Q - 3/01, p.1163 stars out of 5
- "...This is for those who find Slipknot a little too MOR, and explains why Steve Jones recently claimed that Amen are more pissed off than Sex Pistols ever were."
Amen: Casey Chaos (vocals); S. Mayo, Paul Fig (guitar); Tumor John (bass);
Recorded at Indigo Ranch, Malibu, California.
Amen's self-titled debut album is a collection of socially conscious and/or self-analyzing punk-metal with lyrics as harsh and uncompromising as the band's aggressive, noisy sound. It must be said that all this makes for a bleak, humorless world view (and listen), but then again, this genre isn't about feel-good sounds; besides, it's refreshing to hear an alternative metal group taking on serious topics in a way that justifies the anger and frustration they project on record. ~ Steve Huey