TesseracT release new single ‘The Grey’ via immersive video game War Of Being

TesseracT release new single ‘The Grey’ via immersive video game War Of Being

16th August 2023 0 By John Deaux

Following their earth-shattering return with an announcement of a world tour, new single and epic 11-minute cinematic video for title track ‘War Of Being’, UK prog-metal luminaries TesseracT continue their journey into The Strangeland in the form of new single ‘The Grey’.

Watch the visualizer for the track here: https://youtu.be/LvLMaL0THhw

‘The Grey’ is the second song taken from TesseracT‘s forthcoming War Of Being album, released on 15th September via Kscope.

‘The Grey’ builds on signature grooves that undulate in TesseracT’s sound, flanked by polyrhythmic rhythms tied together by the band’s iconic melodies. It’s yet another example of the multi-faceted appeal of their sound and proves that they can craft immediate and affecting tracks just as masterfully as their epic 11-minute opuses. 

Regarding the track, Amos Williams had the following to say: 

“‘The Grey’ explores the story and character within The Strangeland of the same name. A character who has suppressed their own voice to the point that they have blended into the shadows, their story lost amongst the white noise of the world. Through the song, we experience their journey as they wrestle with their frustration and sorrow at how they have ended up this way. 

“It’s a powerful, energetic piece that pushes each member of TesseracT to a next level of musicianship and expression. And continues to shine a light upon the diversity that can be expected from War Of Being.” 

Alongside the release of the single is a fully functional, immersive video game titled War Of Being. Launched on 11th August, the user can enter the world of the album bridging the gap between listening and experience to create a living, breathing concept that brings you closer to the world of TesseracT than ever before.

In celebration of the early access game, the band has made a visualizer for the single which incorporates areas seen in the game alongside the track itself. 

In the game’s ‘Early Access’ fans can expect to explore several surreal landscapes, meet characters from the concept of War Of Being and solve puzzles in order to unlock parts of TesseracT’s second single ‘The Grey’. The end of the game will unlock the full song where the player can listen from within the same breathtaking landscapes used in the ‘War Of Being’ music video. 

Download and play here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2475790/War_Of_Being

After finishing the album recording in August 2022, singer and frontman of TesseracT, Daniel Tompkins immediately began his focus on developing the War Of Being VR and desktop computer game based entirely on the album’s original concept, created by Amos Williams and himself. Tompkins is the lead designer and developer of the game alongside Adam Boyt (Programmer / Developer) and Kirsty Harvey (3D Designer).

Regarding the game, Dan said the following: 

“As a keen gamer and live streamer, I have always understood the potential waiting for a musical project to bridge the gap between the gaming and music worlds, and with such a visually stunning concept, I could see that this was the perfect opportunity to bring it to life in virtual reality and as a desktop game.

“This has been without a doubt the biggest project I have personally ever undertaken and is a huge achievement for our developers. It has pushed us to our absolute limits and I’m so proud to have accomplished the beginnings of a fully developed game on Steam.”

The game will be available exclusively on Steam for £4.99 UK and playable in VR on Viva / Rift S and Oculus accompanied by a SteamDeck playable version.

War Of Being was recorded at Middle Farm Studios in the United Kingdom with Peter Miles (Architects/Sylosis/Dodie) co-producing with the band alongside Katherine Marsh of Choir Noir (Bring Me The Horizon / Architects / Marillion). Assisting with additional programming and production, the band were joined by Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend). With additional engineering by Forrester Savell (Karnivool). The artwork, which features characters ‘ex’ and ‘el’ was created in collaboration between AI and human as a means to extend the concept into its presentation.

TesseracT online:

https://www.tesseractband.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/tesseractband
https://www.instagram.com/tesseractband
https://twitter.com/tesseractband
https://open.spotify.com/artist/23ytwhG1pzX6DIVWRWvW1r
https://kscopemusic.com/artists/tesseract

TesseracT are:

Daniel Tompkins (vocals)
Acle Kahney (guitar)
James Monteith (guitar)
Amos Williams (bass) 
Jay Postones (drums)

Alongside the brand new album the band will be embarking on a worldwide tour that will begin in 2023 running through to 2024, performing shows throughout the US, EU, UK, Asia and Australia with support from Intervals, Unprocessed, Alluvial and The Callous Daoboys.

UK dates are as follows: 

Feb 20: UK Nottingham Nottingham Rock City
Feb 21: UK Birmingham O2 Institute
Feb 22: UK Bristol O2 Academy
Feb 23: UK London O2 Forum Kentish Town
Feb 24: UK Manchester O2 Ritz
Feb 25: UK Glasgow SWG 3 Studio Warehouse
Feb 27: IE Dublin Academy

Tickets onsale from: https://www.tesseractband.co.uk/tour-dates

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