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Amentes : It Could All Have Vanished

The first listen to this CD was quite disappointing. When you get a promo that you're supposed to review for this site, you expect doom-metal. And although this album clearly has some links with the genre, it fails to match some basic criteria. This is not slow, not crushing and not depressed. However it is heavy and melancholic, which is eventually what made me listen to the album again (apart from the fact that one shouldn’t base a review on one listen). Musically, Amentes explores the field in between gothic metal and death metal. That said, you won't be surprised to see me mention references like for instance Sirrah and Amorphis.

The album starts off with a heavily keyboard dependent riff, setting the mood and the sound for a good part of this work. Mid-tempo -sometimes even fast- melodic and pompous (dare I say epic? - especially in the first song 'IX') metal, in which the guitars have an important role but the keyboards are much more distinguished. Some sloppy key picking in between, wild mood swings and a somewhat less well-pronounced guitar sound are certainly things to work on for the next effort. However, it needs to be said that the melodies are very well worked out and that the vocals are quite nice in their variety: a grunted yet intelligible voice (which reminds us of Sirrah once again), some clean singing, up to some choir chanting in which multiple voices join, are mostly well done.

While a song like 'The Path Below Me' is a little too technical for my likings and 'Sacrifice Me' starts way too fast , I like the Lacuna Coil-ish feel in 'Thought Currencies' a lot. In general, I feel a lack of originality in a subgenre in which all paths have been treaded so frequently that it is hardly possible that a surprising album would ever come out again. The sound quality of this CD is acceptable but is obviously limited to the budget of an unsigned band, but more than good enough not to take away the listening pleasure.

That all being said, it must be stated however, that 'Reflections' is a most excellent song, probably the most doomy of the album, and really stands out in song writing.

E-mail: bkolarski@ptt.yu
Website: amentes.iuma.com [note by editor: The website has been removed, thus I've removed the link.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. IX
2. The Path Below Me
3. The Insanity Within You
4. Reflections
5. Master of Emotion
6. Sacrifice Me
7. Thought Currencies
8. Vidim

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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