There are two ways to look at this album, given that the interwebz is a scary place, and a user can often discover new material having completely missed its origins, like I have. I came across the British progressive metal band TesseracT right as Daniel Tompkins, not to be confused with the sixth Vice President of the United States, was leaving the band and Elliot Coleman, a DC/Marylander, stepped up to the cricket plate. I watched a few TesseracT studio session videos on YouTube, a few of Elliot being a beautiful beast live, and a slew of vocal audition covers as Elliot’s departure was announced. So while I knew what TesseracT sounds like, especially with all of the “djent” bands who followed, I never listened to One, their debut album, until AFTER I listened to Altered State at least 4 or 5 times in its entirety.

These days there are almost as many sub genres as metal bands themselves. Things from metalcore to death metal to sludge, one of the newest sub genre is djent. Djent is a progressive metal styled coined by Meshuggah and brought to the forefront by Periphery. The name is an onomatopoeia for heavily palm-muted, distorted chords, one of the latest bands taking on the sound of Djent is TesseracT. TesseracT are 4 blokes from England and a newly recruited Yankee named…

Bassist Amos Williams from the progressive metal band TesseracT took some time out of his busy touring schedule to speak with us about the band’s latest release, One. The UK based progressive metal band is currently touring the United States with Protest The Hero and Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster. Here’s how the conversation went.