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On May 8, Satanath Records (Russia) and Amputated Vein Records (Japan) will release Scourge, the new third album by Amentia from Belarus. We’re fortunate to bring you the premiere of one of the new songs, “Sentence Executioner“, along with a previously released track named “Slow Decay“.

 

Amentia began as a studio project more than a dozen years ago and the veteran line-up includes members of Deathbringer, Thy Disease, and Disloyal, and former members of Posthumous Blasphemer. The labels recommend the album to fans of Blotted Science, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Misery Index, and The Faceless, among others.

 

“Sentence Executioner” is a turbocharged, pulse-pounding rush of technical death metal that’s brutal, alien, and rhythmically riveting. The technical virtuosity of all the performers is undeniable, but on this particular track they’ve harnessed their blazing fast agility in a framework of jackhammering grooves, with the lyrics voiced in deep, guttural growls.

 

The song is loaded with guitar leads and soloing that contrast with the punishing rhythms. While the riffs and rhythms jab and pulse in staccato bursts of skull-cracking percussive force, guitarist Artyom‘s fretwork generates fluid streams of notes that swirl, flicker, and spiral, adding an otherworldly dimension to the music’s adrenalizing physical impact.

 

We also encourage you to listen to the previously released track, “Slow Decay“. It reveals a more avant-garde, more head-twisting approach, one with more prominent progressive and fusion elements in the mix, but no less riveting in its force.

 

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/04/09/an-ncs-premiere-amentia-sentence-executioner/

 

Amentia  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Scourge"  which  will  be  released  on  May  8th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Amputated  Vein  Records.

 

 A  very  technical  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  as  we;;  as  a few screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.

 

  A  great  amount  of  prog  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  both  the  riffs  and  solos  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  album  also  remains  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

 

  Amentia  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  technical  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  prog  element,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  death  and extermination  themes. 

 

  In  my  opinion  Amentia  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.

 

http://extrememetalzine.blogspot.ru/2017/05/amentiascourgesatanath-recordsamputated.html

 

Seguimos con Satanath Records con la presente coedición con la discográfica japonesa Amputed Vein Records de la mano de AMENTIA, banda que nos llega desde Bielorrusia y que nos presentan su tercer asalto discográfico.

 

Si bien sus primeras obras hacían mella dentro del Brutal Death más acelerado, la dinámica de “Scourge” aúna mucho más dentro del Death Metal Técnico decantando un poco más la balanza hacia ese fin compositivo en el transcurso del álbum.

 

Desde la inicial “Kill Me” las atrocidades sobre el mástil son un ir y venir, una constante sin cesar y un escaparate digno de los menesteres más refinados.

 

Como decíamos, Death Metal Técnico que recorre un sinfín de patrones acelerados que desembocan hacia unos desenlaces francamente trabajados. El disco adictivo hasta su último desenlace pasa por dinámicas de lo más rebuscadas. Riffs melódicos, brutalidad lírica a borbotones, capas y capas de velocidades inalcanzables, palm mute hasta la saciedad, barridos e incluso sesiones de tapping a la velocidad de la luz son solo algunos detalles que priman en sus primeros minutos del álbum y todo ello con un saber hacer global que va abriéndose terreno en cada una de sus composiciones.

 

Obviamente tanto descaro y tantas partes en una misma composición dan la sensación de apretón en algunos momentos, aunque en líneas generales no sobrecargan y saben airear perfectamente cada una de sus partes de forma unida y a la vez con hilos independientes.

 

“I Don´t Believe” pasando por “Anorexia” dejan claro que su tema inicial no es para nada un espejismo y las partes rítmicas y solistas van en aumento y no cesan de derrochar técnica por los cuatro costados, pues no voy a negar que la destreza de estos músicos con sus instrumentos es a priori de lo más destacado del álbum.

 

Podríamos subrayar bastantes influencias en el transcurso del mismo, pero vamos, la música de AMENTIA te enreda y roza esas categorías incluso personales dentro del Death Metal Técnico, algo que quieras que no les hace bastante sólidos en ese campo compositivo, ya que lo único que les aleja un poco de ese término son los registros vocales, encargándose de marcar un poco las diferencias en el álbum siendo totalmente devotas dentro del Brutal Death en cada uno de sus ataques.

 

Otras como “Slow Decay” o “Sentence Executioner” nos dejan retales muy interesantes, dejando que los solos entren a sus anchas en partes inesperadas, algo que alguna que otra ocasión quizá les queda demasiado brusco, aunque vamos eso ya es solo una opinión personal.

