And now we have to talk about the bass. After all that time listening to this album, I only have one comment to make: Laetitia Bertrand is a killer bass player. If you want to have a better idea of her work and what she brings to the table, just look at the video for “Blood Red Temple”. Yes, this is a fretless six string bass. Yes, she perfectly sues that instrument. And hearing her being the lead instrument on “The Scarlet Letter” or “Osiris God Of The Dead” is as much a surprise as it is a pleasure. It was a risky bet but it massively paid off. Being completely independent from the guitar and the drums, she clears her own path and fills all of the voids excellently with incredible skills, precision and a healthy dose of restraint, which seem to be the motto of the band.
Another amazingly meticulous work, in front of which I must bow down, is the orchestrations and arrangements. Let me explain. When listening to metal, way too often I feel like the orchestrations are there “to make it epic”, meaning that everything is done first and they’re clumsily attached to it afterwards. When it is done like this it’s especially easy to hear and it sounds “fake” (the biggest example of this in the “S&M” of METALLICA). But with AMON SETHIS, that feeling is never here. Everything meshes perfectly and you often forget that the orchestrations are not electronically programmed given how spontaneous and live they feel. And now I just want a live show with an actual symphonic orchestra.
To put it simply : it’s not epic because there is an orchestra, is because of the epic story and stakes that the orchestra becomes the most logical thing possible.
And that’s where the biggest strength of AMON SETHIS lies. Beyond all adjectives that you can find, all the nitpicking, the analysis, it can all be summed up into one word : intelligence.
Because they never lose the thread of the story, because they never go on unnecessary tangents and useless showmanship and most importantly by always making the sotry drive the music and not the opposite, AMON SETHIS delivers a brilliant effort whose issues are easily submerged by its qualities.
“Part 0 : Nitocris, The Queen With The Golden Hair” slays from beginning to end. And if some songs do not require a deep anaylsis (“Eternal Love” comes to mind), they still are incredible. I can nly encourage you to check it out and spin it over and over again so that you can be transported is this mythical Egypt, whose inspiration was probably given to AMON SETHIS by Thot and Hathor. But this is another story.