Metal has undergone quite a metamorphosis in the 21st century. The arms race is over: no more pissing contests over who can play faster and sound scarier. Artists shifted their sights to spiritual pursuits. Amenra has led the way in this revolution, and their music, though concocted from familiar ingredients (from doom and sludge metal to hardcore and black metal), has an original sound and, when performed live, conjures the aura of an ancient ritual. The Belgian act is likely the most talented and unique among Neurosis’s protégés — though their excellent last album, The Doorn (2021), was issued on Relapse Records, after many years with Neurot.