Last week, rumors started to circulate the web that Tesseract had parted ways with singer Elliot Coleman. And yesterday, it was confirmed that Coleman indeed has left less than a year after joining the UK prog metal group.
TesseracT confirmed Coleman’s departure via the following statement:
“Sadly, our good buddy Elliot has decided to leave team TesseracT. We’d like to thank Elliot for everything he has done for us. We have loved having him be a part of this beast. He introduced us to a completely different side of our sound, as well the delights of Pho! Things we will always be grateful for. So, as well as continuing to write and record album 2, we are also on the hunt for that special (shpecial) person to be the new full-time TesseracT vocalist.”
Coleman himself released released a video statement further explaining his decision to leave TesseracT. While the entire video can be seen after the jump below, here’s part of what he had to say:
“It’s a shame, but honestly, it’s for the best for everyone involved. I joined the band on very short notice — very short notice. We didn’t have much time for any of us to prepare, or even really get to know each other. And thankfully, we all realized that we’re all good guys and we all got along very well. They had a lot of stuff that they needed to get done before they could move on to their second album, and that included a bunch of tours… I only did, like, three, I think, with them. An EP, the Perspective EP, some radio sessions…
So they had to knock all that stuff out, so we had to do that. And then when it actually came time to writing for the new album, that’s kind of where we came to a bit of a standstill. And not for any negative reasons; it just was apparent that we weren’t really a match for each other. And with the distance — with me living in the U.S. and them living in the U.K… Being in a band, for the most part, it works better… Even if you’re in different states, at least you’re in the same country, so networking with each other is far easier than we were able to work. So, stylistically, there were some differences. And things like that happe. But it’s nothing to worry about. They were successful before I joined and they’ll be far more successful now that I’m gone.”
Coleman’s departure does come as odd timing, with TesseracT’s acoustic EP Perspective having just been released. But as the singer mentions, it’s difficult for any band to work as a group when distance is a factor, especially during such a short time period. Hopefully TesseracT will be able to find the right frontman soon so that the wait for their second album isn’t much longer.
Coleman’s entire video message regarding his departure can be seen after the jump.