English prog metal outfit Tesseract have announced their first new LP in five years, “War Of Being”, set for release on September 15 via Kscope. The Milton Keynes-born band has also shared the album’s title track and you can watch its official video below.
The story behind the album focuses on the saga of “The Strangeland.” Reads the band’s synopsis: “The Dream has crash landed and ‘ex’ and ‘el’ awaken to find themselves in ‘The Strangeland,’ facing a foe known simply as “Fear,” the two are separated and so begins the journey of War of Being…”.
“‘War of Being’ is a fight for acceptance, a battle of existence and a resistance against ego,” comments vocalist Daniel Tompkins. “It’s a struggle for control as we cut through the white noise of reality. It’s the need to know and identify with oneself, to accept and understand what we stand for and who we are. There is an urgent need to ‘Tear the mask away,’ and reveal your true self.”
Regarding the album, bassist Amos Williams states: “War Of Being’ has been all-encompassing for us since late 2019. After I returned home from filming ‘Portals’, I found myself in such a deeply introspective headspace. The scale of work and reward from that project kind of set this up to be inevitable. We simply had to try and see how far we could take a concept album with Tesseract. Within these songs the band has given life to the themes and ideas that are personified within the characters of ‘The Strangeland’ story. It’s certainly been a catharsis and a way for me to explore the internal dissonance.”
“War Of Being” was recorded at Middle Farm Studios in the United Kingdom, with Peter Miles (Architects, Sylosis, Dodie) co-producing with the band alongside Katherine Marsh of Choir Noir (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Marillion). You can pre-order the album here.
“War Of Being” tracklisting:
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Alongside the brand new LP, Tesseract will embark on a worldwide tour that will begin in 2023 running through to 2024 performing shows in throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. Intervals, Unprocessed, Alluvial and The Callous Daoboys will support the trek.
Check all dates below.