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The Amenta

Formed: 2002
From: Sydney, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The Amenta News

Below is our complete The Amenta news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Amenta Posts Lyric Video

Australian extremists The Amenta have posted a lyric video for the song "Sewer," which comes off their latest release, "Flesh is Heir." The album was released in North American on May 7th via Listenable records. Check out the lyric video for "Sewer" below. In other news, The Amenta is gearing up for a string of Australian dates with the band Ruins. Dates are as follows:

July 11th @ Crowbar - Brisbane
July 12th @ Bald Faced Stag - Sydney
July 13th @ The Bendigo Hotel - Melbourne
July 14th @ The Brisbane Hotel - Hobart

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The Amenta Streaming Full Album

Australia's most mercurial extreme metal band The Amenta has joined forces with Terrorizer Magazine to stream the forthcoming "Flesh is Heir" in its entirety. The band commented on the album:

"'Flesh is Heir' is how we believe extreme music should sound. We made it for us, without thought of how it will be received. We believe that this is the best album you will hear in 2013. We know it will be the best we will hear."

Flesh is Heir full album stream can be accessed by going here. The band recently released a video for the song "Teeth." View the madness below.

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The Amenta Announces New Releases

The Amenta is proud to announce the release of “V01D/CHOKE HOLD” through Listenable Records. Combining the full 16 track digital release “V01D," with the title track and cover of Godflesh’s "Christbait Rising" from the “Chokehold” E. (released in 2012 on Itunes by Listenable Records), this is the first physical release of all these recordings.

Both were released as placeholders before the 2013 release of the new album by The Amenta, “Flesh is Heir,” and show two completely different sides of the band. Listenable comments:

"V01D is an epic, melodic hymn which is worlds away from the angular dissonance of previous The Amenta releases. It leaves your so-called black metal for dead. Choke Hold is a dirty, violent re-imagining of Godflesh’s sound circa Streetcleaner. The lyrics are a blues because repetition is the only way through your skull.

"V01D/CHOKE HOLD will be available exclusively from The Amenta on the upcoming European tour with Obituary, Macabre and Psycroptic as well as from the Listenable Records store here. This is an extremely limited pressing. The Amenta will release their new album on March 25th." More...

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Psycroptic Announces European Tour

In February 2012 the new and fifth release of Psycroptic, titled "The Inherited Repression," was released on the world. Armed with this new weapon, the band is confirmed to support death metal cult act Obituary and the legendary Macabre, plus The Amenta on an upcoming tour in Europe. Dates are as follows:

22.11 Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
23.11 Germany, Trier @ Exhaus
24.11 Netherlands, Leeuwarden @ Romein
25.11 Netherlands, Deventer @ Burgerweeshuis
27.11 Germany, Berlin @ K17
28.11 Czech Republic, Ostrava @ Barrak Music Club
29.11 Austria, Wien @ Szene
30.11 Germany, Cham @ LA Club
01.12 Belgium, Louvain Le Neuve @ Mass Deathtruction Fest
02.12 France, Paris @ Divan Du Monde
04.12 Ireland, Dublin @ Button Factory
05.12 UK, London @ Garage
06.12 Germany, Essen @ Turock
07.12 Germany, Geiselwind @ Musichall (plus Cradle of Filth & God Seed)
09.12 France, Colmar @ Le Grillen
11.12 France, Lyon @ C.C.O. Villeurbanne
12.12 Switzerland, Luzern @ Konzerthaus Schuur
13.12 Germany, Munich @ Backstage Halle
14.12 Netherlands, Eindhoven @ Eindhoven Metal Meeting
15.12 Germany, Leipzig @ Hellraiser / 20 Years Anniversary Hellraiser-Leipzig (plus Endstille & Enthroned) More...

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Deicide Announces More European Tour Dates

American death metal legends Deicide has announced some additional dates for their forthcoming, "God Is Dead - To Hell With God" European tour, which also includes Belphegor, Hour of Penance and The Amenta.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

June 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival *
June 18 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metal Town *
June 23 - Rotterdam /Holland - Baroeg
June 24 - Drachten/ Holland - Iduna
June 25 - London, UK - London Deathfest at the Underworld
June 26 - Plymouth, UK - The White Rabbit
June 27 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
June 28 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
June 29 - Namur, Belgium - Cinex
June 30 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
July 1 - Winterhur, Switzerland - Gaswerk
July 2 - Kassel, Germany - Salzmann Factory
July 3 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
July 4 - Katowize, Poland - Mega Club **
July 5 - Poznan, Poland - Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
July 6 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
July 7 - Koeln, Germany - Essigfabrik
July 8 - Torgau, Germany - In Flammen Festival
July 9 - Salzburg, Austria - Rock Haus
July 10 - Rossiglione (Genova), Italy - Metal Valley Open Air
July 11 - Bari, Italy - Target Club
July 12 - Pinarella di Cervia (Ravenna), Italy - Rock Planet
July 14 - Tokaj, Hungary - Hegyalja Festival
July 15 - Kosice, Slovakia - Collosseum Club
July 16 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metal Camp*
July 17 - Wuerzburg, Germany - Posthalle **

