Amenra, one of the most important doom-sludge band of the moment, plays on November 8 at Quantic Club.
Amenra is a Belgian band from Kortrijk. It was formed in 1999 by vocalist Colin H. van Eeckhout and guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove, who now perform alongside drummer Bjorn Lebon, guitarist Lennart Bossu and bassist Levy Seynaeve. Among a number of other works, they have released six studio albums in the Mass series, the latest of them through Neurot Recordings. The band’s unique musical style, characterised by brooding atmospheres and spiritual intensity, is rooted in doom metal, hardcore punk and post-rock. Their live performances, accompanied by visual art, have been described as “entrancing communions”. In 2005, Amenra formed Church of Ra, a collective of collaborating artists which now includes Oathbreaker and the Black Heart Rebellion.
Amenra are the masters of all things post and their emotional destruction drips with agony and suffering. There’s a palpable pain the music, driving its way into your synapses like a corkscrew, forcing you to take notice and watch as the Belgian hate-mongers exorcise their demons. Overlaid by the imagery of barren, frost-bitten landscapes, this isn’t a party, but it’s oddly cathartic.
Support will come from Swiss band E-L-R and the Australian group Ylva.
E-L-R is a Swiss band that is characterized by hypnotic rhythms suspended in a haze of eternal reverberation.
Drawing influences from a deep well of experience in past outfits, YLVA, hailing from Melbourne, Australia’s capital of underground music, create patient, dark and mysterious pieces of heavy music.