“MK Ondergrond” (meaning “Underground” in Afrikaans) recently conducted an interview with drummer Jay Postones of U.K. progressive metallers TESSERACT. You can watch the chat below (Note: The intro is in Afrikaans, but the interview was conducted in English).
“MK Ondergrond” (Facebook page) is South Africa’s first dedicated underground music variety show, hosted by a macabre crew of animated characters, featuring band interviews, video reviews, gig guides and the best in local and international underground music videos.
TESSERACT last month “turned in a 51-minute song as their next album,” according to a tweet from the band’s record label, Century Media Records.
ThrashHits.com recently spoke to TESSERACT bassist Amos Williams about the group’s forthcoming CD, which is due later this year. The effort, which is rumored to be titled “Altered State”, will mark the band’s first release with new lead singer, Ashe O’Hara, following the departure of American vocalist Elliot Coleman (OMNOM, SKY EATS AIRPLANE, ZELLIACK) in June 2012.
“The new album has shaped up to be something of an evolution for TESSERACT,” Williams said. “Obviously, there’s the new voice, which is exciting for us to work with. Ashe brings such an intense level of emotion to the table, it feels as if we have added another dimension to the music. We’ve also travelled so much and met so many incredible and inspiring musicians since the first album. This has had a huge impact upon our songwriting.”
He continued: “Also, we now enjoy playing with dynamics and instrumentation. This came from releasing an acoustic EP last year. We’re no longer afraid to mix things up or stray from the expected path, which we feel we did with our first album. That was in the box, whilst this album is way out there for us. Don’t be afraid, though — whilst it has evolved, our music is still somehow TESSERACT. It’s like there is something just beneath the surface of everything we do, that shapes all we produce into a distinctly TESSERACT-ish form.”
Hailing from Northampton, Ashe spent his early years singing in many different groups, from choirs to musical theatre, and has more recently been involved with a number of ambient/alternative metal projects in addition to doing session work. Ashe currently resides in Hove, East Sussex.