THE AMENTA‘s latest offering “Solipschism” consists of two new compositions whose sound may best be described as dank, grimy, and eerie. The songs ‘Solipschism‘ and ‘Labourinth‘ were originally crafted during the recording sessions for “Revelator“. As such, they further enrich the sinister journey THE AMENTA have embarked on their latest album.
THE AMENTA‘s Timothy Pope comments on “Solipschism“:
“Both songs share a sound, but for different reasons. The verses of ‘Solipschism‘ have that dankness from reverb and delay. It’s a really damp, cold sounding recording. ‘Labourinth‘ shares the dankness, but mainly because of the environment that it was recorded in. When that song was being recorded, it was just about to storm, and the piano was swelling and performing strangely due to the moisture in the air. The result is a creaking, weird-sounding piece, directly affected by the dankness of the air. Both songs are grimy, the first because it is caked in our traditional distortion. Everything is distorted, guitars, vocals, keyboards, and drums. The second track is grimy from its lo-fi nature. The track was recorded straight to a very cheap condenser mic, and the samples and effects are deliberately very lo-fi, so there is a lot of grit and audio artifacts throughout. Lastly, the songs are eerie as they both live in that area of tense waiting, just before the final destruction.“
“Solipschism” must be understood as a link to THE AMENTA‘s recent past. However, the band is currently also working on new material:
“As it is with all our material, we have no idea what it is or how it will sound until it is finished. Even “Solipschism” went through numerous changes of orchestration and structure. The initial demo is unrecognizable from the final tracks. The new material we are working on is very bare bones, as it always is at this stage. We’re also finalizing another recording project, which will be an interesting one. Without reveling too much, you could consider it an exposure of some of the inspirations for “Revelator“. But once that is done, we will leave the world of “Revelator” behind and experiment to find a new direction for the next release. There are some great ideas already forming. One, in its current form, I would describe as BIG BLACK playing IMMOLATION, in a jam with the GODFLESH drum machine. But that’s a demo. By the end it may sound like Stravinsky.“
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.