with The Algorithm and Enochian Theory
@ O2 Islington Academy
16th May 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Katherine Tullett
May 27th finally saw the release of Altered State – the 2nd studio album by TesseracT and one of the most exciting albums to come out this year.
Shortly before the album was officially released, TesseracT went on a short UK tour to promote the new material. On 16th of May, the tour came to an end at the London’s O2 Academy Islington where TesseracT guys were joined on stage by Enochian Theory and The Algorithm.
The first band to take the stage is the very progressive Enochian Theroy.
With an ambient start of the set, Enochian Theory come across as experimentally sounding trio bringing a lot of emotion to their music.
They open tonight’s set with their latest single „This Aching Isolation” off of Life… And All it Entails.
Their music incorporates lots of instrumental parts sounding atmospheric and soulful, at some points reminding of Explosions In The Sky, Riverside and Tool.
Aside from performing material off their latest album Life… And All it Entails, Enochian Theory throw in tunes from their first full-length album Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio, like “The Dimensionless Monologue” and “Movement”.
However, Enochian Theory live performance somehow lacks the virtuosity and richness of their sound that is perfectly mastered on their records.
Enochian Theory songs are composed as stories with different musical transitions, build-ups and developments. If experimental/progressive rock is your kind of thing, make sure you check out Enochian Theory, as they won’t disappoint.
Next up is the highly anticipated artist The Algorithm from France who’s clearly here tonight to blow everyone away.
The Algorithm might have started out as one-man project in 2009, but today he is joined on stage by two fellow musicians – the very talented drummer of Monuments, Mike Malyan, and the extremely technical guitarist Max Michel.
It’s hard to explain what type of music The Algorithm actually perform, as it’s quite a mixture of electronic mathcore, progressive metal, djent, 8-bit, IDM and even reggae. Basically… If The Dillinger Escape Plan and Daft Punk had a baby, it would be The Algorithm.
The band manages to win over the audience within seconds, as their music has the ability to infatuate and captivate the listener.
The energy between the musicians on stage is electric and the interplay between the DJ deck, drums and the guitar is astounding.
As astonishing their music might sound live, they’re also a lot of fun to watch. It’s easy to tell that all three musicians on stage tonight are having a blast and their technical skills just leave you staring with you mouth wide open and covered with goose bumps. And once you know it, their set has already finished.
The Algorithm puts on an epic and really entertaining show that deserves a bigger crowd and venue.
Make sure you catch The Algorithm next time when they’re back in town or at Download Festival 2013. They will blow your mind.
What sets TesseracT apart from any other band is their signature ‘djent’ sound and the defiant approach to song writing.
To compose such technical music and then be able to perform it live without reducing its effect is not an easy job to do. However, TesseracT do it perfectly well.
Tonight they take the stage and start things off nice and easy presenting material off their 2013 album Altered State. It is well accepted by the audience, as it sounds immense and focuses on epic bass lines and various musical details.
Performances of “Deception”, “The Impossible” and “Perfection” off their 2011 full-length album One highlight the set, as they perfectly emphasize the dynamics of TesseracT music, while demonstrating the vocal abilities of Ashe O’Hara.
“Singularity” and “Nocturne” off Altered State go down as absolute classics, bringing in some TesseracT signature atmospherics and even more epic bass parts.
Musically, the band is in top form sounding tight and demonstrating mind-blowing technical skills. Ashe O’Hara owns the crowd without a question and his stage presence is persuasive.
The interplay between Acle Kahney’s and James Monteith’s guitars is rather glorious, while the rhythm section is sounding beyond impressive.
Amos Williams bass parts are real heavy and provide some epic dynamics, while Jay Postones blasts out striking groove beats and work around the most complex time signatures without a worry in the world.
They finish their set with “Acceptance” making the crowd sing along and go absolutely nuts. Once the show if over, crowd leaves the venue satisfied as they could not wish for a better performance.
Make sure you check out TesseracT’s Altered State if you’re into progressive rock/metal, ‘djent’, groove or experimental music in general. These guys are set to make a big name for themselves and by carrying on doing what they do best, they will clearly go far.