Minnesota-based progressive black metal collective Amiensus will unleash their Abreaction full-length on October 2 via their new label home of Transcending Records.
In advance of the release of Abreaction, the band recently issued two new tracks, “Drowned” and “A Convocation Of Spirits”.
Mixed and mastered by French-Canadian acoustic guitarist Antoine Dufour, Abreaction is an amalgamation of all Amiensus material to date – the melody of 2013’s Restoration, the progressive highs of 2015’s Ascension, and the heaviness of 2017’s All Paths Lead to Death.
The concept of Abreaction pertains directly to the name of the album – that is, the expression and emotional discharge of repressed emotion.
Lead vocalist/guitarist James Benson said this record is the first full-length album written from the perspective of a band that knows how to tour and play together.
“Previous records were written before we began playing live or touring.
“The culmination of strong songwriting and the mixing and mastering from one of my idols, Antoine Dufour, presents what I view as our strongest album to date.
“The power of this album comes from our desire to unite our strengths in many genres while keeping to our roots of black metal.
Benson said Drowned is the expression of progressive and melodic music found on both the band’s first two LPs.
“Brutal, progressive, and melodic describe this single more than anything before.”
He said A Convocation Of Spirits channels influences like Agalloch, Slowdive, and Green Carnation.
“(It) is mystifying, featuring anguished harsh vocals, lush cello, twelve-string acoustic guitar, and Zeppelin-esque clean parts while remaining firmly rooted in atmospheric black metal.”