 

Para situar un poco al oyente, la batidora podría ofrecernos algún punto del camino en donde bandas como MISERY INDEX e incluso THE FACELESS podrían ser sus constantes vitales más pronunciadas. Todo ello de una forma muy nítida, elaborada, alocada e incluso doblando el apoyo melódico hasta su último detalle.

 

Llegados al último ecuador del álbum, las partes instrumentales son incluso mucho más largas, comiéndose el relojero del álbum con creces y reafirmando aún más si cabe la enredada calidad técnica que se respira en este álbum en cada una de sus cuotas. Apurando el asunto, incluso tendrían cancha las partes más alocadas y técnicas de otros maestros como DEATH en su etapa más técnica, algo que incluso tendría su pequeño espacio en las presentes coordenadas.

 

Dicho esto, el cambio estilístico con respecto a sus anteriores obras anda la mar de subrayado, sonando mucho más personales, y creando una nueva etapa por llamarlo de algún modo que durante más de media hora dominan con una facilidad extraordinaria.

 

Ahora solo falta esperar a que AMENTIA sigan en esta línea en próximos trabajos y sigan rozando el listón de calidad que desprende este álbum, pues no hay duda que los seguidores del Death Metal Técnico disfrutaran de lo lindo con la diversidad técnica que nos ofrece “Scourge”, un álbum tan adictivo como técnico que les ahoga de nuevo en el candelero musical con una propuesta tan fiable como sorprendente.

 

http://www.friedhof-magazine.com/criticas/amentia-scourge

 

 

Después de un periodo de inactividad (cerca de 7 años desde su ultimo LP), regresan pisando fuerte con un trabajo sólido, memorable y que dejará satisfechos a los amantes del Brutal Death. Tras unir un par de vocalistas, Valery Toothgrinder y Zubov compañero de Alex (Fundador de Amentia) en Postumus Blasphemer, toman un profundo segundo aire.

 

Brutalmente técnico y anti-religioso, esos serían los adjetivos apropiados para describir lo que "Scourge" aporta a la escena Bielorrusa, una escena que posee en sus filas a bandas sumamente exquisitas, los mismos Posthumous Blasphemer, Serdce y aquel impresionante debut de Irreversible Mechanism que quedará para la posteridad.

 

Este álbum es machacante, no da respiro. Inicia con la premisa "Kill Me", Inmediatamente los riffs penetran como una sierra en madera, elementos Progresivos son perfectamente adheridos aquí en pasajes con veloces y exactos mutes que fragmentan el alma, solos que se presentan de manera orgullosa al deleitar el oído suturando las heridas previamente causadas, una voz líder con un growl que hace imaginar una entidad maligna susurrándote al oído apoyada por Toothgrinder con screams que funcionan a modo de remate en oraciones profanas y desesperanzadoras que desmoralizarían al más optimista.

 

No recomendable para oídos sensibles ni para mentes maleables. Avanzando por su paisaje desolador, puedes sentir el bajo creando una atmósfera perfecta con un slap que zumba cual abeja y la batería gusta en lucirse dictando el cambio del tiempo. El aspecto más contundente son las guitarras, sabrán atraer a tu memoria y seducirla con solos magistrales que nos recuerdan momentos nostálgicos que ya han sido superados con pasajes disonantes en momentos exactos.

 

Siendo estrictos los puntos flacos se pueden encontrar en la grabación de la batería, los platillos no están muy definidos, y si no estás prestando atención te puedes perder entre canciones.

 

En conclusión, Amentia se afirma en la élite del género en su país, junto a las bandas previamente mencionadas, con un trabajo oscuro de alta calidad y una manufactura apreciable a la primera oída, enaltece al género y nos presenta una mezcla de elementos muy interesantes que espero, se vuelva común. Esta es la clase de música que crea chicos sumamente enfadados.

 

http://www.rtmbmusic.com/2017/06/resena-amentia-scourge.html

 

 

Lo bueno de la globalización en el ámbito de la música es que escuchar bandas de cualquier parte del mundo es fácil. Y conseguir su material también. Lo malo de este acceso global y factible es que el filtro a colocar tiene que ser mayor. Hay que rascar bastante para encontrar de vez en cuando bandas notables y ya ni te cuento si buscas algo sorprendente. Por eso encontrar algo como AMENTIA hace recuperar la ilusión en este proceso. La banda de Bielorrusia lleva en activo desde hace 14 años y ya tiene tres discos en su haber y otros lanzamientos menores, pero no ha sido hasta este Scourge que tuve conocimiento de ellos y la verdad es que, aunque a priori se vendían como brutal death metal y por tanto pensé que no me iban a aportar nada nuevo, después de escuchar detenidamente el disco sólo puedo decir que ¡vaya sorpresa!

