The Belgian AMENRA have been paving their own headstrong way in the 12 years since their inception, from overlooked releases and poorly attended show to critically acclaimed albums, sold-out shows and the utmost respect of their listeners, peers and even heroes. Always putting heart and soul into every note, word, and image and changing the course of people’s lives everywhere their path leads them.
AMENRAs latest studio album "Mass VI" is an emotional rollercoaster until its very last second until Diaken is abruptly ended at its very climax, as the last breath of an expiring life.
Every band member is seemingly being stretched to their physical limits throughout. Colin puts in the performance of a lifetime, but he is inextricably intertwined to the guitarwork of Mathieu J. Vandekerckhove and Lennart Bossu is able to express unimaginable weight, both physical and spiritual, as well as weaving melodies of the utmost delicacy, while the rhythm section of Levy Seynaeve and Bjorn J. Lebon can either rumble like a consuming thunderstorm or retreat to the shadows with the same flowing spontaneity as the atmosphere dictates.
No love without pain. No life without death. No light without darkness. That is the conflict at the heart of Mass VI, at the heart of each and every one of us, at the heart of what it means to be human, to live and to love and to lose, and few other pieces of music will wrench that ambivalence out of us and present it in such an acutely overwhelming fashion.
It's hard to think of a better person to capture this sonic enormity than Billy Anderson. The legendary American producer was already the chosen one for "Mass V", and between NEUROSIS "Through Silver In Blood", SLEEPs "Dopesmoker", EYEHATEGODs "Dopesick", CATHEDRALs "Endtyme" or BRUTAL TRUTHs "Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom", among many others. "Mass VI" was recorded in the Belgian Ardennes, a region of thick forests in the south-east of the country, where the band was snowed in for a week.
"Mass VI" have been released in 2 versions of the album: one mixed by Billy Anderson and mastered by Justin Weis (released in US via Neurot Recordings) and another mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (released in Europe via Consouling Sounds).
These versions have different artwork, track titles, sound and track durations (the biggest difference is on the opening track "Children Of The Eye" - 11:49 for the European version vs. 9:41 for the US version).
Today's tune "A Solitary Reign" is taken from "Mass VI", enjoy!
Sat, NOV 16 Melna piektdiena , klubs Rīga, Latvia
Sun, NOV 17 Rockclub Tapper Tallinn, Estonia
Mon, NOV 18 Ääniwalli Helsinki, Finland
Wed, NOV 20 Fryshuset Klubben Stockholm, Sweden
Thu, NOV 21 Spillestedet Stengade Nørrebro, Denmark
Fri, NOV 22 Kulttempel Oberhausen, Germany
Tue, DEC 17 Saint Merry Church Paris, France
Wed, DEC 18 Bataclan Paris, France
Sat, DEC 21 Park ter Walle Menen, Belgium
Feb 28, 2020 Solar de Botafogo Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Feb 29, 2020 A Autêntica Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Mar 1, 2020 Fabrique Club São Paulo, Brazil
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