Amon Sethis: Part 0. The Queen With Golden Hair-2020.

Amon Sethis:Proggressive Metal from France.

Discography:

The Legend of the Seventh DynastyEP2009 
Part I – The ProphecyFull-length2011 
Part II – The Final StruggleFull-length2014 
Part 0 – Nitocris, the Queen with Golden HairFull-length2020
Treasures from the SandEP2021 

Members:

Olivier BillointGuitars
Julien TournoudVocals (2007-present)
See also: ex-Hellixxir, ex-Erato
Laëtitia BertrandBass (2019-present)
See also: Talvienkeli
BigballsDrums (2019-present)
See also: J.C.Jess, ex-Crysalid, ex-Black Rain
Benjamin NaireKeyboards (2020-present)

Past Members:

Maurizio ColomboBass (?-2011)
Pierre DalbanDrums
See also: Charlie’s Frontier Fun Town
Raphaël FascioDrums
Sofian MejriVocals (additional) (?-2012)
Stéphane AlbaneseKeyboards (2009-2011)
See also: Burden, ex-Shinray, ex-Céphée Lyra
Thierry VenturaBass (2011-2019)
See also: Restful, ex-Osgiliath, ex-Weirdland, ex-Erato
Thierry DelvauxDrums (2011-2018)
See also: ex-Weirdland
Johan KoninckxKeyboards (2012-2014)
Adrien G. GzaggKeyboards (2017-2020)
See also: AvalandEyezery

One thought on “Amon Sethis: Part 0. The Queen With Golden Hair-2020.

  1. Edmund Sackbauer, February 8th, 2021
    Written based on this version: 2020, Digital, Independent (Bandcamp).

    The first thing that grabbed my attention here has been the cover artwork and the title. “Part 0 – Nitocris The Queen With Golden Hair” is the name of the third full length by the French prog metal band Amon Sethis, and by looking at the picture you are expecting to get taken on a journey through the adventures of The Thousand and One Nights. And this assumption will be proven right as the music is expansive and full of smaller and bigger secrets, waiting to be discovered by listeners willing to look behind the surface and consume this album without any distractions.

    With a total running time of nearly 80 minutes this is an album that should not be consumed just as background music. There are fifteen tracks to get through so a potential listener should bring a little bit of patience and the willingness to completely dive into the music to be able to fully appreciate everything presented here. Of course there is a big and well thought-out story running through the record so in case you are a fan of such concept albums you should carefully go through the lyrics while listening. I am not familiar with the first two albums but I can imagine the there is a bigger story arc connecting everything.

    Talking about the music the basis here is quite traditional prog metal in the classic school that bands like Dream Theater have formed. Everything lovers of the genre came to appreciate can be found here. Great harmonies and melodies ranging from being sweet and uplifting to dark and melancholic carry the feeling and the emotions of the story. The riffs are crunchy making this clearly a metal record to my ears, and some of the patterns have a more power metal feel to them – think Seventh Wonder for a comparison. The main chords of each song are twisted and turned and often can be found in another variation on a later song. The keyboard also got a prominent role, supporting the heavy instrumentation and weaving some spectacular soundscapes.

    The skills of the musicians are absolutely top, but I am glad to report that Amon Sethis always keep focused and concentrate on offering well-crafted and stringent songs. Of course you are going to find rhythm changes and polyrhythms here and there, but nothing too over-boarding that would completely take the listener out of the flow. The songs are structured in a way so that they can be easily enjoyed by each fan of the genre. There are some absolutely catchy chorus parts like e.g. in “The Blood Red Temple”, making the album a sophisticated yet easily enjoyable affair.

    One of the biggest assets of Amon Sethis for sure is singer Julien. Music that is so emotional and passionate asks for a talented vocalist, who is able to present all the different moods without a problem and Julien is doing just that. He is delivering in powerful manner, switching between a more mellow and softer tone and a more powerful style, depending what the respective part asks for. His timbre even reminds a bit of James LaBrie, but he also has some similarities with a few Italian greats like the new/old Secret Sphere singer Roberto Messina. One thing that is obvious is the fact that English is not his native language, but this should not distract from the music and the great performance here.

    So what else is there to say? The production is pretty much flawless, and it is obvious that a lot of work has been put into creating the album. The mix is well balanced with each instrument being fully audible. The sound is crystal clear with the guitars having a nice and crunchy tone and the drums sounding punchy and powerful. It speaks for the sound engineering that although so much is going on no detail has been buried in the mix. Overall I can only recommend fans of classic prog metal (see also the names mentioned in this review as references) to give “Part 0 – Nitocris The Queen With Golden Hair” a chance, you will not regret it.

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