25 march 2008
Some secrets are better left untold. Some mysteries are better left unraveled. Some dogma’s are better rewritten. The time has come to abandon all of man’s doctrines and to embrace ‘Mass IIII’, AMENRA’s sophomore full-length for Hypertension Records. 27 months of touring, aching, rehearsing and searching after their breakthrough record ‘Mass III’, AMENRA is now gearing up to unleash their latest masterpiece onto the masses. The new album benefits from the band’s primordial quality for towering, spellbinding anthems, bashed repetitive chords fused with primitive and escalating power. More focused than ever, heavier than ever, slower than ever. Recording and mastering was once again left in the trusted hands of Vince Tetaert and Zlaya Hadzic (Sonic Youth, Karate, Jaga Jazzist) Pre-orders for a limited deluxe edition of Mass IIII start late April, in the meantime make sure to check out “Razoreater” off their upcoming record.
In other news, AMENRA will make their first U.S. appearance this May with Battlefields. This will be the first part of a two-part tour that will continue in Europe in June. In July, AMENRA will be joining Converge, Integrity and Coliseum on a part of their European Tour. Here are the U.S. tour dates:
5/2 Denver, CO @ Kingdom of Doom
5/3 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorns w/ Dead Commuter
5/4 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon w/ Samothrace
5/5 Omaha, NE @ The Mosaic w/ Mother Pile
5/6 Des Moines, IA @ Haunted Basement w/ The Fire Party
5/7 St. Louis, MO @ Two Cents Plain
5/8 Chicago, Ill @ Reggie’s Rock Club w/ Minsk
5/9 Detroit, MI @ Von’s w/ The Nain Rouge
5/10 Cleveland, OH @ The Davenport w/ 333
5/11 Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber w/ Rosetta, Starkweather
5/12 Manhattan, NY @ The Lit Lounge w/ Starkweather
Hypertension is also proud to announce the signing of Holland’s ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK. After being blown away by their amazing demo, we quickly went for the kill and decided it would be a honour to release their first full length album. Hailing from the city of Tilburg, ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK is one of the most interesting and harsh bands we’ve heard in a long time. Influenced by legendary bands like Entombed and Tragedy, the Shock adds some very interesting black metal elements to their already crushing sound; taking the genre to a new level, perfecting the loud, the fast and the dirgey.
Comprised of members that have been active in the European punk/hardcore and rock underground for a long time, sharing time in bands such as Restless Youth, No Turning Back, The Spades and Union Town it may not come as a big surprise that this band knows what they’re doing. Anaphylactic Shock are currently finishing their debut entitled ‘2000 Years’ for a late April release on Hypertension Records. Expect a devastating mix of raw d-beat music, crushing vocals and doom-laden riffing.
We’ll be taking pre-orders in a couple of weeks. Released as a beautiful digipack with a limited shirt-design, you simply know this is something you do not want to miss..