To say something about Amenra is not that easy if you are a big fan like me, or all of us at My Proud Mountain.
Let us use the words our US family Neurot Recordings wrote for the last Album to introduce the band to the ones who have never heard of them before:
Formed in the forsaken fields of West-Flanders Belgium, Amenra has been conjuring unholy masses and paving their own headstrong way since 1999. Spreading their vision of a world that’s out of touch with its past, present and future, they take their adepts through a world of unseen mystique. Their postmodern vision of music, existing of droning, repetitive chords alternated by gut-wrenching hauls can make an experienced listener renounce his definition of music, perhaps even his whole belief system. Amenra puts heart and soul into every note, word and image, and changes the course of people’s lives everywhere their path leads.
Recent history has shown an extremely confident and focused Amenra. Beside touring on their own and with Neurosis, the band has been branching out and taking modest steps onto what has previously been virgin territory to them with an acoustic record, a book which vulnerably offers their heart and inspiration, and various art exhibitions. Amenra forges their path while constantly gaining followers, members of the Church Of Ra, a sect, now thousands in numbers.
Amenra’s confounding and compelling sound that mixes surrealist melody and warped subtleties with churning rhythms, pummeling riffs and crushing dynamics stands on it’s own.
Releasing a Record for Amenra means a lot to My Proud Mountain.
LIVE II is the second live CD / DoLP of AMENRA recorded at AB, Brussels (Tracks 1-6) on December 22th, 2012 & De Kreun, Kortrijk (Tracks 7-10) on February 10th, 2013 by Hein Devos. Mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson (EyeHateGod, Sleep, Fantomas, Mr. Bungle)
The record is released in beautiful screen-printed cover, hand-printed by Fabian Lauer of serigrafie-lauer.de.
Working on it over 1,5 years now and proving that running an independent label is not that easy MY PROUD MOUNTAIN is really proud to finally announce the release of LIVE II.
There will be a special limited vinyl version that includes the original show poster where the record was recorded.
The record includes a song featuring Scott Kelly of Neurosis who played with Amenra in Kortrijk.
Scott Kelly about the show and the record: „1000 people in attendance, the most incredible visual presentation I have ever seen in my life, and a band that is at the top of their game right now, recorded in perfect quality.“