Live Review: TesseracT at Koko, London
UK progressive giants TesseracT took to the stage at Camden’s KOKO for the London date of latest European tour. Label mates Nordic Gians from Brighton and American prog-metallers The Contortionist were the opening acts that captivated and warmed up the audience.
Opening track “Phoenix” hit the audience with a powerful vocal line and unequivocal might and presence. For the whole show, the clever use of lighting and strobes played a huge role in creating visual character; even though so, music managed to exceed the stunning visuals. If I ever had to find a fault or a glitch to this show the only one that comes to my mind is that I would have loved a few more tracks from the Polaris Album. With that said, the British band delivered the perfect show, from a musical, technical and entertaining standpoint, the show was an outstanding of
The Contortionist_B&W-1Vocalist Daniel Tompkins belted out soaring melodic vocal lines effortlessly whilst groove machine and drummer Jay Postones was solid as ever. Without being cliché, this band operated like a well-oiled machine on stage. Scrap that… a high tech computer from the year 2150! A guest appearance by Martin Grech on track “Hexes” provided a stunning duet vocal performance, which contained beautiful improvised harmonies from both vocalists. The night concluded with two huge favourites of mine. The penultimate track featured Daniel Tompkins’ own take on “Nocturne”. Whilst the original track featured beautifully crafted vocals by the previous singer Ashe O’hara, Dan’s spin on the song was arguably even better!
The conclusion of the set came with “Concealing Fate Part 1”. Ironically, as this was the first track of the first release the band had put out, the choice of ending with this track made the set feel like it had some sort of cyclical feeling. Rather than an ending, it felt more like the band was completing a cycle. The whole venue belted out the lyrics back at the band and as we reached the final section of the track, and the lights went up – all around the striking venue you could only see faces of pure bliss.