Ruins Daniel Tompkins
- 1Wounded Wings (Feat. Plini)05:52
- 4Stains of Betrayal04:52
- 5Empty Vows03:58
- 6Sweet the Tongue04:29
- 7A Dark Kind of Angel04:38
- 8The Gift (Feat. Matthew K Heafy)03:53
Info for Ruins
“Ruins” is Tompkins re-interpretation of the title track of his debut album “Castles” Daniel explains the song and video’s meaning “’Ruins’ is a rollercoaster of a song and a true reflection of all that we're about, musically. It touches on the original concept surrounding fractured relationships, tragic mistakes, compulsion and addiction - the things that can cause irreparable harm to people's lives and 'Ruins' represents the aftermath.
The song was co-produced between my good friend Paul Ortiz (Chimp Spanner) and myself. Having released Castles in 2019 (Produced by Eddie Head) I had the urge to recreate and inject a new life into it as a prog rock / metal record with the help of Paul who rewrote the music from scratch. Vocally, I really feel that this track is a very honest reflection of where my head is currently at and perhaps a nod to things to come both vocally and musically!
The music video produced by Kyle Kadow and Steven Cleavland of 'Found Format Films' see's Paul and myself performing for the first time with a guitar in hand on greenscreen with some fantastic VFX. The style and theme of the video, inspired by the original song ‘Castles’, centres around the theme of corruption, compulsion and revenge, as we see the characters slowly intoxicated by their own greed, ultimately leading to their own destruction and their lives left in Ruins.”
“The dramatic soundscapes Dan Tompkins creates really are on another level, standing above the current crop of vocalists out there. Tesseract are destined for great things with a frontman leading the charge like this…one of the best vocals in modern metal” – SCUZZ TV (UK)
“There are so many musicians out there who jump from genre to genre and experiment with different kinds of sound but not all of them are able to pull it off. Out there, a bunch of them have the ability to make things so awkward, you’d just want to question what they were thinking. But then again, there are the special ones, the ones who shine in the dark and shine even brighter against the sun. The One’s who fully understand and are able to control their capabilities and of course the ones who actually know how to take things to the next level. They have this gift in whatever they do, it just works. One man who’s got this gift is UK-based vocalist, Daniel Tompkins – PULP MAGAZINE (MANILA)
“White Moth Black Butterfly strips down Tompkins’ songwriting to its most visceral form yet. The leftfield ambient project also features some of the most eminent musicians to have grazed his vocal prowess, and for all their grandiose instrumentation and spectral soundscaping on record, their aural synapse in the live domain is definitely something to look forward to” – Vh1
Daniel Tompkins, guitar
Matthew K Heafy, vocals, guitar
Paul Ortiz, guitar, keyboards
is a award winning and innovative British singer / songwriter, widely recognised for fronting progressive metal band TesseracT with his unique live performances and unmistakable dramatic soundscapes on the highly acclaimed albums ‘One’, ‘Polaris’ and ‘Sonder’
Since 2008 Daniel has established himself as a highly respected vocalist with a dedicated worldwide fan base. Arguably one of the busiest collaborative vocalists, Daniel’s voice has been celebrated as one of the best in modern progressive rock and metal.
Having released several successful rock / metal records (see discography), in recent times, Daniel has demonstrated his natural ability to marry his sound to various genres and yet remain in mesmerising control of his audience.
Much more than a recording artist, he is an accomplished performer having toured the world earning a host of awards and honours from ‘Metal Hammer’ Golden God nominations to 5K Kerrang! live reviews. Alongside TesseracT, Daniel has shared the stage with artists such as Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Gojira, Devin Townsend, Steven Wilson and many more.
Looking to the future Daniel maintains his focus on TesseracT but also balances his time between his creative outlet as a solo artist, White Moth Black Butterfly, ZETA and his vocal coaching, continuing to create a strong impression within the music industry.
“Rightly lauded for his supreme technical skills” – CLASH
“Wildly experimental and curiously accessible” – Metal Hammer
“Experimental, accessible and quite brilliant” – Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine
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