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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's been a long while since Monolith, and even longer since the days of Tavistock and Dartmoor when I first encountered the Amebix. Their sound has certainly evolved over time, and though the music is unquestionably dark and brooding, there is something so uplifting about it - there's hope in there somewhere. The "new" band sound fantastic, and they have lost none of their balls.

Sonic Mass is a great stand-alone album for newcomers, and a great new addition to the sory of the Amebix.

No Gods! No Masters!

Cheers,

Hugh
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
After a 24 year absence since "Monolith", to say I was curious/excited about a new Amebix disc was an understatement. This is not the Amebix of old, this is a gigantic leap forward. After such a lengthy absence the group has grown musically. The band marches on bringing the "Amebix Sound" into the 21st century. To pick a favorite track would be most difficult, as they all are a part of one.
If you have been a fan since the early days or are just recently aware of them now through such bands as Neurosis, etc, this is one of my picks for album of the year. Grind on...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2011
Thank you for not releasing 'Monolith' part 2. That was exactly what I had been hoping to hear ever since 'Sonic Mass' was announced. Why wouldn't I want an another Amebix album from that classic era? 'Monolith', in my opinion, slightly tops even the masterpiece that is 'Arise'. So it was this bias that I brought to the first 'Sonic Mass' listen; I wasn't exactly disappointed, but more confused than anything else really. I kept an open mind and it dawned on me that I had found an album that I didn't know I was looking for, if that makes any sense.

The new album has quickly become my favourite Amebix record; 'Sonic Mass' draws on so many varied influences that eventually I came to realize that this was a continuation of Arise or Monolith, but without the responsibility of having to sound exactly like the first two albums. The band could have easily played it safe and released something that fans would have loved instantly, it took guts to not do that and challenge the listener thought. 'Sonic Mass' has broken Amebix out of what everyone else thinks the band should sound. And the result is infinitely more rewarding; I have never heard an album like 'Sonic Mass', this is something new and unique. Listening to the haunting song "Days", I realized that the punk/metal scene of the 'Arise'-era wouldn't have had an open enough mind to accept the beauty of the song. To me, it seems that the same is true of most of the album; the spine chilling "Sonic Mass part 1" would have never made it past the punk censors. Other songs like "the One", "Here Comes the Wolf", and "God of the Grain" are a little more in line with the 'classic' Amebix sound that everyone expects, but contain so much more. Listening to the album, I can hear that every song on 'Sonic Mass' has had so much poured into them. Thought, instinct, hope, heart, soul, history, and ultimately love. It is obvious that 'Sonic Mass' sounds like a labour of love, and maybe that is part of why the album is so evocative and powerful? The songs flow from one to another in a way that I can't help but dedicate myself to focus on and listen to the album as a whole.

Obviously, this album must have been a huge risk for Amebix but one that I'm glad the band took. All of the 'classic' elements of Amebix are there for the listener; tribal drumming, rumbling bass, powerful guitar and snarling vocals. Fans just need to listen a little deeper with an open mind and the true brilliance of 'Sonic Mass' will envelope them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2011
Thank you for not releasing 'Monolith' part 2. That was exactly what I had been hoping to hear ever since 'Sonic Mass' was announced. Why wouldn't I want an another Amebix album from that classic era? 'Monolith', in my opinion, slightly tops even the masterpiece that is 'Arise'. So it was this bias that I brought to the first 'Sonic Mass' listen; I wasn't exactly disappointed, but more confused than anything else really. I kept an open mind and it dawned on me that I had found an album that I didn't know I was looking for, if that makes any sense.

The new album has quickly become my favourite Amebix record; 'Sonic Mass' draws on so many varied influences that eventually I came to realize that this was a continuation of Arise or Monolith, but without the responsibility of having to sound exactly like the first two albums. The band could have easily played it safe and released something that fans would have loved instantly, it took guts to not do that and challenge the listener thought. 'Sonic Mass' has broken Amebix out of what everyone else thinks the band should sound. And the result is infinitely more rewarding; I have never heard an album like 'Sonic Mass', this is something new and unique. Listening to the haunting song "Days", I realized that the punk/metal scene of the 'Arise'-era wouldn't have had an open enough mind to accept the beauty of the song. To me, it seems that the same is true of most of the album; the spine chilling "Sonic Mass part 1" would have never made it past the punk censors. Other songs like "the One", "Here Comes the Wolf", and "God of the Grain" are a little more in line with the 'classic' Amebix sound that everyone expects, but contain so much more. Listening to the album, I can hear that every song on 'Sonic Mass' has had so much poured into them. Thought, instinct, hope, heart, soul, history, and ultimately love. It is obvious that 'Sonic Mass' sounds like a labour of love, and maybe that is part of why the album is so evocative and powerful? The songs flow from one to another in a way that I can't help but dedicate myself to focus on and listen to the album as a whole.

Obviously, this album must have been a huge risk for Amebix but one that I'm glad the band took. All of the 'classic' elements of Amebix are there for the listener; tribal drumming, rumbling bass, powerful guitar and snarling vocals. Fans just need to listen a little deeper with an open mind and the true brilliance of 'Sonic Mass' will envelope them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
This is my first Amebix album. I am so glad I bought this album and quite surprised that there seems to be a lack of appreciate by way of reviews or awareness, for it. I stumbled upon a review of their album somewhere on the net I can't recall now but I decided to order the album. I was quite surprised with what I found. I'm usually a fan of anything between 50's jazz to tech-death metal, alternative, grunge, classical music, electronica, house and hip hop. Crust punk is a 'new' genre to me but no less enjoyable to listen to.

I heard only one song initially but felt something quite appealing in it. Having bought the album, it seemed to fill a void in me, almost in a similar way that Tool's Aenima did back in the 90's. Now, it's of course a bit silly to place this band and album on par with mighty Tool, but popularity doesn't speak with this sort of music - depth, creativity, intelligence and charisma do. This album has all those things. Perhaps the void I felt was one where too much music I had been listening to as of late seemed contrived, unappealing or too far from what I believe. Sonic Mass blows me away, everything from the singers grating voice, the artistic shifts from song to song, the beauty and poetry in the albums dynamics, and the black-coloured disc itself.

I have one consideration, and that is that the album finishes too soon (for me!). It takes you on a ride but finishes as quickly as it has taken you to that place. If there was just one or two more tracks to round off the start, perhaps some solid punk crust songs then it would have been all the more enjoyable. Having said that, this album is more like one long journey, and was designed to be unconventional. Adding any considerable length or conventionality to it could have upset its flow. As it is, I've no other complaints with what Amebix did.

Anyway, I have not quite delved into the lyrical content yet, but I feel the music has intelligence behind it. I am ambivalent right now to go into their back catalogue, for fear the production might not be as great, but will go there eventually. Please do give this album a try and support this artist for their work. I am glad they exist and hope they move from strength to strenth and get greater exposure. For me, personally, a 4.7 out of 5. Make no mistake - it's an exceptional piece of work and will remain under-rated for the entirety of its existance.
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on September 3, 2013
it was good I just happened to stumble across it when I heard something about roy mayorga doing drums for the record I figured I would give it a try.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2011
This album is incredible from beginning to end...Not a disappointing tune on this release. It has a proud place in my music collection and will be much loved for many years to come! Thank you Rob, Stig, (&...er) Roy ... Come back to the States in 2012, Amebix!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
This sounds like Amebix, and that is a good thing. Mayorgas influence is evident, but it does over shadow what Amebix was and still is. The Soul of the behemoth is alive genuine. This is not some re-group cash cow...Hail Amebix.
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on August 26, 2014
cool
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