Progressive metal band Tesseract released their new song “Smile” a few weeks ago. I’m fashionably late to this release, but I knew of its existence the day of. I just forgot to write about it.
The new single features an unusual mix for Tesseract, who usually rely heavily on the bass and drums to deliver a polyrhythmic feel and groove. In this song however the guitar, melody and string synths envelope the rhythm, causing a weird foray into a spacey and old radio buzz sound.
While the bass and drums are still prominent, the main focus seems to rely less on them in this first track and more on the vocal abilities of returning vocalist Daniel Tompkins.
The as of yet unnamed album is currently in the process of completion, it looks like. When an announcement will be made, I’m unsure.