To AMENRA, aesthetics are not merely supplementary to the musical experience but essential to it, and for their monumental new album Mass V, they have surpassed themselves. Today the band have proudly unveiled the artwork and track listing for the album which will see the light of day on November 27th, their first for new label home Neurot Recordings.
All photos contained in the layout for Mass V were taken by Stefaan Temmerman and the art itself was made and assembled by Webecameaware. On the subject of the album’s visual aspects, the band revealed the following personal testimonial about how it came to be…
“In November 2011 we went out wandering through our own and neighbouring countries. Looking for the perfect setting for the artwork to the new album. After a couple of days our trail ended at the village of Wissant in North France. The site is a gathering of destroyed bunkers from the second World War. The force and strength coming from these weathered constructions was overwhelming. Concrete blasted to pieces, hundreds of bullet holes everywhere, the salt and sand were once covered in blood. We drew respect from these stone temples, this once, was a world of pain. We stayed overnight at the site and slept on one of the bunkers just so we could get swallowed by the sea as tide came in and when the dawn brought first light, Stefaan Temmerman took the picture we knew was going to be perfect to represent our MASS V. It was a long and cold night.” – CHVE
AMENRA have also released another video trailer crafted by their very own guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove which offers another brief but tantalizing insight into the sounds of Mass V.
Mass V Track Listing:
1. Dearborn and Buried
3. A Mon Ame
4. Nowena I 9.10
There will be an art exhibition at the AB Venue preceding the band’s already sold out record release show on December 22nd where Stefaan Temmerman, AMENRA members CHVE and Mathieu Vandekerckhove and other artists will be showcasing photographs and more on the album. More info can be found HERE.
AMENRA confirmed live appearances:
10/06/2012 Club Fabrica – Bucharest, Romania
10/27/2012 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal @ Amplifest
11/03/2012 Leeds University Union – Leeds, UK @ Damnation Festival
12/22/2012 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium *record release show
4/19/2013 Patronaat Church – Tilburg, Netherlands @ Roadburn Festival
5/05/2013 Klub Firlej – Wroclaw, Poland @ Asymmetry Festival
Don’t forget, on 28 September AMENRA will release their first live CD on Consouling Sounds which can be pre-ordered here: http://consouling.be/ra_live.php. Their own webstore address is www.soulslayer.net.
Source: Rarely Unable
Photo Credit: Jeroen Mylle