With “Solipschism“, Debemur Morti Productions announce the release of THE AMENTA‘s new two-track-EP following the recently unleashed comeback album. Combining dank, dub-inflected verse with grainy distortion bursts and a coda that rides a tribal rhythm into the void, the title track ‘Solipschism‘ can musically be seen as a missing key to the puzzle of “Revelator“.
Composer and keyboard player Timothy Pope narrates about the birth of these tracks:
“‘Solipschism‘ was intended to be on “Revelator” right up until it came the time to working out the track listing. It was completely recorded and mixed at the same time as all the other tracks of the album. But assembling a track order is a process of trial and error, trying to find the best way to fit songs together so that they are complementary to each other. Sometimes a track which is excellent in a standalone form just does not fit when you come to assemble the full work. Adding ‘Solipschism‘ to the album would have completely thrown out the balance so, unfortunately, we made the decision to cut it. However, we always liked the song and we wanted to give it a life of its own.
‘Labourinth‘ was another track that we had written around the same time. We have always liked having instrumentals and strange ambient moments on our album (inspired in part by MORBID ANGEL, AKERCOCKE, and so forth) so we had created 4 or 5 of these tracks as potential songs for the album. Again, when collating all the tracks for the album, it seemed like the track ‘Wonderlost‘ fit “Revelator” best, so we kept the other tracks in reserve. ‘Labourinth‘ holds one key to the lyrical ideas on “Revelator” in its musical form, while ‘Solipschism‘ holds more within its lyrics. There are certain ideas that are repeated across the main album in more opaque ways but are at their clearest on “Solipschism“. Together, the tracks offer some important clues to the album, and it made sense to pair them together for this release.“
“Solipschism” was recorded at the band’s N0N studios, AAA Recording studios (drums) as well as the Violent Voice studios (vocals). The mastering was done by Maor Appelbaum (FAITH NO MORE, SEPULTURA), while THE AMENTA’s Erik Miehs & Timothy Pope took care of the mixing process.
The cover artwork is a detail of the 3D model created by Metastazis (MORBID ANGEL, BEHEMOTH) for the original “Revelator” artwork. Sam Dishington is responsible for the layout and the design.
“Solipschism” will be released on vinyl on August 20th. Pre-orders for the 7” are possible via the label’s EU, US, and Bandcamp shops.
Australians will be able to witness THE AMENTA live this coming September. Together with EARTH ROT they will play five shows – see below:
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.