We have been closely following the musical progress of Minnesota’s Amiensus, essentially step by step, since we discovered and then praised their wonderful debut album Restoration back in the early days of 2013. Since then, they have released (and we have reviewed) a split with Oak Pantheon, a single named “Wolfhead’s Tree“, their 2015 album Ascension, and another single named “Reflections“.
As we happily reported last fall, Amiensus have signed with Apathia Records for the release of a new EP this spring, and now we have further details about it as well as the premiere of a track from the EP named “Gehenna“.
The title of the EP is All Paths Lead To Death, and Apathia has set May 19 as the release date. It will be available on CD and as a digital download. The EP includes five tracks, of which “Gehenna” is the first in the running order.
We’re told by the band that “the concept of the album revolves around Hell and different depictions as well”. For “Gehenna”, the band “took a deliberate step back from the pronounced keyboards”, yet they’ve told us that “this song will still have the most similar sound to previous material, as there is also almost no clean singing except on this track”.
I have to say that “Gehenna” has rapidly become one of my personal favorites among the songs Amiensus have recorded. It’s a strikingly multifaceted track. On the one hand, it’s as explosively ferocious as anything they’ve done, with high seething riffs and blinding drumwork matched to flesh-ripping shrieks and malignant roars. On the other hand, it’s almost as chilling and ominous as it is vicious in the early appearances of the clean vocal melodies. And on the third hand, in the final minutes, as the uniformly impressive instrumental performances shine even more brightly, it becomes beautiful in a way that swells the heart.
We’ll have more to say about All Paths Lead To Death in the coming weeks. But you can — and should — pre-order the EP now. To do that, visit Apathia’s web shop:
James Benson; Vocals
Alec Rozsa; Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Zack Morgenthaler; Guitars
Todd Farnham; Bass
Chris Piette; Drums
Aaron McKinney; Vocals