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CHVE (Amenra) Signs With Relapse Records


Colin H. van Eeckhout, vocalist for Belgian post-metal outfit Amenra, has signed a deal with Relapse Records. As with his past solo output, his upcoming new album will arrive under the moniker of CHVE, with a release expected before the year’s end. He had the following to say of his approach to solo material:

“I’m a very emotive person: I judge and work with feeling. I was trying to speak through the instrument, and finding how to squeeze emotion out of it. I think it’s interesting to see what you can get out of an instrument without learning to play it first, because then you work with it in a very honest, direct way.

Though I wasn’t planning on doing a solo album, I’ve been in bands since my teens, and there’s always that question mark if you’re in a band: what would your personal story be, and what would it sound like?”

He continued:

“With your main band, there are a lot of boxes and expectations to check. If you’re alone, you can do whatever you want. But in a way, the solo work takes more out of me. Suddenly when I’m on my own, everything falls on me. That’s very confrontational. I had a fear of failure as a kid, and that stays installed in you. But when it succeeds and you’re able to build something, it feeds your self-worth.”

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