Belgian post-metal band Amenra will take the stage with a brooding, emotive style that grew out of experiences of loss and pain. The five-piece band is fronted by vocalist Colin van Eeckhout, who speaks openly about their music’s role as an outlet for “the things that cast a shadow over existence” – solitude, melancholy, sadness, demons, the certainty of death. Although the members all have a background in anti-establishment punk and straight-edge hardcore, the formation of Amenra went hand in hand with a decision to take a more personal direction – to keep things “closer to home.” Their CTM Festival 2018 – Turmoil appearance marks the release of the latest addition to their Mass series, Mass VI, which was produced by Billy Anderson and released on Neurot Recordings, the label run by members of Neurosis. The album reflects on contrasts central to human existence – light and darkness, hope and despair – via disparate styles, from contemplative textures to sonic enormity.
Scott Kelly, who is best known as the frontman of legendary post-metal band Neurosis, and also for his work with Shrinebuilder, Tribes of Neurot, and Mastodon, will open for Amenra at Festsaal Kreuzberg, joined by the complimentary and nuanced sounds of Rwake’s John Judkins. In its bare frankness and deeply personal spirituality, Kelly’s fearlessly introspective songwriting speaks of its function and faculty to help withstand his struggles and pains of life. With sparse guitar and a bottomless dark voice, his songs conjure survival, redemption, forgiveness, console, endurance, and healing. With his roots in the crust punk movement, staying fiercely independent and keeping a distance to the mainstream music business has always been at the core of Kelly’s agenda with Neurosis, nurturing likeminded artist and bands such as Amenra, who they’ve repeatedly published via their Neurot label.