As the Masses amassed, it became clear Amenra was a serious contender within the post/sludge/doom genre. With this reissue of the long out of print debut we take a step back, and celebrate the album that started the procession now exactly a decade ago. "Mass I", rooted in the (post)hardcore and noise scene, reveals an ambitious outfit that are set to preach their distinctive blurring of genres and musical conventions. The original recordings' brilliance is finally revealed by Billy Anderson's (Eyehategod, Melvins, Neurosis, Swans) tremendous remastering. "Mass I" never sounded this full and powerful. If you want to know what Amenra is all about, start praying with us from the beginning.
The eerie quietness of the first couple of minutes of Children Of The Eye announces the coming storm, and the nine explosive, cathartic minutes of this opening song hold in themselves all the strikingly disparate emotions that we have come to expect from Amenra. Mass VI is an emotional rollercoaster until its very last second, until Diaken is abruptly ended at its very climax, as the last breath of an expiring life.