Perfection” is a very ambient song that features some minimal electronics that help build the atmosphere, piano to soften the mood, and acoustic guitars that build character. What can honestly be said about Coleman’s vocals that haven’t been said before? He goes to great lengths to stretch his abilities even further than the critically acclaimed Noir Tone EP by his other group Zelliack, which is a R&B effort with ex-Of Legends and ex-Sky Eats Airplane bandmate Zack Ordway.
The bass kicks in with the next track “April.” This shows more instrumental effort on the other members part that helps re-define TesseracT as a whole and shows they can do anything with their music. There’s plenty of progressive goodness to be found with the guitar and bass combo. Drummer Jay Postones seems like he tries really hard to not get heavier with the music and he keeps it at a beat to match the other instruments. Near the end, the instruments get much broader in sound, as does Coleman, who rises right up in the middle of them.
But if one track shows the band at one of their all time finest moments, it is “Origin.” You will have to listen to it to get the full effect of which can’t be put into words. If you’re a fan of TesseracT, you’ve no doubt heard “Eden 2.0” by now. This EP has redefined the band, but is not completely left field of their older days. Their next album is expected to be out next year, but maybe it will come out this year? Who knows what the future holds, but whatever it does, there are no disappointments on this EP.