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Tetrafusion - Prog Metal Wunderkinds

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Meet Tetrafusion! From left to right: Mark Michell (7-string bass), Brooks Tarkington (vocals, guitars), J.C. Bryant (drums) and Gary Tubbs (vocals, keyboards).

Don't let their youthful looks fool you. These "kids" will kick your ass with their killer chops and the maturity of their songwriting and lyrics.

Tetrafusion’s blend of complex, technical metal blended with a highly-intellectual melodic structure offers an eclectic brand of progressive rock and metal along the lines of PORCUPINE TREE, RUSH, DREAM THEATER, CYNIC, TOOL, and MUSE.


Originally an instruPreview Windowmental band, the band released their debut record Absolute Zero to critical acclaim, which quickly launched the band into the underground metal scene, sans-vocals, along the likes of SCALE THE SUMMIT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, and CANVAS SOLARIS. It was hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2009 by ULTIMATE-GUITAR.COM.

"The album is based on the concept of the universe starting with the “Big Bang” and finishing with the universe’s demise, without a single word being uttered. The thing I love about this album is that it feels like an epic music journey from start to finish. “Absolute Zero” is a definite buy for people who like Dream Theater, Genesis, Between the Buried and Me, Yes, King Crimson, or progressive rock in general. ~ ARS0NiiST, Ultimate-Guitar.com


From the liner notes: Preview WindowAltered State is a culmination of profound new ideas from Tetrafusion, both musically and lyrically. Similar to their debut album, Absolute Zero, the music is crafted to suit the song's concept, but is this time complemented by deep lyrical content. The music depicts a wide array of emotions, creating musical atmospheres through unique harmonic progression, contrasting textures and sonic depth.

Altered State is Tetrafusion's first work to feature vocals, building an elaborate complex between kyrical and musical themes. Each respective track stands alone as an individual narrative and idea, but contributes a vital component to the thematic structure.

Staying true to their roots, the band decided that the title track should be instrumental, embodying the overarching concept of the album strictly through its melodic material.

Hopefully, this prologue offers some insight into the ideology behind the album, its meaning, purpose, message and carefully-crafted theme.

Commented Mark Michell in a recent interview with EXAMINER.COM about the new release: "We really took a new direction musically. It's our first record to feature vocals, and we didn't want to have Absolute Zero, Part 2 with vocals over it, so we decided to just completely change our approach. I think Altered State's biggest slogan is "substance over style", where as our debut was very style-oriented and straight forward.

"We definitely have our progressive, crazy fast heavy moments, but we took a step back and gave it a lot more atmosphere which is something I think we needed on many levels."

"We are truly thankful for your support; enjoy listening! ~Tetrafusion

Read Mark's entertaining interview in its entirety.

And, when you're done with that...check out their videos. A lot of cool behind-the-scenes footage!


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