“Shredding over the top is what all prog-metal does – we have a Pink Floyd approach to lead rather than John Petrucci”: Nobody djents like TesseracT – and two decades in, the tech-metal heroes are making their most mind-bendingly intricate riffs yet

TesseracT guitarists Acle Kahney and James Monteith perform live
(Image credit: Sarah Maiden)

It’s been half a decade since the British titans of prog-metal last gifted us with a new studio album. In the intervening years, interest in technically astounding progressive guitar music has boomed, with artists like Polyphia, Plini and Jakub Zytecki leading the new-school charge. But, as TesseracT return this September with War of Being – a high-concept, low-strung beast of an LP – their position as leaders in the cerebral guitar space remains in rock-solid stead. 

With nine tracks stretching to over an hour's worth of seven-string adventures, War of Being absolutely dwarfs 2018’s Sonder in size and scope – just as its 11-minute odyssey of a teaser single seemed to promise it would.

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.