Amenra is a post/sludge/doom metal band that recently signed to Neurot Records. Neurot Records is managed by the forefathers of post-metal, Neurosis. Like Isis, Cult of Luna, and The Ocean, Amenra is heavily influenced by Neurosis but add their own twist to the genre. Being signed to the record label of a band who has been the inspiration for your existence might put a lot of pressure on some bands but thankfully, this was not the case with Mass V.
Mass V is best summed up as music to listen to while the apocalypse is unfolding. The songs from this album create a bleak landscape of despair, pain, and agony. While some albums try to tell people that life is good and everything is peachy, Amenra reminds those brave enough to listen to this record just how messed up life really is. Trying to rate each track individually is pointless because this album is best listened to as a whole.
The vocals are a mix of cleans and shrieks. They sound as if the vocalist, Colin H. Van Eeckhout, was being tortured during the recording process. The guy is basically shrieking/screaming as if his life depended on it. The rest of the instruments help to create a wall of sound so heavy that it could possibly destroy a small city. With that being said, anyone who is a fan of heavy, crushing, or brutal metal should listen to this ASAP. Amenra easily delivers one of the best metal albums of 2012.
Cult of Luna - The Beyond
Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood
Isis - Oceanic
Time to Burn - Is.Land