 

Efectivamente AMENTIA se expresa a través de la brutalidad y los patrones del brutal death metal. En su cara más técnica y retorcida, no excesivamente moderna y sin rastro de partes slam. Pero quedarse sólo ahí sería algo injusto. AMENTIA es como fue en su momento BRAIN DRILL o como es INANIMATE EXISTENCE. Un grupo que va más allá dentro de los esquemas de su propia expresión. En particular en Scourge esta frontera apartada son los terrenos de la armonía y el patronaje rítmico que me recuerda por un lado a GORGUTS y por otro a CRYPTOPSY. Atonalidad, desestructuración, partes de locura jazzística y mucha síncopa rítmica. De hecho lo más “normal” del grupo es la voz de Zubov, aspirada y sepulcral, con algún pasaje más agresivo cortesía de su compañero Valery Zubenko que me recuerda a Glenn Benton. El resto es pura aventura.

 

La contrapartida de este tipo de grupos es: ¿hay algún sentido en lo que hacen? Pues en este caso particular sí. Los 33 minutos que dura Scourge son un conjunto, pero también una suma de partes con individualidad. Eso sí la riqueza de cada corte es tal que uno a veces necesitará un descanso para apreciar todo lo tergiversado del asunto. Hay dos cosas que desde el principio me llamaron la atención, los vericuetos rítmicos de la batería (no aparece en los créditos pero pongo la mano en el fuego de que no es programada) y las líneas de bajo de Alex. Este último va a su bola directamente (y si no escucha el primer tema “Kill me” o más adelante “Slow decay”). Nada de contrapuntos, ni golpes en el silencio de las guitarras, no. Alex crea su propia línea independiente y complementaria a las guitarras de Artyom, hasta el punto de que a veces uno tiene la sensación de que ambos van en tempos distintos.

 

Compositivamente hablando el mayor peso recae en Artyom. Dejando a un lado riffs construidos y destruidos una y otra vez, el guitarrista aporta en cada tema armonías, solos y cambios diferentes al anterior. Es aquí donde la influencia de GORGUTS es más clara, si bien con dos diferencias: una producción más actual y poderosa, no tan fría e impenetrable como los canadienses, y un poco más de condescendencia con el oyente, pues aunque todo lo que se escucha en Scourge no entra a la primera, no hay nada que se salga de un patrón audible para oídos acostumbrados a tecnicismos. Empezando por el final, y haciendo el juego de palabras, la música de AMENTIA es una “Paranoia”, como el último corte (y uno de los más completos del disco), pero se deja escuchar también.

 

AMENTIA es una grata sorpresa en el mundo actual del brutal death metal. Una banda avanzada, que domina su propio estilo y su forma de entender la música y que al mismo tiempo sabe expresar y te dejará ojiplático. Scourge es para mi gusto uno de los lanzamientos del año en este tipo de géneros, al menos en lo que llevamos de este 2017. Gracias globalización.

 

http://subterraneowebzine.com/amentia-blr-scourge-2017/

 

 

En un primer momento esta banda era un proyecto en solitario de Alex Goron, el bajista que procedía de los Phostulus Blasphemer. Debutaron en el 2005 con un ep grabado en Minsk. Es una banda que siempre fichó por sellos rusos.

amentia 2Suenan interesantes por momentos. Es una banda que tiene dos elementos que destacan sobre el conjunto global. Lo primero es labor de su bajista, Alex, se nota que es el miembro más veterano de la banda desde el primer tema. Por ejemplo en Kill Me ofrece unas pinceladas de calidad, se deja notar desde un primer momento pero no es hasta I Don’t Believe donde toma el mando de las operaciones y deja destellos técnicos que suben las prestaciones de la banda.

Otro elemento de la banda a destacar es la labor de su guitarrista que nos sorprende con solos técnicos y limpios en todo momento. Dentro del Brutal Death lo normal es apostar por la mezcla de elementos, Slamming, Grindcore …. pero no es el caso de Amentia. No es una banda excesivamente potente pero tiene una técnica alta y sin ser una banda de Brutal Death técnico, logran mantener un equilibrio entre el Death y el Brutal y hasta hay cierta melodía en sus temas.

