Somehow Amen got lumped in with a lot of the utterly turgid shit cresting the nu-metal wave back in 1999. You can kind of see why – there was as much low-tuned low-slung brutality as there was punk snarl, but this debut (as far as the world was concerned) was far more than that.
If you had the joy/terror of seeing Amen at the time, you could see that for yourself – pure punk nihilism wrapped around a sound dense enough to tear time. Ross Robinson did his best to capture that here, and it still stands up as a moment of pure, feral rage.
I absolutely fucking love this album.
READ: This Sputnik Music review sums it up pretty well.
WATCH: Here’s the band ripping the absolute arse out of Coma America a few years later.