Daniel Tompkins - Ruins
Cat. no: KSCOPE681
Release Date: 11th December 2020
Daniel Tompkins Releases New Album - Ruins - A New Interpretation Of His Debut Solo Album Castles On 11th December On Kscope. Features Guest Appearances From Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Paul Ortiz (Chimpspanner) And Plini
May 2019 saw TesseracT’s lead vocalist and songwriter release his debut solo album ‘Castles’, his first foray into a more pop rock electronic sound.
‘Ruins’ sees Tompkins rework Castles. The lyrical and conceptual side still represents the same ideas as ‘Castles’, but with more aggression musically, showcasing a truer and darker tone. With the new version being significantly different to ‘Castles’, it was felt that renaming the album and each song was appropriate - aside from the lyrics, it is essentially a completely new album.
‘Ruins’ was created by producer and friend Eddie Head (Haji’s Kitchen) & also features guest artists and additional cocreators. Paul Ortiz (Chimpspanner) rewrote the music and acted as co-producer alongside Tompkins, and Plini plays guitar on opener ‘Wounded Wings’. First single ‘The Gift’ features Trivium frontman and guitarist, Matt Heafy, a friend of Tompkins who is also a prominent streamer on Twitch. When Matt agreed to contribute to ‘The Gift’, Tompkins wrote the parts and Heafy recorded them from his home studio and live on Twitch. “It was an honour to be featured on ‘The Gift’. Having been a long-time fan of Tesseract and Dan, this was a wonderful collaboration to take part of. People are going to be floored with this release.”
A diverse vocalist, Tompkins has established himself as a highly respected artist with a dedicated worldwide fanbase garnered from his work with the global progressive metal sensations TesseracT and Skyharbor. In addition, he has collaborated with percussive guitarist Jon Gomm (a recently-signed Kscope label mate). Dan is also a member of the experimental and pop-orientated White
Moth Black Butterfly. His versatility as a vocalist and musician is showcased across all these acts & also with his more accessible solo material.
Tompkins has confirmed he will be supporting the release of ‘Ruins’ with his first solo live shows in 2021, already confirmed is the UK’s Radar Festival.
‘Ruins’ will be released on CD digipak with an 8-page booklet and digitally.
Tracks: Wounded Wings ( feat Plini ) ( 05:53 ) / Ruins ( 05:29 ) / Tyrant ( 04:56 ) / Stains Of Betrayal ( 04:52 ) / Empty Vows ( 03:58 ) / Sweet The Tongue ( 04:30 ) / A Dark Kind Of Angel ( 04:38 ) / The Gift ( feat Matthew L Heafy ) ( 03:53 )