Los mejores solos del álbum son los de Slow Decay y Noble Death. Se guardan un as en la manga para el final con el tema Paranoia, un corte de ocho minutos, el más creativo del álbum, donde bajista y guitarrista vuelven a aunar sus fuerzas para recrear ritmos sólidos como rocas.

Como veis estoy todo el rato hablando de bajista y guitarrista porque la batería es programada y eso es una debilidad que no deberían permitirse. En un estilo como este, no concederle importancia a la base rítmica es un error que se paga caro. Hay dos cantantes, innecesario, porque los estribillos son secundarios en esta obra y son los elementos instrumentales los que sacan adelante el álbum.

También podría destacar como aspecto negativo la falta de atmósfera en los temas. Pero hay más aspectos positivos que negativos como por ejemplo la inclusión de constantes cambios de ritmo y diferentes influencias de lo más clásicas… de hecho más que influencias del Brutal Death habría que hablar de influencias del Death metal como la de los Exhumation, la banda pionera del Death metal en Bielorrusia que inició su carrera en 1990 con grandes demos. Siguen esa estela clásica y es un álbum entretenido que puede dejarse escuchar desde fans del Thrash, Death, fans del metal extremo y a los que les vaya algo más ligero, porque la clase del guitarrista permite aunar a un público tan dispar.

 

http://metalbrothers.es/criticas/criticas-internacionales/amentia-scourge-2017/

 

 

A AMENTIA foi inicialmente criada como um projeto de estúdio em 2003 por Alex Goron – um baixista da banda POSTHUMOUS BLASPHEMER da Bielorrússia.

 

No final de 2005, a banda entrou no estúdio SEHR GUT em Minsk para gravar sua debut EP “Mind Degradation”. Foi lançado pelo selo russo COYOTE Records como um Split-CD, juntamente com as bandas FORMALIN, FOREVER DEAD, SERRANDO CODOS.

 

A AMENTIA realizou seu primeiro show em 2006. O primeiro álbum completo intitulado “Burn to Hate” foi lançado em março de 2007 por outro selo russo do Moscow SOULFLESH COLLECTOR. O CD incluiu músicas de 7 bandas e uma capa da lendária banda bielorrussa EXHUMATOR – “Crucifixion Decapitated” + video ao vivo. O próximo lançamento “Incurable Disease” continha 9 composições técnicas e brutais e foi lançado em 2011 pelo selo russo MORE HATE Productions.

 

O estilo da banda pode ser definido como Technical Death Metal com alguns elementos de Fusion e Avant-garde.

 

Depois de 6 anos de silêncio, os frenéticos técnicos de vanguarda da Bielorrússia voltaram com o seu 3º álbum completo, com o título “Scourge”, extensivo e mordaz.

 

Sete trilhas intransigentes que estão matando suas células cerebrais com cada segundo de seu som. Rápido e cortante como riffs rítmicos de um machado; explosões de metralhadoras de enchimentos de bateria e batidas explosivas, solos paranóicos pervertidos, vocais de destruição de almas semelhantes a besta, e, obviamente, trituração de baixo virtuoso.

 

Apresentando membros de POSTHUMOUS BLASPHEMER, DEATHBRINGER, DESLOYAL, SUA DOENÇA. Fortemente recomendado para os fãs de BLOTTED SCIENCE, SUFFOCATION, DECREPIT BIRTH, MISERY INDEX, THE FACELESS, GORGASM e MESHUGGAH. Arte do álbum foi elaborada por MAYHEM PROJECT DESIGN.

 

http://rumorsmag.com.br/js_albums/amentia-scourge/

 

 

Continuing to unleash the extremity, Belarus-based technical brutal death metal masters Amentia are there to further the melding of complex and challenging rhythms with furious, blasting brutality that has made them one of the more explosive efforts in the genre. Finally returning after a six-year holdover from releases, the groups’ third full-length release was originally released May 7, 2017 on Satanath Records.

 

 

From the start, it’s quite apparent that the band is adept at going for the grand mixture of these two elements with plenty of stellar work throughout here. Tracks like “Kill Me” and “I Don’t Believe” fire off tight, surgically-precise riffing with spindly noodling with complex rhythms, there’s a great combination of elements at play here that adds to the charging atmosphere of the album. The frantic riff-work and blasting drumming here brings about a stellar series of up-tempo sections that fully spread the realm from furious chugging to blasting thrash beats and ignites a furious onslaught of complex rhythms throughout here that’s exceptionally well-played for generating that kind of challenging, technical work here.

