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Amenra @Knust (Hamburg): Review

Lennard Boldt March 10, 2019

This year Amenra celebrate their twentieth anniversary and they can look back on some truly remarkable achievements. Not only did they manage to find their own unique sound, taking a step away from the usual comparison to other pioneering bands like Neurosis; with their collective “Church of Ra“ they founded an art cosmos full of mysterious bands, symbols and rituals, which has its followers all around the world.

The band was an insider tip for many years, but those times are official over now. They sold out the entire tour weeks ahead of the start and a huge crowd found its way to Knust, waiting patiently for the guys to enter the stageAround 22.45 the Amenra symbol, consisting of three crow legs in a triangle, shimmered on the screen at the back of the room and the band appeared. Frontman Colin kneeled down on a carpet, as usual with his back to the crowd. This is quite typical for him; there are even concerts where he turns his back to the crowd for the whole evening.

Not only he, but the whole band gave the impression that they play these songs more for themselves, as self-therapy, and the audience should just feel lucky to be part of it.

The night started with “De Dodenakker“, followed by “Razoreater” and “A Mon Âme”. Especially during “A Mon Âme“ it became quite clear that with bigger shows more people than the ordinary hardcore fans appear in the crowd. Drunken guys screaming ”Amenra“ and ”louder“ during the intimate moments when Colin whispers the lyrics and an unmistakable number of people instantly starting to chat with each other at every moment the band switched from their massive wall of sound to their quite ambient parts, and it became more and more annoying until one guy in the back screamed ”Haltet endlich eure Fresse!“ (a not so nice way to say ”Shut the fuck up”) loud and clear at Knust.

The major part of the audience however appreciated that kind of intervention and started to applaud. And with that the show kick-started, the concert definitely took a turn from this point, and you were able to fully experience the wholeness of their performance. It might also be a result of Amenra starting to play some of my favourite songs.

“Diaken”,“A Solitary Reign” and “Am Kreuz” with guest singer Lingua Ignota were unparalleled highlights until this point, fortified by the beautiful black and white videos of clouds, forests, mountains and symbols. Just the last song “Aorte.Ritual“ left an even bigger impression on me.

Both support acts came out on stage and they performed the song with an eight-man strong crew, and building up the momentum took minutes with the same repeating riffs, but didn’t release its tension for a single second until it exploded in one finale outburst of fury that can’t be described. So you better have a look yourself (see video below).

Even though Amenra is one of the bands who still make the effort to play a different setlist every day, the experience of witnessing the sound of true despair and anger connects every of their shows. Their concerts are no hit or miss, they always hit. The brute sound, the fragile moments of silence and the videos in the background, full of nature and occult symbols, sum up to a piece of art you won’t forget after witnessing it.


Setlist

  • De Dodenakker
  • Razoreater
  • A Mon Ame
  • Diaken
  • Boden
  • A solitary reign
  • Terziele
  • Am Kreuz
  • Ritual

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