Hearing about a band from Egypt with the label of Blackened Death Metal MUST generate some excitement. From doing quick research on the band, “The Order of the Amenti” seemed to be album a long time in the making, and started work in 2015. Formed in 1998, the band has only had one full-length album released in 2014, and before that, played between the black and melodic death metal genres with a couple of EPs. Their Ancient Egyptian imagery (super badass cover art), lyrics, and atmosphere are quite present throughout this new album - almost Septicflesh “Communion” reminiscent (although do not expect the bombastic symphonics). The “blackened” part of the music, however, seems to be almost non-existent, perhaps faintly as if there’s a shadow of the former sound. This is not a bad thing - the band's evolution towards this melodic death, Egyptian-flair sound is certainly gaining popularity as our metal world ultimately becomes subject to the beautiful effect of globalization.
When listening to “The Order of the Amenti”, one may just wish to hear more of these ethnic sounds. As an example, it reminds me of one band who puts this style at the forefront of the music in the melodic death genre - Aeternam from Quebec (whose singer originates from Morocco). The amount of “Egyptian” sound one would wish to hear is simply up to the listener - although this reviewer would have loved to hear more. When you take that aspect away from the music, you are left with some straight-up, good death metal. The singer Ismaeel Attalah has wonderfully dark death vocal production, although lacks in stylistic range. Unfortunately there is nothing groundbreaking about the music itself, aside from those moments of Egyptian flair and a small bit of symphonic sounds that could have been more abundant. In those moments, however, the texture expands and creates a really enjoyable multi-faceted listening experience. There is not too much diversity between tracks, but the songs themselves are well-written and broken up frequently into sections both rhythmically and harmonically to keep interest throughout each song.
The album starts off strongly with “Reciting Spells to Mutilate Apophis”, with a creepy horror-movie style intro to set the mood for rest of the album. Strong blast-beats dominate the song as the main riff is traded between melodic guitars, choir, and symphonic synth. If this is your thing, expect more of the same throughout. Don’t get me wrong - it’s great, but do not expect there to be much of a texture change. “Through the Scars of Horus” is one of the stronger tracks, with a strong bass line and groove-like rhythm that soars into a pretty tasteful solo. A personal favorite is “Beyond the Path of Amenti” - there is something super heavy about this track that stands out from all the others. The vocal production on this one is punchier, and overall, more brutal. The atmospheric introductions to a lot of the songs are refreshing in between tracks - I think without them, this album would suffer from monotony. All things considered, I am looking forward to hearing the evolution and progression of this band.
Label: Listenable Records
1.Reciting Spells to Mutilate Apophis
2.Sons of Monthu
3.Obscuring the Light
4.Through the Scars of Horus
5.The Will of Amon-Ra
6.Beyond the Path of Amenti
7.The Twelfth Gate
8.In the Name of Osiris