TESSER­ACT

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live Reviews - DAN­NII LEIVERS

BE­TWEEN THE BURIED AND ME,/PLINI

SHEP­HERDS BUSH EM­PIRE, LON­DON

An ex­cited queue snaking around the venue be­fore doors open is tes­ta­ment to the strength of this prog­tas­tic bill. Up first, Aussie gui­tar wiz PLInI has only re­leased one al­bum, but ev­ery tech afi­cionado here is geek­ing out over his proggy, jazz-flecked melange. North Carolina’s Be­TWeen

THe BurIeD anD Me are in­stru­men­tally mind­blow­ing from fren­zied opener The Prover­bial Bel­low through to off-its-tits closer Voice Of Tres­pass. But frus­trat­ingly, Tommy Giles’ vo­cals are lost in the chaos, blunt­ing the force of their im­pact. Prog metal trail­blaz­ers TeSSer­aCT, how­ever, are crys­tal clear and on right­eous form. Sell­ing out this venue is a mas­sive deal, the well-de­served re­sult of 15 years of con­sis­tent growth and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. That’s af­firmed by the dot­ing crowd who go batty the en­tire evening, start­ing with the crunch and shim­mer of Son­der’s Lu­mi­nary and the dark, deep grooves of early One ma­te­rial. Dan Tomp­kins’ vo­cals are glo­ri­ous through­out, es­pe­cially on Phoenix and Sur­vival, then to­wards the end of the set he leaps into the crowd. With his legs in the air, head be­neath a knot of surg­ing bod­ies, ev­ery lung in the room is scream­ing the cho­rus to King in joy­ous uni­son. A late con­tender for set of the year.

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