AMENTES already was founded in 1995, under the banner of HOLLOW, but because of the Swedish band of the same name they renamed themselves to AMENTES, the underworld in the religion of the old Egyptians.
2003 the quartet then released its debut album “It Could All Have Vanished“, with songs written between 1998 and 2002, so technically enough time to find your own style and refine it, also as they can look back on a whole bunch of live shows. So let’s move into the world of AMENTES, which is described by the band as Progressive Doom/Death Metal…
“IX“ sets out pretty symphonic and epic, with quite strong use of keyboards, which are supported by the riff itself. Vocally we mostly get discernible growls (so not too harsh), enriched with some clean vocals and even light choirs, which at times remind me a bit of ORPHANED LAND, which is a big compliment right away. On the following “The Path Below Me“ they are a lot more technical and intricate, here the progressive part of the style description, you definitely will have to listen to this one a bit more often to get into it, but never gets unnerving.
„Reflections“ is another track, arranged very intensively and with varied vocals (especially the layered vocals are very well done here), very good keyboards used as piano and great melodies, also a really strong composition. With “Sacrifice Me” AMENTES prove that they do not only leave a good impression in the doomy areas, but speed off right away, almost blast beating, at least at the start, then slow down with clear vocals, breaking through fast with Death vox and back again, unusual for AMENTES, but interesting and a more than good loosening up as they also incorporate great guitar leads throughout the duration of the song.
For an independent release the production also is adequate, nothing outstanding, but still good enough not to mar the enjoyability, the guys definitively can play and also in the song writing they show more than just promise, but quite some potential, which also is shown a bit in the oriental melodies they use here and there (and according to the band this is an element that will be extended in the new songs, just like a bigger complexity), as on the closing, completely cleanly sung (in Serbian, btw), “Vidim”, which is a great closer for this album.
A band with a lot of potential, which I definitely will keep an eye (or ear) on, you should do the same! (Online June 11, 2004)