* Deicide only
** No Belphegor

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The Amenta Added To Deicide Tour

Sydney, Australia based extreme metal act The Amenta will join Deicide, Belphegor, and Hour Of Penance for the "To Hell With God, God Is Dead" European Tour. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more to be added soon:

17 June - Copenhagen / Denmark @ Copenhell Festival*
18 June – Gothenburg / Sweden @ Metal Town*
23 June – Rotterdam /Holland @ Baroeg
24 June – Drachten/ Holland @ Iduna
25 June – London / UK @ London Deathfest at the Underworld
26 June – Plymouth / UK @ The White Rabbit
27 June – Liverpool / UK @ The Masque
28 June – Nottingham / UK @ Rescue Rooms
29 June – Namur / Belgium @ Cinex
30 June – Lyon / France @ Ninkasi Kao
01 July – Winterhur / Switzerland @ Gaswerk
02 July – Kassel / Germany @ Salzmann Factory
03 July – Prague / Czech Republic @ Exit Chmelnice
04 July – Katowize / Poland @ Mega Club^
05 July – Poznan / Poland @ Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
06 July – Bremen / Germany @ Tivoli
07 July – Koeln / Germany @ Essigfabrik
08 July – Torgau / Germany @ In Flammen Festival

*Deicide only
^No Belphegor

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The Amenta Posts "Vo1d" Trailer

The Amenta has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming release "Vo1d," which can be viewed below.

You can also catch the band live on the following dates:

March 26 - Valve Bar, Tempe, Sydney
April 01 - The Arthouse, Melbourne
April 02 - The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (AA)
April 02 -The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (18+)
April 03 - The Pelly Bar, Frankston
April 08 - The Bass Bar, Wagga Wagga
April 09 - The Maram, Canberra
April 15 - Rosies, Brisbane
April 29 – Club LED, Newcastle, NSW
April 30 - The Gaelic Theatre, Sydney
June 10 - 12th - Perth, WA – TBA

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The Amenta Announces New Tour Dates

Sydney, Australia extreme metal act The Amenta has revealed a new batch of tour dates set to take place in the band's home country of Australia. Support on the trek will come from Ruins. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

March 26 - Valve Bar, Tempe, Sydney *
April 01 - The Arthouse, Melbourne
April 02 - The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (AA)
April 02 -The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (18+)
April 03 - The Pelly Bar, Frankston *
April 08 - The Bass Bar, Wagga Wagga
April 09 - The Maram, Canberra
April 15 - Rosies, Brisbane
April 29 – Club LED, Newcastle, NSW
April 30 - The Gaelic Theatre, Sydney
June 10 - 12th - Perth, WA – TBA *

* = No Ruins

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Utopia Records Celebrates 30 Years w/ Metal Shows

Sydney’s Utopia Records is currently in it’s 30th year and to celebrate, they will be staging a series of shows to celebrate the local rock and metal scene. “This series of shows will focus on the various sub genres of the might juggernaut that is metal, and will present the best bands from the Sydney scene of the musical & cultural phenomenon that really is louder than life.”

July 10th will see Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Killrazer, Darker Half, Anno Domini, Norse and Hellbringer hit the Manning Bar stage to celebrate the occasion.

Tickets are available for $27 from Utopia Records or Moshtix.

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Beyond Terror Beyond Grace Readies New Album

NSW-based grind/death metal band Beyond Terror Beyond Grace will release their latest album, “Our Ashes Built Mountains,” on February 4, 2010. The band has just uploaded two tracks off the album. Check out “Husk” and “Flightless” at the band's MySpace page.

The album features a number of guests including Jasion Peppiatt (Psycroptic), Jarrod Krafcyk (ex The Amenta), Alex Pope (Ruins), Blake Wilson (Gallows for Grace), Anno Vo (Crux) as well as soundscapes by Tim Pope from The Amenta. The album art was by Colin Marks who has worked for Aborted, Strapping Young Lad, Whitechapel etc.

The band commented: “We are beyond happy with the results, and we feel that to say that this CD is an enormous step up musically, in production, lyrically and conceptually from the last album is a bit of an understatement. We have really made an effort to craft a complete album rather than just throwing a bunch of songs together – there are lyrical concepts, samples, ideas and motifs that thematically link throughout the whole CD. We are very much looking forward to getting it out there.”

