Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By The Amenta’s Timothy Pope

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.

The new topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we are excited to continue this ongoing series with an entry written by The Amenta’s Timothy Pope.

These guys might not be considered metal, or even hard rock, but what they do is seriously dark and seriously tasteful. A masterful use of restraint and perfect orchestration that manages to avoid the “build to climax” template of most post-metal and –rock, not to mention a fucking Theremin! Couple this with an impeccable sense of design and you’ve got a pretty killer package. I’ve been listening to these guys non-stop for the past year.

Some of you might know disEMBOWELMENT, the Australian Death/Doom band that was an inspiration to more well-known troops of doom, notably Sunn 0))). This is two of those guys further developing their original pioneering sound. Combine the dankness of Incantation, the crushing weight of Sunn 0))) and some interesting ritual percussion and ambience and you have Inverloch.

Malignant Monster
Full disclosure: This is our vocalist, Cain Cressall’s, other project. We first decided we needed Cain for The Amenta after watching Malignant Monster support us in Perth. He was (and still is) the creepiest fucking guy I have ever seen on stage. Musically these guys back it up with a thrash, death and black hybrid that perfectly complements Cain’s serial killer musings. They are very different to The Amenta but if you like creepy, dissonant horror then this’ll be your bag too.

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