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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #11 – A new year comes after… last year

March 19th, 2014

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It’s been nine months since the last installment of ProgTology. That’s partly due to James “Metal” Monteith touring the world with his excellent band, TesseracT, but also because we’re lazy. Either way, let’s talk about the significant goings on…

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #10 – Getting to Download Festival? As easy as riding a bike…

June 11th, 2013

It’s fair to say James Monteith has been a bit busy releasing TesseracT‘s excellent second album, Altered State. That’s why this is his first post in eight months, but he’s already taken up a new challenge – cycling to Donington. From London. Hopefully without vomiting. Yeah, right…

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Just over two months ago I was minding my own business, scratching my balls, watching the clock count down to 27 May (Altered State release date), when Prog editor, Jerry Ewing emailed me about The Heavy Metal Truants bike ride. At first I thought it was a joke – especially coming from Jerry, who doesn’t look like he’s ever sat on a bike, let alone up for a 161-mile bike ride – but after a few days of harassment I realized it was for real, and after reading about the event and the charities it supports, I was very intrigued and decided I had to get involved.

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #9 – On losing vocalists, winning awards, and bringing it back from the brink

October 17th, 2012

It’s been a bit of a rough year for the guys from TesseracT. We browbeat their guitarist, James Monteith, into telling us the inside story of just what’s been going on with them these last few months.

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Let’s be straight up; the last year has pretty much sucked for TesseracT. We lost our singer from our debut album, much to the disappointment of fans, we parted ways with our US management, lost our US booking agent and stopped getting any gig offers in the UK / Europe.

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #8 – Madball @ Hevy Fest 2012

August 1st, 2012

In the latest installment of djent’s chuckled answer to sobriety and common sense, James Monteith of the mighty TesseracT tells you why you should go and see Madball this weekend. It makes sense.

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Madball are better than your favourite hardcore band.

I’m super excited about going to Hevy festival this week as it’s possibly my favourite festival line up all year: Meshuggah, Converge, Glassjaw, Will Haven, The Safety Fire, Hundred Reasons, Campus… and the kings of metallic hardcore, MADBALL. Oh yes.

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #7 – Download Festival 2012

July 12th, 2012

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Okay, so this isn’t strictly a new column from James, but we did catch up with Mr Monteith backstage at this year’s Download Festival, where we cajoled him in front of our camera to talk about what really happened with regards to Elliot Coleman, to reminisce about that time he was sick all over Raz’s shoes, and to speculate on how much we’d have to pay him to get him to repeat his journo-vomiting technique over our contributor Tom Dare’s hair. 

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #6 – Record Store Day

April 20th, 2012

Here’s a great account from TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith about why he feels strongly about Record Store Day. He’s in a band so is actually naturally part of RSD every single day. It’s also a great way for us to brag about what we got from Record Store Day last year.

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Another blog within a month? No way. Well I pulled my finger out for this one as it’s Record Store Day this weekend, and it was something I felt I should comment on. Independently-owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music; there are special vinyl and CD releases, gigs and a whole bunch of stuff and it happens all over the world. Cool eh?

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #5 – SXSW 2012

April 11th, 2012

So James Monteith, intrepid TesseracT guitarist and Thrash Hits columnist found himself in Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest music festival again. He didn’t puke, but he did drink tequila, see a load of cool bands and hang out with loads of cool people. Cool. He’s written about it AND answered a question from the postbag. Whoop.

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After another eventful SXSW, I thought, “It’s time to write another column.” If you read my SXSW column last year (or have seen the countless comments referring to the incident), you may be aware of my minor vomit spillage on Thrash Hits Editor, Raz’s shoes in the Dirty Dog bar. As one who enjoys a little nostalgia, the temptation to relive the moment in the same venue at the Metal Hammer showcase, standing in the same spot as last year, was overwhelming.

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #4 – Guitar porn. Gear geeks, roll up

August 22nd, 2011

Ahead of some big news (coming tomorrow), here’s the fourth installment of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith periodical column. He tells you everything you could ever want to know about his guitar. Explicitly. Geekfest.

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The festivals have been good this year and there was much partying to be had – especially in celebration of us filling our tent at Sonisphere, which none of us expected at all. Since when have we been a popular band, eh?

Anyway, after a few beers in the bar at Soni I got chatting to Thrash Hits editor, Raz about the next column – my ideas mainly consist of stupid stories of festival debauchery – but apparently anecdotes of Jay (drummer) getting my cock out in the VIP bar [not cool, James – Raz] and vomitting on Prog mag writer Holly Wright’s shoes [I know how this feels – Raz] are too low-brow for this site. So we decided to do a gear chat instead and I quite like talking about gear, and as I’m in a rig transition period, it’s actually good timing!

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #3b – To tour is to FAIL. Repeatedly

May 31st, 2011

After the first part of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s recollection of the more musical and work-based exploits while on tour across America, the second details every single one of the band’s fuck ups and fails along the way. Some mothers do ‘ave ’em…

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The show must go on… A tour is never without its problems, however this one has been particularly plagued by bad luck and stupidity. When stuff goes wrong you just have to deal with it, laugh and carry on no matter how serious.

Here are our Thirteen Fails in chronological order:

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #3a – On tour across the USA

May 10th, 2011

The chicken-fried steak stories were a good clue as to this column’s future but TesseracT guitarist James Monteith has checked in with so many stories from their current US tour that we’ve had to split his third column into two parts. We’ll start with the useful stuff: guitar lessons, shooting Maylene and the Sons of Disaster with BB guns and… what’s that about a second album? OH!

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We’re a month and a bit into our North American tour. We’ve played over 20 shows, made some great new friends, seen all kinds of weather conditions, I’ve grown a full beard, shaved it off, and started to grow another again. It’s been eventful.

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