The Amenta formed when members of various Sydney-based
bands decided to band together and attempt something unique
in the realm of extreme metal.
Initially many of the members' real names were mostly unknown,
though a couple of guys from
were known to be in the mix.
Essentially the band plays post-black metal with industrial
touches, though that description only hints at their overall
To these ears, they lie somewhere between
as they are less industrial than the former, less caustic and harsh
than the latter, and more dynamic than either of the two.
The vocals are an almost death-ish growl, yet not monotonous, and
the guitars are superbly crunchy.
But it's the keyboards, though not at the forefront, that
are the differentiator here, as they convey a futuristic
atmosphere and perfectly complement the guitar riffs.
Most importantly, this band writes real songs, not just the
stringing together of riffs and noise like many extreme bands are
prone to do.
Recent album: Plague Of Locus,
released on October 19, 2023.