Altered State
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 12 October, 2010
Playing time: 51:01

Listening to the sophomore effort of Tetrafusion for this review was my first encounter with the band but hopefully not the last. This is awesome progressive metal!

Originating in the American south, Louisiana to be more precise, Tetrafusion started out as a group playing only instrumental music. This has changed on “Altered State”. Since I personally have not heard their first album it is not such a big thing for me, but for those that are perhaps a bit concerned about this development, I can assure you that the vocals are actually pretty good. They take nothing away from the awesome musicianship displayed on the album. All musicians here are very accomplice and the music is rather complicated without it turns into wank.

How to describe the music? Of course when describing progressive metal of such quality a band like Dream Theater springs to mind as well Swedish proggers Ritual. Another band that keeps coming to mind while listening to the music is Muse, partly because of the vocals. Often jazz influence is audible witch of course brings Cynic to mind as well.

The production of the whole lot is of course excellent and very crisp, as it should be for this kind of music.

If you are in any way into progressive rock or progressive metal or experimenting music of any kind this is something you will have to check out!


1. Collage of the Present (9:42)
2. Monologue (4:45)
3. Last Chance (5:28)
4. The Deserter (6:55)
5. Altered State (5:08)
6. Shadows (6:01)
7. Tears of the Past (12:39)

Label: Nightmare Records
Promotion: Connecting Music
Artwork rating: 81/100
Reviewed by: Steen Schøn
Date: 27 February, 2011