Amiensus are a band with members from both Washington and Minnesota that plays an atmospheric and progressive form of post black metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "Ascension".
A very distorted and melodic sound starts off the album before adding in more of a fast and raw black metal sound that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats as well as having synths in the background that also gives the music more of an atmospheric edge and the vocals are mostly grim screams.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and they also add in melodic female vocals at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some death metal growls being added into certain sections of the recording and the acoustic guitars give the music more of a progressive edge.
Elements of gothic and doom metal can be heard in the bands musical style while the guitar solos and leads remain true to a very melodic musical direction and clean singing male vocals can also be heard at times as well as a brief use of whispers and some songs also add in a touch of symphonic black metal which they mix with the more modern atmospheric style of the genre and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the growls are what you would expect from either a modern melodic death metal or metalcore recording and they also bring in a brief instrumental before the last track.
Amiensus plays a musical style that takes the more progressive, and atmospheric sides of post black metal and mixes it with a touch of goth, doom and melodic death metal to create a musical style of t heir own, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover philosophy, theology, psychology and mythology themes.
In my opinion Amiensus are a very great sounding atmospheric and progressive post black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "On These Deserted Plains" "One In Spirit" and "What Evil Lay Dormant". 8 out of 10.