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 ‘Reclamation Pt II’ Out Aug. 30 – Pre-Order Now

AMIENSUS, still reveling in the critically acclaimed April album release of ‘Reclamation,’ launch the first single from ‘Reclamation’ companion piece. ‘Pt II’ continues where the US Progressive/Black Metal band left off with more lush, panoramic epics blending harsh conditions with chilling melodies and triumphant sorrows. Lead track “The Distance” shows further evidence of the band’s penchant and abilities, made even sweeter with the addition of guest vocals from Lars Nedland (Borknagar, Solefald). The single is available for streaming/download on all digital platforms, or watch the lyric video HERE 

“’The Distance’ was primarily written by one of the founding AMIENSUS members Joe Waller, who last participated with us on our 2020 split with Adora Vivos; and Joe was involved in the formation of the band and on the first two LPs [‘Restoration’ and ‘Ascension’],” explains singer/guitarist James Benson. “We were all very, very excited to have Joe contribute to ‘Reclamation Pt. II,’ and even more excited when Lars Nedland agreed to perform on this track. Lars simply asked for lyrics and took it from there - which was simply astonishing, as you can hear for yourself how beautifully he crafted the melodies on this song. It was a joy to take such a well-written song and have one of our music idols perform so perfectly on it!”

“The Distance” is just one of the songs planned to preview ‘Reclamation Pt II,’ which will be released August 30th on digital and CD, as well as a limited-edition colored vinyl (with digital download code). Pre-Orders launch today for these formats HERE


OVERKILL’s DD Verni New Solo Album Out Next Month

M-Theory Audio is proud to present the second album, and first for M-Theory Audio, from VERNI.  If that name sounds familiar it is the solo project of legendary bassist DD Verni, better known as the bassist and a founding member of thrash metal legends OVERKILL.  DD has held the bottom-end of OVERKILL for four decades and been key in writing the band’s material and overseeing much of their business over the years. VERNI gives DD the chance to step more into the spotlight and express himself without limitations. Much like his first solo album, 2018’s ‘Barricade,’ DD wrote all the songs while singing, and playing guitar and bass. While this album bears some resemblance to ‘Barricade’, DD lets his punk roots shine through on this album, which leads to 11 blistering tracks chock full of electrified songs and infectious sing-alongs.

 This one has been a long time comin’, so psyched to finally do a punk-ish record.  The best thing about these solo ventures is to be able to try out different stuff.  When Covid came I found I had a lot of time in the studio, which is not normally the case, so I used it to really ramp up on writing stuff and getting to some things on my bucket list done...this was one of ‘em,” explains DD.  “The mantra for the record was write it like a punk band and play it like a metal band.  So, when I was writing there was no palm mutes or metal twinged anything, all wide-open Ramones chords and then big melodies, then I came back later and started to add in the metal flavor, and more how I typically play guitar.  I asked Jason Bittner (OVERKILL, SHADOWS FALLL) to do the drums ‘cause I knew he would kill it, and told him the same thing -- play it like you would do it... only parameter I had was no double-kick, which I think kind of made it interesting for him too, because that's out of his norm too.”

The first single, “Lunkhead,” premieres today on all streaming/download platforms or watch the lyric video HERE “Lunkhead” gives you a good idea of the direction of the album, plus it includes a special musical guest.