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Plague of Locus

by The Amenta

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Intro 01:07
Asteroid 03:26
Angry Chair 06:31
A high barred window gives wan light That bruises as it moves west. Cracked, crushed into dust, My back aches with torn wings. I've been the watery wrack In a cracked old bowl. The skin that cracks, The teeth that chip. A trip of the guts. Sipping the limp sun’s lipids, I watch others, small as motes, Pressing their teeth to the bars, (Teeth to the bars), Like flies at horses' eyes. I've been the watery wrack In a cracked old bowl. A trip of the guts, As I slip the step. I've been the watery wrack In a cracked old bowl. The skin that cracks, The teeth that chip. A leg, fringed and segmented, Lacquered and thin, Juts from me And scratches sigils in the Darkening dirt. A secret war in my heart, But the body is a betrayer. A brittle shell, That aches and cracks. Others, Flit above in the dusk. The whirr of their wings Sings a storm that lifts winds The whirr of their wings sings. A pale waxy light roils and shifts In the rifts of the chitin. They don’t see me. From the cracks in my thorax Rises a solemn, flensed angel. Pure, bloodless and bold, it slips from the wreck. Rising to the window's yawn Cleaving the crowd, Unfelt, unnoticed, Breaching the bars, It reaches the sun.
Rise 02:51
Totem 03:24
Black God 05:01


THE AMENTA has always been a strange and uneasy amalgam of extreme music. Many reviewers have struggled to place the band within the spectrums of ugly, dissonant, and weird sounds. The new release, “Plague of Locus”, gives a first glimpse behind the curtain and shows some of the varied sources of inspiration for the band’s grotesque shape-shifting.

The shattered jewel in the crown is the title track. The song ‘Plague of Locus’ pairs bit-crushed and pitch-shifted guitars with theremin wails, blasting drums, and an eerie vocal performance to create a song that, at times, nods to THE AMENTA’s 2008 ‘n0n’ album while always pointing to a new and exciting future.

Surrounding this ugly blast are covers of artists that have been inspirational to THE AMENTA. ALICE IN CHAIN’s ‘Angry Chair’ is dragged through the murk and re-interpreted as some unholy dub-dirtied torch song. DIAMANDA GALAS’ ‘Sono L’Anticristo’ is reinvented as abrasive black metal, with guitars buzzing where pianos formerly clanged. KILLING JOKE’s ‘Asteroid’ has its post-punk face marred with chittering stabs of distorted violin. Other covers include chaotic reinterpretations of WOLF EYES’ ‘A Million Years’, MY DYING BRIDE’s ‘Black God’ and a trio of fundamental Australian extreme music classics: NAZXUL’s ‘Totem’, LORD KAOS’ ‘Crystal Lakes’ and HALO’s ‘Rise’.


released October 19, 2023

Plague of Locus” was recorded by The Amenta at n0n Studios in Sydney and Adelaide.
Vocals were recorded by Cain Cressall at Violent Voice Studios, Perth.
Drums for ‘Plague of Locus’, ‘Angry Chair’, and ‘Rise’ were recorded by Joe Haley at AAA Recording, Hobart.
Drums for ‘Sono L’Anticristo’, ‘Asteroid’, ‘Totem’, and ‘Crystal Lakes’ were recorded by Chris Themelco at Monolith Studios, Melbourne.
Additional Lead Guitar on ‘Angry Chair’ and ‘Crystal Lakes’ by Joe Haley.
Additional Vocals on ‘Black God’ by Alana Sibbison.
Mixed by Erik Miehs at n0n Studios, Sydney.
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering – California – U.S.A.
Cover Art by Metastazis.
Layout and Design by Dale Harrison.
Band Photography by Cole Bennetts.

‘Sono L’Anticristo’ was written by Diamanda Galás and originally appeared on “Plague Mass”.
‘Asteroid’ was written by Killing Joke and originally appeared on “Killing Joke”.
‘Totem’ was written by Nazxul and originally appeared on “Totem”.
‘Angry Chair’ was written by Alice in Chains and originally appeared on “Dirt”.
‘Rise’ was written by Halo and originally appeared on “Guattari (From the West Flows Grey Ash and Pestilence)”.
‘A Million Years’ was written by Wolf Eyes and originally appeared on “Human Animal”.
‘Crystal Lakes’ was written by Lord Kaos and originally appeared on “Thorns of Impurity”.
‘Black God’ was written by My Dying Bride and originally appeared on “Turn Loose the Swans”.


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The Amenta Sydney, Australia

THE AMENTA was crudely welded together in the sickly dawn of a new millennium, Combining the uglier aspects of Black Metal, Death Metal, extreme Industrial and ambient Electronica, THE AMENTA soundtracks an era of rot, rust and ruin

The current line-up consists of:

Cain Cressall (Vocals)
Erik Miehs (Guitars)
Timothy Pope (Samples, Keyboards)
Dale Harrison (Bass)
David Haley (Drums)
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