 

 

While that’s only one part of the album, the other aspect here of its brutality is somewhat lower in execution but no less so in importance. There’s efforts like “Slow Decay” and “Sentence Executioner” which feature plenty of tight, deep churning rhythms throughout those challenging and complex riff-work that does enhance those somewhat by enabling this one to really go for the kind of pummeling beatdown as it’s featuring thick, deep rhythms slamming over and over again while still maintaining a sense of technicality needed to ensure a rather complex set of rhythms throughout here, and this becomes all the more likeable throughout here with this great assault. It does become somewhat of a minor inconvenience when it doesn’t really do that much to separate the tracks from each other with the whole of the album being a rather indistinguishable blur of tight, complex riffing and deep rhythms, yet that’s really all that really holds this one back.

 

 

 

Despite being slightly hampered by the lack of identity within the tracks throughout here, this is still one of the more explosive and enjoyable offerings in the genre overall and manages to get enough right here that this certainly makes for a welcome addition for any fan of technical or brutal death metal.

 

http://www.metal-observer.com/3.o/review/amentia-scourge/

 

 

Hey there tech-fiends, I hope some of you all enjoyed last week's early Dark Matter Secret stream because that record is fucking epic. Today I'm back in review mode discussing a recent release from Amentia, who hail from Minsk and are well worth checking out. Before we begin, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for more cool music, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.

 

While technical brutal death metal spliced with proggy elements isn't an unknown quantity, it's certainly not something you find every day. For that reason alone, I give thanks to the metal gods for Scourge, the recently released third album from Amentia. If you've never heard of Amentia before, the group was founded by (now an ex-member as of last year) Posthumous Blasphemer bassist Alex Goron in 2003, and went on to release two excellent albums prior to the recent release of Scourge. Given that Posthumous Blasphemer is a fantastic band themselves, that should give you a hint as to the quality of the material here.

 

Although the main focus here is technical brutal death metal, Amentia strongly favor eclectic sonic diversity from moment to moment, alongside an affinity for chaotic excursions, and also frequent diversions into prog and groove territory over straightforward songwriting. In doing so, they've managed to write music on Scourge unlike anything else I've heard in this specific sub-strain of prog-inflected technical brutal death metal. The band states that Scourge is "Strongly recommended for the fans of Blotted Science, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Misery Index, The Faceless, Gorgasm, and Meshuggah", which is what the album delivers, in a variety of mixtures and blends between the polar opposite prog and brutal sides to their sound fighting for control like schizophrenic twins in an endless battle.

 

The songs on Scourge are of such a strong and truly creative quality, that I can confidently say this release will more than likely appeal to a lot of people who aren't typically into the brutal minded tech-death sound. Amentia has concocted the perfect fusion between realms on Scourge, and their unholy gospel may very well infect you in ways both strange and deadly upon hearing it. If you dig what you're hearing embedded below, you can purchase Scourge through the Amentia Bandcamp page. Be sure to follow Amentia over on their Facebook Page as well.

 

http://www.metalinjection.net/av/tech-death-tuesday/amentia-dish-out-brutal-prog-tinged-shred-on-scourge

 

 

Amentia are a death metal band from Belarus, and this is their third album.

 

This is technical/brutal death metal that features a member of the very enjoyable Disloyal. This is underground and very brutal. There is, however, more to this band initially might meet the eye.

 

Amentia have a distinct streak of technicality to them; this is passionately delivered with some atypical riffs and avant-garde/dissonant elements. The songs on Scourge see the band carving out a brutally engaging mixture of styles, all played with uncompromising aggression and lethal, focused barbarity.

 

Scourge merges the modern style of death metal, as espoused by bands like The Faceless, with non-standard Meshuggah influences, and a healthy dose of Suffocation-styled brutality.

 

I keep returning to the word brutal, I just can’t help it. For all of the other elements here, (and there are a fair few of them), this band have brutality stamped firmly onto them down to their very core. All of the melodic, avant-garde, and dissonant elements that appear on this release are only really there to enhance the band’s brutally aggressive delivery, and it all works a treat. Scourge will flay you alive and mash you up, both at the same time.

 

The lead guitar work is infectious and sharp, while the bass is untamed and wild, seemingly wandering where it wants to. The drums and vocals are both inhuman, with the former setting a daunting pace and performing all kinds of time-change gymnastics, while the latter provide consistently ultra-deep growls that seem to echo in your soon-to-be-smashed skull.