International tour dates and label announcements are still to come.

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Monsters Of Death Tour Date To Be Streamed Online

The upcoming Monsters of Death show on Saturday, November 14, 2009 will be streamed online for free at this location (registration is required). The stream will start at 4PM Pacific/7PM Eastern. Performing at the show will be Augury, Vader, Decrepit Birth, The Amenta, Warbringer, and Swashbuckle.

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Live Footage Of The Amenta Posted Online

Live footage from The Amenta’s recent show in Sydney has been posted on Youtube. This is the first live footage of the band since the introduction of new vocalist Cain Cressall on vocals and Dan Quinlan on bass. Check the video out below:

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Warbringer Announces Megadeth Shows

WARBRINGER has been chosen by Megadeth to open for them for some select major North American shows this fall.

John Kevill (vocals) states: “After the Monsters of Death tour (with Vader, Decrepit Birth, The Amenta, Augury and Swashbuckle) we get to go off and do some shows with fucking Megadeth! For us as a band this is pretty huge, it will be excellent to share the stage with such a legendary band. Also we are playing around the mid-north of the country in some places we've never been. Then after that we are going to Hawaii for some shows, so the rest of the year is looking completely badass. The band’s live performance is better and more lethal than ever before, so we look forward to seeing you all soon.”

Here are the latest Warbringer tour dates through the end of the year: More...

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The Amenta Announces Farewell Aussie Dates

THE AMENTA has announced some farewell Australian shows before their upcoming U.S. tour. These shows will be the first Australian east coast performance by the recently announced new lineup, with the addition of Cain Cressall on vocals and Dan Quinlan on bass and one of the final shows before THE AMENTA embark on a six week tour of North America with VADER, DECREPIT BIRTH, AUGURY, WARBRINGER and SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOKALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY. Here are the newly announced Australian dates:

October 23rd - Bald Faced Stag, Sydney
October 24th - Arthouse, Melbourne

These will be the last shows THE AMENTA will perform in Australia in 2009. Following the US tour, THE AMENTA will focus on writing the follow up to 2008’s acclaimed album, “n0n.”

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Swashbuckle To Join Vader On Tour

New Jersey pirate thrashers Swashbuckle will replace Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky on several dates of Vader’s headlining tour this November/December. Guitarist/scallywag Commodore Redrum offered the following nautical non-sense:

"Aye, since I'm (unfortunately) the least hammered right now out of us pirates three, suppose its my duty, nay, pleasure to fill yar salty ears with great news! After we finish pillaging the European Paganfest, SWASHBUCKLE shall return to North America in support of the mighty VADER. We're stoked and you should be too. Splash will meet thrash and partying will commence!”

The complete line-up consists of Vader, Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, The Amenta, Swashbuckle, and Augury. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

11/04/09 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/05/09 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/06/09 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
11/06/09 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA ç SWASHBUCKLE ONLY
11/07/09 The Blender Theater @ Gramercy – New York, NY
11/07/09 Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA ç SWASHBUCKLE ONLY
11/08/09 Fou Founes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
11/09/09 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
11/10/09 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
11/11/09 Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
11/12/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/13/09 Pyramid Club – Addison, IL
11/14/09 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/15/09 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/16/09 Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
11/17/09 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
11/18/09 The Underground – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/19/09 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
11/20/09 Roll-A-Dome – Prince George, BC – CANADA
11/21/09 Bourbon – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
11/21/09 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA ç SWASHBUCKLE ONLY
11/22/09 Sugar – Victoria, BC – CANADA
11/23/09 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/24/09 Satyricon – Portland, OR
11/25/09 Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
12/01/09 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA ç SWASHBUCKLE ONLY
12/02/09 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA ç SWASHBUCKLE ONLY
12/03/09 Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA ç SWASHBUCKLE ONLY
12/04/09 The Palladium – Worcester, MA ç SWASHBUCKLE ONLY
12/05/09 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA ç SWASHBUCKLE ONLY
12/09/09 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/10/09 Gil’s Bar & Grill – Virginia Beach, VA
12/11/09 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
12/12/09 Ches-A-Rena Entertainment Complex - Cheswick , PA
12/13/09 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

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Subtract Announces Australian Mini-tour

Auckland band Subtract has announced an October mini-tour of Australia, to be supported by Sydney’s The Amenta. The band comments:

"So we finally have some Aussie dates locked down. We are playing Sydney and Melbourne with The Amenta, and we’re fucking excited about it. Our album Winning Hearts and Minds and video for Dirty Paradise are doing quite nicely in Australia, and our visit across the ditch is long overdue.

