Seven years after the critically acclaimed “Flesh Is Heir“, whose vanguard approach brought to life a mesmerizing mixture of Industrial and Death Metal, Debemur Morti Productions are thrilled to announce the fourth THE AMENTA opus, namely “Revelator“. As depicted in the cover artwork, the heart of the Australian Extreme Metal innovators might be crooked, but full of energy and will to transcend and further expand the limits of the Metal genre.
THE AMENTA have, therefore, used their 7-year hiatus to methodically deconstruct and reimagine their already distinctive core sound: incorporating maximalist Industrial Black Metal ballast, disturbingly cinematic Ambient/Noise textures, treated violin, dread acoustics and circuit-bent electronics into a labyrinthine set of infectious hymns to societal collapse which juxtapose dreamlike moments of strange calm with sensory overload, savage discord and unease:
01. An Epoch Ellipsis
02. Sere Money
03. Silent Twin
05. Twined Towers
06. Parasight Lost
09. Parse Over
To celebrate THE AMENTA’s return to the scene, a sinister as well as symbolically dense video clip was created for the song ‘Sere Money‘. Debemur Morti Productions teamed up with Metal Hammer UK/Loudersound for the international premiere of these moving pictures, aesthetically located somewhere between the spookiness of David Lynch, the grandeur of Blade Runner and the philosophical deconstruction of French post-structuralist thinkers. Metal Hammer UK’s Jonathan Selzer fittingly states:
“‘Sere Money‘ may be the stuff of nightmares, but visually and sonically, it’s an exhilarating sensory overload, and a harbinger for an album that’s going to add a host of exotic new locations to the metal map.“
For THE AMENTA frontman Cain Cressall it was clear from the beginning that ‘Sere Money‘ needed moving pictures to accompany the tunes:
“I think the main thing why we chose ‘Sere Money‘ as our first single was its cinematic, infectious energy which pulses throughout the track. It has a very strong “visual” element to it that inspires the imagination and takes the listener on a ride. The opening hook grabs you by the throat takes you on a descent into deeper and deeper levels of cathartic discomfort. That “grab-factor” just seemed to appeal to all of us as a great way to introduce our new sound to our listeners.“
However, one may also understand ‘Sere Money‘ as a necessary and conscious disruption for the listener, making sure no one believes that “Revelator” is simply sounding the same as “Flesh Is Heir“, as keyboard player and composer Timothy Pope states:
“I think in some ways we chose this song to introduce the band because it is such a huge step away from what came before. If we had come back from a 7-year hiatus with something that sounded too close to a continuation of what came before, we personally would be bored and uninspired by it. I’m not sure if that is the case for listeners to our band, but for us as artists that would have just been a waste of time. Who knows if it will work, but imagining myself as the ideal consumer of our music, I would prefer to be somewhat confused by an initial song but be intrigued enough to dig into the album to try to understand it. In my experience with other bands who have gone through similar evolutions, this has been the most rewarding way to understand and appreciate their art. I hope this has the same effect for others.”
Recorded by the band and mixed by guitarist Erik Miehs, “Revelator” is the most openly organic and crushing the band has sounded to date. Mastering has been meticulously crafted by Maor Applebaum (FAITH NO MORE, SEPULTURA) and the album features artwork by the legendary Metastazis (MORBID ANGEL, BEHEMOTH). Graced with an incisively dynamic pummeling from drummer-extraordinaire David Haley (PSYCROPTIC, ex-PESTILENCE) and an avowedly contemporary, genre-defying performance from vocalist Cain Cressall, “Revelator” sees a band always dead-set on boundary-pushing reveling in a fresh sense of renewal as they combine harrowing concepts, inventively virtuous musicianship and immediate song craft into the landmark record of a lauded career.
THE AMENTA are:
Cain Cressall – Vocals
Erik Miehs – Guitars
Timothy Pope – Keyboards, Samples
Dan Quinlan – Bass
David Haley – Drums
THE AMENTA is ugly, dissonant, electronically-lacerated Extreme Metal from Australia, featuring the core creative line-up of Cain Cressall (Vocals), Erik Miehs (Guitars) and Timothy Pope (Keyboards, Samples & Effects) with Dan Quinlan (Bass) and drummer David Haley (PSYCROPTIC, ex-ABORTED) rounding out the lineup.
Early experiments with dissonance resulted in 2002’s “Mictlan” MCD. Two years later, the band had signed to Listenable Records who released the debut full length, “Occasus”. Next came 2008’s divisive “n0n” album. “n0n” was a dense, ugly, sprawling hymn to urban decay. A filthy paean to political manipulation. It was anti-everything.
Upon returning to Australia after extensive European and American touring, THE AMENTA recorded a free download of a huge multimedia release in 2011 entitled “V01D”. The release featured the new title track, re-recordings of tracks from the two previous albums, as well as professionally filmed and recorded live performances and film clips. The new song showcased one of many new directions THE AMENTA could take. Epic chords held in stasis by drones: melody where before there had only been dissonance.
In 2013, THE AMENTA released “Flesh Is Heir”. The most organic and open of THE AMENTA’s releases to date, “Flesh Is Heir” built huge sculptures of sound from decayed choir loops and found percussion, the strongest riffs and guitar hooks in THE AMENTA back catalogue and an immaculate vocal performance.
After taking a hiatus from live performance in 2014, the band resumed activity in 2019. Inchoate rumblings slowly took shape. In 2020, THE AMENTA is excited to announce a partnership with Debemur Morti Productions, a label whose name is synonymous with art and with the most forward thinking bands in extreme music.