 

If the high-gloss delivery of some of modern death metal’s finest is too much for you, and you prefer something that revels in the murk, while still providing the modern listening style, then Amentia are ones to get acquainted with.

 

Scourge is an impressive album released by an impressive band.

 

https://wonderboxmetal.com/2017/06/03/amentia-scourge-review/

 

 

Like most metal aficionados, I’m a lover of all things dark and different. Sometimes that perturbing passion manifests itself in a breaking of creative boundaries, musical or otherwise. 1 Despite my death metal tastes dwelling mostly amongst the ossuaries of the ancients, I appreciate when a band goes the distance in pushing the envelope. Hyper technicality often leaves me cold – overwrought wankery aimed squarely at the untouched trouser department of guitar techs everywhere – but sometimes a band gets it right, melding proficiency, foresight and progression to conjure something unique from the chaos. Belarus’ very own Amentia are perhaps such a band. Harboring members of veteran acts Posthumous Blashphemer, Disloyal and Thy Disease, it’s a maddening meld of bulldozing riffs and schizoid lead work that comprises third album Scourge.

 

To get the name dropping out of the way, if you’re a fan of Misery Index, Blotted Science or The Faceless then, chances are, you’ll enjoy the kind of technical death metal that Amentia are offering. First up, “Kill Me” wastes no time in engaging with progressive staccato riffing and frenzied blastbeats. The component that inexorably elevates itself beyond the onslaught is the insistent soloing of guitarist Artyom, whose leads are so omnipresent, it’s increasingly redundant to refer to them as “solos.” He furnishes every available audible inch of the album with surreal spider-like fret-work – all layered over fusion inspired rhythms and head-spinning fluctuations in tempo.

 

Between the Suffocation inspired breakdown on “I Don’t Believe” and the huge, amorphous grooves in “Anorexia,” a comparatively slower track that has absolutely no business being as memorable as it is, Scourge makes for a pretty impressive listen. The main feature of the record, however, is the somewhat avant-garde structures and claustrophobic presence that the consistent lead guitar offers. Inside of that, it can sometimes be hard to identify the albums’s personality. Between the obvious tech death stylings and New York inclination, there’s a clear reverence for acts like Beyond Creation in the group’s earnest need for progression – particularly apparent on the moody stylings of “Slow Decay,” though not to the extent of the other Children of Chuck bands, who are content only to build upon Godfather Schuldiner’s latter works. In fact, the music is so dynamic in its composition, that it almost renders growler, Zubov and his ultra low emanations, obsolete. Second vocalist, Vile, responsible for screams that can barely be discerned anywhere on the record, fares worse still. When a band so clearly able and of such faculty employ what feel like peripheral gimmicks, it can’t help but seem a little counter-intuitive. Maybe I’m just old and rusty, but I’m not entirely convinced that the record’s quality wouldn’t be diminished had it been wholly  instrumental, which the majority of it is.

 

 

 

Special credit must go to Alex who not only supplies a wildly sentient bass, whose vibrations unpredictably prowl the entire record, but also wrote, mixed and mastered the album and, by all accounts, provided the rather exhaustive drums, too. His production offers the rabid instrumentation a primordial low-end – the kind of frequency that gave classics like Pierced From Within their herculean brawn. It’s this kind of percussive pugilism that so terminally hammers home “Sentence Executioner,” with riffs so unfaltering they practically terraformed my ear canals. One unfortunate trait of the production, however, and immune to the album’s overall quality, is each song’s tendency to begin and end abruptly, thus the transition from one track to the other can sometimes be a little indistinct. This habit results in the stronger material being denied the spotlight it richly deserves.

 

Amentia have consolidated their burgeoning influences and skill to delight and confound the ears of tech savvy death fans the world over. Although married to certain unforgiving engineering flaws, here is a record that surely succeeds in employing its baleful mania, and reminds us that the importance of extreme music, and its hand in broadening the horizons of what can be considered art, mustn’t be underestimated. If you too enjoy the creative malcontent, then dare to lock eyes with Scourge – “… for I knew that the King in Yellow had opened his tattered mantle and there was only God to cry now.”

