Here it is, the press release TesseracT fans have been waiting for since rumours surfaced this weekend that vocalist Dan Tompkins had left the band. I’ll dive straight into the text now and give you some thoughts after the jump.
“Progressive metallers TesseracTare very excited to announce that Elliot Coleman has joined the band as lead vocalist. Elliot’s huge range, distinctive character and brutal roars demonstrated on his work with OMNOM, Sky Eats Airplane and Zelliackmade him the perfect replacement for former vocalist, Dan Tompkins.
TesseracT bassist, Amos Williams, makes the introduction: “We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce somebody special, Elliot Coleman. Some of you may know him as a member of Zelliack, Sky Eats Airplane and Of Legends, or maybe from OMNOM, or Haunted Shores. Well now he’s part of TesseracT! We’re very excited about working with Elliot as we feel he has a great talent and personality, as well as, and most importantly a voice that transcends the norm and continues the TesseracT tradition of taking things to the next level.”
Elliot’s catalogue of work is as impressive as it is extensive including numerous appearances with Haunted Shores and a guest spot on Periphery‘s track “Race Car”. He most recently played bass in Washington DC tech metallers Of Legends, but as a passionate vocalist, he jumped at the chance to front TesseracT.
Elliot comments: “ I’m very much excited to be a part of the juggernaut that is TesseracT. I know I have big shoes to fill as Dan is a fantastic vocalist, but i’m confident that we’ll be producing some great new music in the coming year and i’ll be adding some new flavours to this ever evolving machine” Former vocalist Dan Tompkins left the band in July due to other life priorities.
Dan explains: “It is with a heavy heart that I must announce I am leaving TesseracT. This has been the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career as a singer. My priorities in life have changed and as such I can no longer continue with the band. Our friendships are strong and I wish to thank Acle, Mos, Jay and James for all their support and dedication over the past few years. We have achieved great things, travelled the world and met many incredible people and I stand proud to say that I have been a part of the band’s success and helped to carve a wonderful album. I will hold onto these memories for the rest of my life. It has been an incredible journey and it is certainly not the end for myself or TesseracT. I look forward to new beginnings and wish my good friends all the very best for the future.”
Amos continues: “You know, when you travel so far and spend so much time together, as well as achieving as much as we have over the past three years, you become like family. And it is precisely because of that close bond that we fully understand and respect Dan’s choice to no longer be a part of TesseracT. We are and will always be close friends, and hope there will be a time in the future when we will work together again. Thank you buddy for being part of the TesseracT journey, we will always have fond memories of the Dan Tompkins years!”
Approaching the line up adjustment as a progression rather than a setback, the band is already hard at work writing the follow up to the critically acclaimed album, “One” with Elliot.
The band head out on their ‘Lowering The Tone’ headline tour throughout Europe in September and October before heading to the US for the ‘Saints and Sinners’ Tour in November and December with Animals as Leaders and Between The Buried and Me.”
I can honestly say I was pretty shocked about the news when I heard – all but confirmed by that point. I’m also sad that a vocalist of Dan’s calibre is moving on from a band that released one of my favourite albums of this year so far, but what a lot of people seem to overlook is that people have lives and priorities beyond their jobs, and often things are irreconcilable. There’s been a MASSIVE reaction to this, both positive and negative, the latter of which I think is absolutely barmy. The wellwishers have been optimistic and welcoming – if not a little premature with their adulation, given any concrete evidence of how Elliot will sound in TesseracT – but the doomsayers have ranged from ignorantly dismissive to ABSOLUTE FOAMING CAPS-LOCK RAGE OMG LOL.
I’ve heard from a number of reliable sources that Elliot has already recorded some stuff for the band (this news isn’t a sudden decision, trust me) and it sounds fantastic, so I’m just going to sit quietly in my pillow fort and wait for Lowering the Tone whilst the battle of evermore rages on overhead. I’ve purposefully stayed away from any of Elliot’s old stuff in order that my palette not be swayed either way.