Words: Mo Sheerin
Pics: © Olga Kuzmenko Photography
Between The Buried And Me brought their eclectic mix of progressive heavy metal to Dublin’s Tivoli theater supporting the UK’s Tesseract.
Kicking off with ‘The Proverbial Bellow’, the opening track from Automata II, they set a blistering pace and showed off with stellar musicianship that sets them aside from most bands in the current industry of metal.
Following with ‘The Coma Machine’ & ‘Dim Ignition’ from Coma Ecliptic, we get to see more of the talented band as they own the stage through the ups and downs and twists and turns of their ever meandering songs.
Next out of the blocks was ‘Millions’ from Automata I, and we are taken on a melodic journey before being brutally assaulted by the wondrous ‘Sun of Nothing’ from the band’s standout Colors album, a nice throwback, considering the limited time they had, to what could be considered a back catalogue song. Finishing their brief set with the thumping riffage of ‘Voice of Trespass’ we get to see a band at the peak of their own brilliance sweeping us through a series of jazzy metal riffs to the crescendo of the song and their time on stage.
From a critical point of view, the volume of the vocals was quite low but that doesn’t take away from the majesty of a band who really don’t deserve a support slot but headline status of their own.
Tesseract – Setlist
- Of Mind – Nocturne
- Concealing Fate, Part 2: Deception
- Concealing Fate, Part 3: The Impossible
- Of Matter – Proxy
- Of Matter – Retrospect
- Concealing Fate, Part 1: Acceptance
After such an illustrious performance by their counterparts, Tesseract then had the audience waiting with anticipation with an ambient light display on stage and an eerie background soundtrack as the final touches to soundcheck commenced.
Fifteen minutes of excitement and apprehension went by and Tesseract erupted with thunder with their opening track of the night, ‘Luminary’. Being the hit from the band’s latest album, Sonder, the crowd emerged into a frenzy.
The song was followed by ever famous ‘Of Mind: Nocturne’, which really captures the entirety of the bands long running history of being a pedigree within their genre. Yet another song where everyone in the audience knows the lyrics and vocalist Daniel Tompkins made his presence known within the venue. His vocals were on point and his range is truly mesmerizing, as they always have been.
Throughout the evening the band provided Dublin with a truly overwhelming performance. It was the tightest I have ever seen drummer Jay Postones play and it was a pleasure seeing him again. There is no doubt in my mind that he is one of the best drummers within modern metal and his style truly carries the band’s overall sound, besides the obviously dropped tuned delicacies of guitarists Acle Kahney and James Monteith, whose energy knew no bounds when belting out classic riffs from such songs as ‘Of Matter: Proxy’ and ‘Smile’.
The lighting and sound were ever-complementary to the bands sonic artistry, providing audience members with similar effects found in most of their music videos. This added an overall touch of familiarity and rave-like experience which was orchestrated in a particularly splendid manner.
All in all, a truly unforgettable night, and with it being such a shame that the Tivoli Theatre will be closing for good after so many years of providing sensational gigs to many a gig-goer in Dublin. It’s safe to say that Tesseract was truly the best climax and curtain call that this legendary theatre could have. Thank you to all the staff at Tivoli for providing us with so many wonderful memories including this fine evening.
Sláinte! *Raises glass*