Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Amiensus - Abreaction

Now this is a thriller. It often feels like the latest waves of black metal has lost its sense of bombast. So to hear a band who in fact eagerly lean into that sense of bombast is refreshing. Amiensus find a touching balance between beauty and torment. Massive guitars and crushing vocals counterbalance gorgeous synth padding and elegant compositions. There latest offering, Abreaction is masterful, a thrilling piece of work that leaves listeners in awe of a band who have gone for the throat and continued to impress, no matter the creative leaps required. 
I think one of the things that makes Abreaction so good is that they are secretly a symphonic black metal band. Yes there are progressive touches and of course the obligatory post black metal elements, but listening to a song like 'All That Is Unknown' it's hard to disassociate the band entirely from the ranks of acts like Dimmu Borgir. Amiensus thrill with their raw dynamism, the eagerness that they throw themselves into the fray. This is a band who oftentimes sit in a league of their own, continually remind us of just how special they are and have brought in a wealthy diaspora of elements to make for something truly wondrous. 

There's a lot to sink your teeth into on this one. The band have left no stone unturned in crafting a masterful black metal offering. There are layers within layers and the execution is never anything less than completely tasteful. Amiensus may have taken five years to bring this record to fruition, but it was wholly worth it. It's a massive step forward, a thrilling sonic exploration and a reminder that they are the one and only. Abreaction is a masterful offering from these Midwestern black metallers and I'm thrilled to see what they do next!
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