After seeing TesseracT’s headline show at the Basick Records 5th Birthday Party, albeit instrumental, we couldn’t wait to see the show the following Wednesday in Nottingham. The chances were that Dan Tompkins illness would prevent him from appearing but there was still a glimmer of hope… Wednesday night arrived as did a lot of people at The Old Angel in Nottingham for the TesseracT show. Also on the bill that night were progressive metallers Lithurgy from Brighton, technical metal post hardcore pioneers Galleons and metalcore quintet DAOR, both hailing from Nottingham.

With the large crowd gathering, skinny jeans and hair seemed to be the order of the day, it was almost show time. So a quick pint of the black stuff was consumed before heading up the stairs to the show.

First up were local favourites DAOR with their brand of thrash tinged metalcore, their set consisted on tracks from their self-released EP, “From The Bleeding River”. Despite one or two technical problems, which had they not mentioned would have gone unnoticed, they put on a really good show. The band were extremely tight and technically proficient, matching the impressive vocals of Tom Walker. Highlights of the set were ‘This Great Divide’, ‘Forsaken’ and ‘168’. Definitely a band to catch if they play in a town near you!

Another local favourite, Galleons, took to the stage next. These guys really know how to put on a show, with guitarist Tom Arizmendi and vocalist Tom Sears spending the majority of the set in the pit with the punters! Despite breaking a string moments before hitting the stage and having to use the backup guitar… the set was immense. If your cup of tea is made up of Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan then you have to see Galleons play, get their EP or both… You won’t be sorry!

Main support came in the shape of Brighton’s progressive metallers Lithurgy. A very solid, polished performance, masses of energy with each of the band members giving their all. The stage at The Old Angel isn’t the biggest so there were a few logistical problems for Lithurgy with having three vocalists but they managed to complete the set without major incident. Although they were musically very different from the first two bands they seemed to go down very well with the sizable crowd.

So it was now time for the main event, TesseracT! Unfortunately, Dan Tompkin’s illness had again ruled him out of the show, more disappointingly it was his home town show too! However, James Monteith, Acle Kahney, Amos Williams and Jay Postones treated the crowd to an instrumental performance of the “Concealing Fate EP” in its entirety. Having already witnessed it at the Basick Records 5th Birthday Party, I knew the audience were in for a treat. There is something special about the music of TesseracT that it lends itself so well to being instrumental; at no point during the set did it feel lacking or wanting… That’s not to say that Dan’s vocals are no longer wanted, they most certainly are! TesseracT will now hop across the pond to play a few shows with Devin Townsend before heading to India to play a show with Meshuggah!

A great show from all of the bands that left the crowd heading home with smiles on their faces!