"Formed back in 1999, Amenra has been one of the most prolific bands in the European post-metal scene. With their sound influenced heavily by the sludge, doom and hardcore sonic territories, they have released a continuous piece of work in their Mass albums, while their initiation of the Church of Ra project (check their website and try to unlock its secrets,) has seen them collaborating with other great Belgian acts, including Oathbreaker and The Black Heart Rebellion.
A while back, Amenra experimented with an acoustic setting rather than their usual soundscape-constructing, heavy guitar-based approach. The Afterlife EP showed this side of the band, introducing a place in which their dark tone was retained, and yet their vision was expanded. They carried on exploring this acoustic side, revisiting this approach in live performances. It is the sum of these performances the Alive live acoustic album encompasses."
"In contrast to the heavy riffs that dominate the sound of the Mass albums, layering here is kept to a minimum, with acoustic guitars and the warm voice of Colin H. van Eeckhout creating a connection with the audience on a deeply emotional level. [...] Dark and moody, sad and beautiful, strong and fragile, the acoustic works of Amenra are an incredible achievement, that grow on you with every listen. Let Alive embrace you, get lost in it and you’ll feel more alive than you’ve ever felt."