 

http://www.angrymetalguy.com/amentia-scourge-review/

 

 

Alex Goron, who is the bassist of Posthumous Blasphemer, has returned with his side project Amentia and a follow up to the 2015 Mind Degradation EP. The Belarusian quartet has released Scourge under Satanath Records and right from the beginning, Amentia shall take you on a brutal death metal ride with “Kill Me.” Valery Toothgrinder and Dmitry Zubov’s harsh and screaming vocals highlight the song’s brutality by accompanying one another, not disregarding Goron’s bass plucking talents which emphasize the foundation of the song, and guitarist Artyom Serdyuk’s killer guitar riffs. Although not identical to “Kill Me,” “Slow Decay” and “Sentence Executioner” give you a near pure dose of brutal death metal. “Anorexia” on the other hand is much like “Kill Me” but with Goron and Serdyuk really showcasing their talents emphasizing the technical brand. “Paranoia” caps off this latest release just like it began but more aggressive, heavier on the drums and on the technical aspect and features two awesome guitar solos courtesy of Serdyuk himself. The Klown highly recommends that you lend this album your ears especially if you fancy yourself a death metal aficionado. Fan of Artificial Brain, Kronos and Dying Fetus will love this. Lastly, you can check out this album on the band’s bandcamp and judge for yourself.

 

https://ughmetal.com/2017/05/17/the-trials-of-may-12/

 

 

Belarus has grown to quite the extreme metal country in recent years, and on the 8th of May Satanath records brought out the latest proof of this in collaboration with Japanese Amputated Vein. Amentia plays technical death metal with a strong scent of brutal death metal (in every sense of the term). Scourge is the band’s third album, and it showcases their abilities very well. It takes technical musicians to play technical death metal, and Amentia has got them a-plenty.

 

Whenever I hear the genre tech-death being mentioned in connection with an album, I keep expecting Meshuggah/Yngwie Malmsteen type instrument masturbation. That is, technical and complex music being played technically and complexly somewhat for its own sake, which is something that doesn’t really lend itself to an underground music genre (also, Meshuggah and Malmsteen do have mad skills, which means they can get away with it a bit easier). In the case of Amentia, there is no trace of this. There are indeed choked back, heavy guitars hacking their way over ultra fast drums, strange melodies and the odd break, but the songs on Scourge are all solid death metal tracks. The vocals are incredibly brutal, and the deep growls connect riffs, solos and sputtering rhythmic experiments in an amazing way.

 

The chopped heaviness and grinding blast beats interact with clever licks and all-out solos, none of which overstay their welcome. Some of the things done here is difficult to even explain at all – the guitar work in “Sentence Executioner” is a mix of melodic horrors and the most butchered, chugging tech-death riffing you’ll hear this year. Shit is going on constantly on this one, and this is the first album I’ve heard in a long time where it wouldn’t feel entirely out of place to try to explain a segment from a song by inventing my own onomatopoeic language. For instance, the opening accompaniment of “Noble Death”: Ba ba-ba-ba ba-baba… Maybe not. Great track, though.

 

The bass sound is spectacular, and adds an extra dimension to the sound – imagine the bass sound from Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son being added to Cryptopsy’s or Suffocation’s heavier stuff. The production is also great. Mixing and mastering have worked in tandem to make the sound clear, with a very distinct separation of the different instruments, as is necessary in this type of death metal. More importantly: this tight, crisp production has been achieved without moving the whole thing too close to tech-death’s evil and retarded cousin deathcore. The aforementioned vocals also play a part here, of course, since no deathcore band ever had growls as awesome as this, but the guy behind the mixing table/computer deserves some extra praise for making sure that this came out the way it did.

 

Amentia have constructed an album which is extreme and technical, while also being surprisingly digestible. Scourge delivers violence, heaviness and plenty of complex riffing, but the combination of song-writing, the timely inclusion of attractive melodic parts and the great production means that anyone into extreme metal could and should check this out and enjoy it.

 

http://archaictriad.com/2017/05/13/amentia-scourge/

 

Third album from this band from Belarus. AMENTIA plays a kind of technical brutal Death Metal with undecipherable vocals and unorthodox rhythm patterns. The fact that they have already a few albums under their belt means that at least they are hard working with perseverance and that there are more than a few people that actually enjoy their sound. It also means they have developed a style of their own, and they are very competent musicians. The recording is very good, everything sounds in a right balance and it does not sound overproduced, something that harms many records today. And even if I am not a fan of the brutal Death Metal style (or slamming Death Metal as some call it) I find AMENTIA to be quite good at what they are doing. I think that it is their technical approach which is done with so much quality that makes them to be above similar bands. I can think of OBSCURA, DECREPIT BIRTH and some early CRYPTOPSY mixed with a good dose of SUFFOCATION and some bits reminded me of PESTILENCE “Spheres”. Yet, it is also an album not easy to get into. If you like straight forward brutal Death Metal, then it is not here. This is a challenge for the listener, and the band is wise enough to keep it coherent even with the weird song arrangements. The weakest point of the band is the vocals. Yes, I know that brutal Death Metal needs something low and deep, but then again some are able to do it the right way while doing a proper pronunciation (think of Frank Mullen) whereas when it just sounds brutal for the sake of it, it can dangerously become a parody of itself. For a band with the aura they evoke, with some bits of variety in the vocals and a bit cleaner approach, it will surely make this effort to be more enjoyable than what it already is.

