The Amenta
Flesh Is Heir


4.2
excellent

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
April 8th, 2013 | 31 replies


Release Date: 05/07/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A bone-crushingly heavy, dissonant journey

The Amenta have always been a unique, crushing force. N0n, the predecessor to Flesh Is Heir, was undoubtedly one of the most extreme records of 2008. So much so that, at times, the album sounded like it literally wanted to tear the listener to shreds. That kind of intensity is definitely present on the band’s 2013 outing Flesh Is Heir, too, which is another rousing success for these Australian savages. Compared to n0n, it’s a more immediate, accessible listen, but it also features stronger songwriting and an immaculate flow. The album moves like a fearsome entity, as Flesh Is Heir is not just a collection of warped, twisted songs (like n0n was), but rather a dissonant, dark journey that introduces us to barren landscapes, ghastly visions and the darkest of thoughts.

It’s nigh impossible to pigeonhole The Amenta into a genre, which is also what makes them stand out. Their novel amalgamation of industrial-, death- and black metal hits as hard as a freight train, while mesmerizing with its amount of detail. Yet, it’s anything but organized in the sense that it is a truly chaotic piece of music. Flesh Is Heir isn’t another extreme industrial metal album where the focus is solely on chugging guitars and industrial overtones. Instead, it’s a crushing record with a sound that you’d get when mixing together Meshuggah, Psycroptic and Red Harvest. Most of the time it’s heavy as ***, with devastating drums, cacophonous guitars, tortured screams and sinister industrial effects forming a maelstrom of metal, but here and there baleful, mechanically ritualistic interludes slow everything down and add even more tension to the mix. The music is largely discordant, but when something resembling a melody does pop up, it sounds bloody antagonistic. The record carries with it an unnerving aura, and much like the band’s murky videos, aims to instill a state of discomfort inside the listener - a type of discomfort that is utterly enjoyable, though, and calls forth frissons of excitement.

Flesh Is Heir is not as twisted as n0n was, but it’s also a more mature and better produced CD (not to mention exceptionally heavy). It’s almost impossible to say which is the better record, as both dwarf the grand majority of albums similar to them. N0n was a noisy, abhorrent force that downright dazzled with its mix of death metal brutality and industrial spectrality, while Flesh Is Heir offers the listener a loud, dissonant and crushing journey into the dark side of the human psyche. They are two different, yet equally accomplished records that both thrive under the same circumstances and draw the same crowd. The Amenta do not play music for the fainthearted; they like to intimidate, unsettle and allure their listeners all at once with their brand of chaotic metal. If that sounds appealing enough, Flesh Is Heir is sure to deliver the goods.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

This is almost like a review of two albums simultaneously. I mentioned n0n as much as I did because not many know about it here and I think it’s a fantastic album that’s worth checking out alongside this one. Both are really, really good extreme metal albums

EDIT: video for "Teeth": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gkwt9qcANI

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013


6343 Comments


nOn was great, but from a point further it lacked songwriting diversity, whereas it was totally devoid of any kind of melody.

Good review.

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 8th 2013


4957 Comments


yikes that guy has chains around his throat!!

Donchivo
April 8th 2013


468 Comments


nice review! n0n was nice but I had the same objections to it as Voivod.. judging from the reveiw there is a little more diversity in this one? I'll definitely have to check it out then!


Donchivo
April 8th 2013


468 Comments





YUJOS
April 8th 2013


954 Comments


New album?? At last! Have to check definetely!

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013


10383 Comments


Sweet review, man. This sounds great.

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BallsToTheWall
April 8th 2013


44805 Comments


My breath peppermint, homicide track no evidence

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

lol, Balls.

@Donchivo
Yea, it's more technical. There still isn't a whole lot of melody to be found, but the songs themselves are more varied from an instrumental standpoint.

I hope the rest of you guys give this a try as well and enjoy it.

ThyCrossAwaits
April 8th 2013


3065 Comments


All I thought of was Nergal screaming "WELCOME TO AMENTI!!!"

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013


6343 Comments


Just listened "Teeth" in YT, good song but nothing too special imho.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

"Teeth" honestly wasn't the best song on here by far imo. "Obliterate's Prayer", "Disintegrate" and "Tabula Rasa" were the real highlights.

I posted "Teeth" because it has a video and it does give an indication of the record's style. By doing so, if people like what they hear, they can discover the real gems here by themselves once they've gotten the whole record =)

FrozenVain
April 8th 2013


2483 Comments


I listened to some of the songs from n0n a while back, but I can't remember a thing (not implying that it was forgettable). I think I liked that one so I will listen to this for sure!

"Meshuggah, Psycroptic and Red Harvest."

Sounds like a interesting mix. Very good review, Magnus!

tempest--
April 8th 2013


14628 Comments


Just listened "Teeth" in YT, good song but nothing too special imho. [2]

I might check this out, you made it sound pretty sweet.

alachlahol
April 8th 2013


7515 Comments


cover art is somethin from a korn album,, good indication of what to expect in terms of quality

Lagunita
April 9th 2013


9 Comments


I don't usually go for extreme metal but "teeth" has my interest piqued. It sounds like Gojira turned up 2 notches

Spec
April 9th 2013


27298 Comments


Definitely hear Gojira in there.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2013


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Yeah you can make the case for them sounding like a more vicious Gojira at times (especially in the track "Ego Ergo Sum").

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2013


6343 Comments


Definitely hear Gojira in there.

Agreed and it is rather unfortunate from where I'm standing.

Donchivo
April 9th 2013


468 Comments


Gojira?? Really? that would be a HUGE letdown for me...



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