|Review: The Amenta - n0n|
Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 27, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)
I hadn't heard the debut from these guys, but I was under the impression that it was some pretty sweet Black/Death in the vain of Zyklon. I felt that before looking deeper into latest release from The Amenta n0n. I owed it to myself to check out some of their earlier stuff. After giving a few mp3's a listen I was rather impressed with what I'd heard; blackened Death Metal in the vain of the aforementioned Zyklon with industrial undertones, and some of the finest drumming this side of Hellhammer. Hastily I grabbed the promo I have here of n0n, thrusting it into my disc drive in anticipation of the assault on the senses I would receive.
I must admit I was a little underwhelmed. The fantastic drum work was there, however everything else seemed to be drowned out by the industrial samplings and electric noise, which certainly affects the listening experience. Opener "Junky" is pretty sweet, bringing to mind futuristic visions (Terminator anyone?) with sound not unlike Dimmu Borgir with a sprinkling of Fear Factory over the top. Some nice guitar work shines through the industrialisms at times and it's certainly pretty crunchy. "Slave" is pretty unforgiving in its drum work with some nifty Black-style guitars in the intro, strangely the pace slows down and the industrial parts are again, pushed into the fore. Despite that we still have a pretty cool track. Unfortunately the album has numerous let downs. For one most of this sounds the same. Secondly, the industrial element is just too prominent here; it really does derive from the band's sound. Finally I have to mention the singer, he sounds like a fucking Nu-Metal singer. Listen to "Dirt" for a perfect example.
In all honesty this album is probably best avoided, the only point of interest n0n has to offer is the fantastic drumming, although if you enjoyed their first release I'd suggest checking this one out. There are definitely some headbangable moments, but I found them few and far between, often crushed under the industrial soundscape. Best approached with caution.
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