Total Guitar - - ALBUMS -

With Po­laris hav­ing rock­eted Tesser­act to a new plane in the sat­u­rated tech metal sphere with its near-per­fect amal­gam of jud­der­ing gui­tars, tran­scen­den­tal sound­scapes and ef­fort­lessly-catchy vo­cal melodies, fourth ef­fort Son­der comes with hope at­tached. Rather than mess with a win­ning for­mula the band have tweaked each el­e­ment to make it again greater than the sum of its parts. The heavy gui­tar riffs con­tain more grit around the edges, while the clean tones seem to shim­mer, with funky basslines per­me­at­ing the dex­ter­ous vo­cals hooks of Juno and King. Though per­haps lack­ing the im­me­di­acy of its pre­de­ces­sor the likes of the mes­meric Or­bital nev­er­the­less present oth­er­worldly new realms to ex­plore. Adam Rees

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