Rarely has the post-anything scene had a long-standing outfit with such devotion to making you evaluate your position in the grand scheme of things as Amenra. Where fellow post-metal brutalists Cult of Luna take the listener into futuristic landscapes, or out into space with their magnificent “Mariner”; Amenra take us on a far more painful track; deep inside our own psyche. This album is sung entirely in their native Flemish. There are moments so dark it’s probably best to not know what’s being said. Opener “ Ogentroost” appears menacingly out of silence to a cascade of increasing tonal harshness that is as uncomfortable as it is sonically striking.
“De Evenmens” hacks away at your sanity like a tooled-up Stephen Fry on a Harley lighting a wicker-man while on PCP.
Album closer. “Voor Immer” may go on to become known as their iconic signature; a post-metal rapture where the listener is dragged kicking and screaming to front man Eeckhout’s version of the next world. No crushing depths unfathomed.
No crushing depths unfathomed
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