Live report TESSERACT ‘PORTALS’, Internet Stream – 12.12.2020

British prog metal enthusiasts TesseracT recently announced ‘P O R T A L S’, a cinematic live stream event. Show time is 20.00 CET on December 12th and before the guys start the event, a pre-show provides some interesting details via a Q&A session and some ‘behind the scene’ material, both providing a good impression of effort and ambition, band and production team have put into this event. Living up to all hygiene concepts these days means rehearsing with face-masks, not going out with the band for a meal,… You could say that it’s working in a bubble and it’s worth to watch this section since it provides insights when it comes to the effort of producing such a show in times of a pandemic.

TesseracT captured the event at Light Up Studios in Fareham, England, the right location for a stage set that isn’t sparing with light and light effects. It’s a movie sequence that starts the show before the band appears and get with the ‘Of Matter’-trilogy into the set. Filmed with six cameras, the visual quality is excellent and various angles give a good impression of what’s happening on stage. The live performance alternates with narrative sequences, making this show to more than solely a concert that’s streamed. These bridges also help to avoid silence after each song.

‘P O R T A L S’ is a creative Gesamtkunstwerk, done by a band that sees creativity in a wider context than music only. Being also hit by the COVID-based limitations, TesseracT use the momentum to produce an event that probably wouldn’t have been realized in a such a way under ‘normal’ circumstances and conditions. In the true meaning of ‘progressive’, the quintet stretch the frames of creativity and turn a challenge into an opportunity.

Next to light, lasers and cinematic moments, the sound is a crucial factor for the success of such an event. Streaming a concert in a decent quality demands effort and dedication. TesseracT took this investment and it pays back by an exquisite sound that let songs like ‘King’ and ‘Cages’ shine brightly. Also to mention in this context is the fact that some song, like ‘Cages’, have their live debut this night.

If you watch ‘P O R T A L S’ you might wonder what happened to drummer Jay Postones. Of course Jay is still part of the band and since he is living in Austin, Texas, travelling to the UK for this event just didn’t feel save enough these days. Therefor he wasn’t part of the show. Instead, Mike Malyan provided the heartbeat, being the hard-hitting drummer for the ‘P O R T A L S’ show.

So far so good, before things came to an unexpected end after appr. 1.5. hours. Everybody was hoping that the broken live stream is just a short ‘technical break’ before the message appeared on screen that “due to technical issues the end of the stream will need to be watched on demand after the stream”. This was an abrupt ending of a show that was impressive. It’s part of life being a pioneers that sometimes things can’t be foreseen and work out differently than expected, in this case technically.

If you missed ‘P O R T A L S’ on Saturday night, the show is also available on-demand until December 15th 2020, 23.59 GMT. (Update: extended to Friday, December 18th, 2020)

Setlist:

  1. Of Matter – Proxy
  2. Of Matter – Retrospect
  3. Of Matter – Resist
  4. King
  5. Concealing Fate, Part 1: Acceptance
  6. Concealing Fate, Part 2: Deception
  7. Concealing Fate, Part 3: The Impossible
  8. Tourniquet
  9. Beneath My Skin / Mirror Image
  10. Orbital
  11. Juno
  12. Cages
  13. Dystopia
  14. Phoenix
  15. Of Mind – Nocturne
  16. Eden
  17. Of Energy – Signularity
  18. Of Enegry – Embers
  19. Seven Names

Location: Internet Stream

Date: December 12th, 2020

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