The band’s focus on the inherent and desolate beauty that’s found in life imbued with a painful ambience not often found within their doomed sludge style…in the clashing of tender and serene passages with intense screams and walls of noise that AMENRA touch upon the actuality of life. It will hurt and terrify, but there can be salvation.
9/10 METAL HAMMER
A visceral, physical entity: the emotions they convey are raw, simply and universal.
The dynamics of Mass V are simply staggering.
ROCK A ROLLA
An elephantine beast of a record, whose greyness of hue is matched by its thunderous assault…Mass V portrays a band with grim gravitas that’s all their own.
They are a visceral, physical entity: the emotions they convey are raw, simple and universal and once they hit that stage, they WILL make you feel their pain.
On Mass V to say they’ve surpassed themselves is an understatement. Thanks in no small part to the anguished squalls of Colin Van Eekhout’s vocals there is a truly uncomfortable and palpable sense of fear and distress, like being forced into the ominous blackness that adorns the album’s cover.
The final few minutes of this incredible record consist of a repetitious riff, one root note with a couple of high notes, that plays forever, fading out and literally leaving you stunned. Devoid of all hope and completely apocalyptic, it’s a testament to Amenra’s incredible skill that a record of such slow paced, utter desolation not only goes by so quickly but has you reaching for the play button again the instant it ends.
TIGHT TO THE NAIL
Like being bludgeoned with a blunt object.