Extreme Metal innovators THE AMENTA premiere a second track from forthcoming EP “Plague Of Locus”: a twisted and dingy take on the hypnotic ALICE IN CHAINS song ‘Angry Chair‘.
Transforming the classic Grunge sound of ‘Angry Chair‘ into gloomy Industrial Metal coldness, THE AMENTA highlight the sinister aspects of this 90s’ masterpiece. Staying true to the rhythm and vibe of the composition, the Australian band intensifies the already woeful atmosphere by adding more distortion and alienation into the mix.
Keyboard player Timothy Pope comments:
“‘Angry Chair‘, and the whole of ALICE IN CHAIN‘s “Dirt” album in general, is a favourite of THE AMENTA. They had such a grimy, eerie and fucking heavy sound on the album, and it’s always been a very big inspiration to us, especially when it came to the creation of “Revelator“. The drums for this cover were recorded at the same time as the drums for “Revelator” and, for a brief time, we thought about including the track on that album. To my ears, it shares a common feel. It has a hopelessness and pain that I think is threaded throughout “Revelator“. Cain’s vocals seem to bring out more of that desperate edge in our cover.“
More info about the EP and the forthcoming Australian tour can be found here.
“Plague Of Locus” will be unleashed on October 19th/20th on vinyl via the band and digitally via Debemur Morti Productions. Pre-orders are possible via Direct Merch (vinyl) and via Bandcamp (digital).
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.