“Fingers or pick? I’ll play bass with a drumstick! Whatever works for the song!“ How Amos Williams found his sound on TesseracT’s War of Being

Amos Williams
(Image credit: TesseracT)

It’s been a decade and more since progressive metal band TesseracT broke into the big time, touring with bands like Animals as Leaders and Karnivool on the back of huge-sounding albums such as One (2011), Altered State (2013), Polaris (2015), and Sonder (2018).

Based on mighty riffs from guitarist Acle Kahney and the bass guitar manoeuvres of Amos Williams, TesseracT remain among the hardest-hitting prog metal bands around, especially on their new record, War of Being. The album is of particular interest to bass players – because the low-end is all over it.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.