Artist/ Band: Amara
Title: Gnosis Temple
Label: Self release
Year of Release: 2007
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The Review:

Recently I received Amara’s second recording called ’Gnosis Temple’ and I very pleased with how they progressed since their self titled debut . This time around they added a gothic feel to the mix thus making the music even harder to describe. This is a very good thing, so that the band doesn’t get pigeon-holed into any one genre. The band just has a way of combining different genres to create a unique sound that has an instant appeal factor, especially for fans of Abigail’s Ghost, Pain of Salvation, Sylvan, Three (3), Tool, to name a few.

I found to get the full aural effect of Gnosis Temple, you must hear it in one uninterrupted sitting. The music just flows so seamlessly from song to song. The moods of the songs run from an aggressive (for example: “Transmigration“) to a somber (for example: “Epitaph“) state of mind. Thankfully with the somber moments, they stay very clear of becoming a typically depressing sounding gothic band. On the aggressive sounding songs, singer Leo goes for a more primal growl without treading into the “cookie monster” vocals.

I think Amara needs to be picked up by a label for a wider audience but without sacrificing their musical vision. The band has a video on You Tube (“Transmigration”) and of course a MySpace page to hear for yourself. I still believe that Amara should be a band that more people will be talking about. I look forward to more from the band. I also hear they put on a great live show, so if you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, please check them out. As with their debut, I highly recommend you look into this band ASAP!!!!

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on November 3rd, 2008


1. Eyes Closed
2. Alpha Wave
3. Gift
4. Transmigration click to see the video
5. Epitaph
6. <1e9
7. Inisimig
8. Umbilicus
9. Eyes Opened

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