 

http://www.voicesfromthedarkside.de/Albums-EPs-Demos/A/AMENTIA--11151.html

 

 

From Belarus a techdeath band named Amentia have come to surprise us all with some of the best brutal technical death metal you will hear all year. They might not be a household name within the genre, yet, but Amentia have existed since 2003 with Scourge being the bands third full-length release, six years after their sophomore album Incurable Disease. Having never heard of the band myself I was caught off-guard by the bands tight riffs and blasting drums. To me this is close to a perfect score, everything just seems to hit the right notes at the right times.

 

Not a single song on the album is even close to being bad and Scourge has been on repeat several times these past days. Only thing is that the songs tends to be a bit indistinguishable which makes it hard for the songs to stand out to one another. Sometimes that can be a good thing, sometimes not and in this case I would like there to be some more variation. In a year when heavy hitters like Decrepit Birth, Suffocation, Hideous Divinity and Hour of Penance are releasing killer techdeath Amentia are making a great effort to stand tall next to those monsters. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know a great upcoming band with an album you do not want to miss.

 

https://themetalgamerblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/amentia-scourge-technical-brutal-death-metal/

 

 

Continuing to unleash the extremity, Belarus-based technical brutal death metal masters Amentia are there to further the melding of complex and challenging rhythms with furious, blasting brutality that has made them one of the more explosive efforts in the genre. Finally returning after a six-year holdover from releases, the groups’ third full-length release was originally released May 7, 2017 on Satanath Records.

 

From the start, it’s quite apparent that the band is adept at going for the grand mixture of these two elements with plenty of stellar work throughout here. Firing off tight, surgically-precise riffing with spindly noodling with complex rhythms, there’s a great combination of elements at play here that adds to the charging atmosphere of the album. The frantic riff-work and blasting drumming here brings about a stellar series of up-tempo sections that fully spread the realm from furious chugging to blasting thrash beats and ignites a furious onslaught of complex rhythms throughout here that’s exceptionally well-played for generating that kind of challenging, technical work here. While that’s only one part of the album, the other aspect here of its brutality is somewhat lower in execution but no less so in importance. There’s plenty of tight, deep churning rhythms throughout those challenging and complex riff-work that does enhance those somewhat by enabling this one to really go for the kind of pummeling beatdown as it’s featuring thick, deep rhythms slamming over and over again while still maintaining a sense of technicality needed to ensure a rather complex set of rhythms throughout here, and this becomes all the more likeable throughout here with this great assault. It does become somewhat of a minor inconvenience when it doesn’t really do that much to separate the tracks from each other with the whole of the album being a rather indistinguishable blur of tight, complex riffing and deep rhythms, yet that’s really all that really holds this one back.

 

Despite being slightly hampered by the lack of identity within the tracks throughout here, this is still one of the more explosive and enjoyable offerings in the genre overall and manages to get enough right here that this certainly makes for a welcome addition to any fan of technical or brutal death metal.

 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Amentia/Scourge/641048

 

 

"Scourge" é uma bujarda da Bielorrússia de impor respeito. Trata-se do terceiro álbum dos Amentia, banda de death metal técnico que impressiona pelos níveis de excelência aqui atingidos. Sabemos que muitas vezes neste género acaba-se por entrar numa competição para ver quantas mais notas se conseguem soltar num curto espaço de tempo e que a musicabilidade é sacrificada - nada de errado com isso, existe quem gosta. Felizmente para quem gosta de outro tipo de propostas, os Amentia conseguem juntar a técnica à capacidade de fazer boas músicas, mesmo que essas músicas sejam algo difíceis de interiorizar - o que acaba por dar mais gozo nas posteriores audições. Tirando a produção que tem um volume algo baixo, este trabalho é recomendado a todos os fãs de música extrema complexa, provavelmente o melhor da carreira da banda até ao momento.

 

http://radiowom.blogspot.com/2017/07/world-of-metal-magazine-6-out-now-ja.html