- Genre: Post Metal
Released on Toxic Assets Records in June 2012. Recorded live over the winter of 2010/11 with Garrett Morris in the Dark Room.
Consouling Sounds is delighted to present the rerelease of Amenra’s Mass II, together with Ritual II, for the very first time on vinyl. Belgium’s premier doom/sludge/postmetal outfit’s massive sound unfolds itself in its full potential this time around. Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Melvins, Neurosis, Swans, …) remastered the album and he truly managed to unleash the beast. The combination of moving compositions, the unique Amenra riffing and the violent outpours never sounded more intense, dramatic and profound. You didn’t really experience Mass II, until you’ve heard this version!
In 2009, Amenra released the beautiful and fragile EP Afterlife, meant as a musical testament for future generations. The acoustic tracks that made up this EP showed a very different aspect of the band, but also proved that in any incarnation Amenra connects on a deeply emotional level with its audience. The acoustic album kept on lingering in the background, and it was only a matter of time for the band to revisit the acoustic approach of the EP. In 2014 Amenra again showed their most vulnerable side on different stages. This album collects live recordings of old and new acoustic renditions of Amenra tracks, but it also harbors the collaboration with Belgian poet Sofie Verdoodt and two bone chilling covers.
De Doden Hebben het Goed is Wiegedood’s debut album, but we can hardly call this a debuting band. The band members have already proven their worth in other acts like Amenra, Oathbreaker, Hessian, Rise and Fall… This is surely an interesting gathering of musicians that immediately raises high expectations. And they deliver. Big time. Against all expectations, the result of this collaboration has nothing to do with post metal, sludge or hardcore. In stead, Wiegedood treats us to a relentless onslaught of atmospheric black metal. The title De Doden Hebben het Goed covers the album perfectly: it’s a very bleak take on extreme metal music, but never loses touch with the band members’ other projects.