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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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Bands

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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Bands

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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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #2 – A Djentlemen’s Guide to SxSW

April 4th, 2011

After the awesomeness of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s first column about Djent and self-indulgence, he checks in from on the road – the prog-metallers are currently on their second US tour – with his second column all about how to party hard at South By South West

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Sitting on the washing machine in a launderette is a great place to be when on tour. With no Wi-Fi and the mellowing rumble of the drums, it’s a serene place to reflect on times past, and what a crazy week I’ve just had. I’m at the start of the TesseracT tour with Protest The Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster which is awesome, and I’ve just come from Austin, Texas and the South By South West festival.

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PROTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #1 – Mindful (Non) Self Indulgence

March 1st, 2011

We’re big fans of UK prog metallers, TesseracT. One night, we were out with their guitarist, James Monteith, dousing our insides with whiskey and we thought he had as much crap to say as we do so we asked him if he’d write a column. After we reminded him the next morning afternoon, he agreed again. Here it is. He’s kicking off with explanations, complaints and shit jokes. Class.

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Hello, I’m James and I play guitar in prog metal – or as we’re more commonly called – “djent” band Tesseract.

First off, let’s get the djent thing out of the way, which I guess I must address, given the column name. There’s a lot of division in our community of bands and critics about this word, whether it’s: truely representative of the overall sound; a gimmick, or just plain stupid.

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