AMžIUS – When all the lights will wane And all the eyes gaze blinded
(independent – 2014)
I know I’m never going to be tired of mentioning how much I think it is necessary to find and explore new and different ways to present the artistic work of everyone who embraces its subjectivity. Art, I mean. All those who don’t have any interest in repeating the same formulas and wish to achieve something more than the ordinary climax Music can provide them, no matter where they come from or where they’re going.
Regarding the representation of their Art I know AMZIUS are heading to a different place. Some may say it’s just music, but for these Lithuanians music has to serve a higher purpose than just time filler for those who seek it. Maybe that’s the main reason why this Kaunas band decided to present their second album as a conceptual work, one that they call an audio-visual album. I explain: this artistic piece is supposed to be served in DVD or Blu-ray format, because the musical part is a fundamental piece of the puzzle of the visual aspect of it all. There is a visual interpretation of all the five moments (three original songs, one intro and one outro) recorded in this work.
We are talking about black metal that doesn’t break many creative barriers but can keep its quality within a genre with very dark colors. Personally, I really like the last song, ‘Pilkos Peklu Lepsnos’, due to its melodies and a kind of mid-tempo speed with lots of double drumming. When it comes to mention the image half of “When All the Lights Will Wane and All the Eyes Gaze Blinded” I guess only the band itself can best describe the full hidden concept behind those shadowy patterns and the way the actors involved are keeping the narrative.
This is a different way to present a project that can even go unnoticed if we only focus on the musical part of it. I’m curious about its global meaning but I have no doubt that this is an interesting piece of work, coming from an independent band with little recognition even within the underground.
[reviewed by: Rui Marujo]