"Add to that support shows in Auckland with Arch Enemy on November 10th, and Lamb of God/Shadows Fall on December 10th, it’s shaping up to be good end to the year.

"Hails to our Aussie label Katzenjammer Records’ Blair Walsh who’s doing a sterling job for us over there. Cheers bro, we’ll be seeing you soon. Heads up Aussie, Subtract’s coming to tear you a new one!"

Here are SUBTRACT's Australian tour 2009 dates:

23rd Oct - The Arthouse, Melbourne w/ The Amenta
24th Oct - The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney w/ The Amenta

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Se Bon Kira Replaces Infiltrator At ATG5 Fest

Organiser’s of leading Australian Heavy Metal festival Against The Grain have announced lineup changes to this year’s fifth edition of the fest, which is set to take place on Saturday, September 19.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances Infiltrator will not be taking part in Australia’s biggest metal fest, Against The Grain 5. We apologies to anyone who purchased a ticket just to see Infiltrator, but rest assured the rest of the line up will keep you more than satisfied if your an Infiltrator fan.

"Adelaide’s own Se Bon Kira will be taking their position on the day, news that Adelaide metal fans will be no doubt be happy about. After their highly successful EP launch on July 4th, which saw a packed out Uni-Bar witness Se Bon Kira display a flawless set of raw groove laden thrash, they were the obvious choice to put on the festival and we are very happy that they will be taking part of the festivities."

You can check out Se Bon Ki Ra at their MySpace page.

Here's the lineup for AGAINST THE GRAIN 2009: More...

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The Amenta Comments On Vader Tour

Sydney Australia-based extreme metal act THE AMENTA will join VADER, DECREPIT BIRTH, WARBRINGER, AUGURY, S.W.W.A.A.T.S. on “Monsters Of Death Tour” presented by Decibel Magazine. Keyboardist/sampler, Tim Pope, comments on the tour, “THE AMENTA is very honored to be sharing a stage with VADER in North America on the "Decibel Presents: Monsters Of Death Tour". Our first European tour - Winterfest 2009 - was with Vader earlier this year and we know that we’re going to have a great time both offstage and on with those guys. It’s a very strong bill and we can’t wait to see the other bands in action. We’ve heard so much about touring North America and can’t wait to get over there to blow people away. We are on the top of our game at the moment and the States will finally get to see what we are capable of. Thanks to everyone involved for giving us a chance. It’s a great honor to have such a strong tour for our first time on your shores. To the fans in the States: Get ready. You haven’t seen anything like us.” More...

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Warbringer Added to Vader's North American Tour

Warbringer has announced their addition to Vader's North American tour with the following update:

"We'll be joining Vader in November and December for dates across the US and Canada. Those Polish death metal legends will have a new album out on Nuclear Blast and this will be their first headline US tour in some time. It's a killer tour package called "Monsters of Death" and features Vader, Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, The Amenta, Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky and Augury. Dates are posted on our page so check 'em out and come down to the show and support true brutal metal!!"

The tour dates are as follow: More...

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"Unleashing the Extreme" Supporting Bands Revealed

Supporting bands for the "Unleashing The Extreme" Tour have been announced. The tour features three of Australia’s highest caliber metal bands on one devastating bill: Psycroptic, The Amenta and Ruins. The tour will kick off in Western Australia, before winding its way through Queensland, ACT, NSW and Victoria.

Supporting bands for individual tour dates are listed below:

June 4th - Players Bar, Mandurah*^ with Plague
June 5th - YMCA HQ, Leederville (AA)*^ with Malignant Monster, Sworn To Thanatos
June 6th - The Rosemount Hotel, Perth^ with Nails Of Imposition, Deathfuckingcunt
June 11th - Brannigan’s, Gold Coast* with The Meat Grinder
June 12th - Rosie’s, Brisbane with Laceration Mantra
June 13th - Sands Tavern, Maroochydoore* with Ablaze Withsin
June 19th - The Basement, Canberra with Punishment
June 20th - The Manning Bar, Sydney (Lic/AA) with Dred
June 21st - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle with Black Asylum
June 26th - The National Hotel, Geelong with Tenth Dan
June 27th - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne with Tenth Dan, Guild Of Destruction
June 28th - TBC Melbourne (U18)

*Door sales only
^The Amenta not playing

All presale tickets will recieve a free STOMP sampler cd. Tickets are available from the following outlets:

Perth - Moshtix
Brisbane - Oztix
All NSW Shows - Moshtix
Geelong - Oztix
Melbourne - The Corner Hotel

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