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5/18/2004

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Amen To Perform On 'The Henry Rollins Show'
May 19, 2007
California's Amen will be featured musical guests on the current season of "The Henry Rollins Show" on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The exact date for the band's performance will be announced soon.

"It was one of the biggest honors of my life," commented Amen frontman Casey Chaos on being asked to perform for the show. "Henry Rollins is the man. He's inspired generations of people with his words, integrity and music. I just happen to be one of those people's lives that were changed overnight. He inspired me and taught me what real music is all about and for him to ask us to be one of the few bands hand picked by him to perform each season… it's an honor beyond words."

While still recovering from a recent illness, Casey has been exclusively working on the upcoming new Amen album(s). The group is also seeking competent representation worldwide "that can be trusted to handle the needs of a band such as [Amen]," according to a press release. Interested parties can contact the group at nogummo@gmail.com.
 
 
 
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Not So Nice Parting Words
September 16, 2004
Guitarist Matt Montgomery has decided to leave Amen, and took a few parting shots at vocalist Casey Chaos on his way out. Here is what Matt had to say on his departure from the band:

If I joined Amen to be famous or be a "rock star" I joined for the wrong reasons. I joined it purely for an intense love and passion for what Casey Chaos led me to believe he stood for. I had two Amen tattoos before I joined, and moved myself to LA to join one of my favorite bands. Now after 2 long years I can say I've had enough and learned a hard lesson. I've made a lot of friends and had some great experiences which I'm grateful for. However, living on just under 2800 dollars (that is my full take-home pay) from over two years has put me in extreme debt, and caused so many problems for me.All that was ever asked from the band was a band agreement that would split any profits from gigs and merch evenly so we could survive. That was apparently too much to ask.

But the most heart breaking reason for leaving is the realization that Casey is a fraud. The promises of band solidarity were nothing more than lies. Myself, and previous members all played with the band because we believed in Amen and it's message. I now know why there have been so many members in this band.

Thanks to all who helped us get through the last 2 years. And a huge thanks to the fans that are so open minded and die hard. I wish I could say I was still one of you.

Matt, Amen
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1994
HOME TOWN: Hollywood, CA
MEMBERS:
Casey Chaos (vocals)
Rich Jones (guitar)
Matt Montgomery (guitar)
Scott S. Sorry (bass)
Luke Johnson (drums)

When System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian met AMEN's frontman, Casey Chaos at Australia's "Big Day Out" festival in 2002, the two instantly connected through their mutual love of punk rock, black metal and Iggy Pop. But it was when Malakian heard Chaos's latest demos that he knew he had to be involved, to the point where he staked his reputation on AMEN and made them the first signing to his eatURmusic label. "I see Casey as a visionary" declares Malakian, "Someone who really goes up there and gives 100% of his physical being and self." The UK has already embraced AMEN's abrasive punk/metal genius, and Chaos & Co. have amassed a string of magazine covers and high profile awards across the pond, including being voted 'Overall Best Band In The World' and 'Best Live Band In The World' by readers of flagship hard rock magazine Metal Hammer. In 2002 AMEN became the first unsigned band to play the main stages at England's prestigious Reading and Leeds festivals, while metal bible Kerrang! magazine drooled "this is the sound of the 21st Century." AMEN formed in 1994, releasing their eponymous debut album in 1999. But it was the acclaimed follow-up, 2000's We Have Come For Your Parents, which really turned heads. Then a string of misfortunes and missed opportunities plunged Chaos into a period of frustration and betrayal, a dark chapter which he documented within the songs that became AMEN's latest assault, Death Before Musick (which was executive produced by Malakian). Casey Chaos has a history of overcoming adversity and once again he's turned a negative - deserting band-mates, ongoing health problems, the shifting allegiances of the music business - into an irresistible positive: Death Before Musick is his most song-driven disc to date, yet retains AMEN's signature nothing-to-lose vitriol and unflinching integrity - a black flower in a desert of increasingly corporate, conformist rock records. Chaos, a former mohawked, misfit adolescent and competitive skateboarder, has recently re-built AMEN around him, finally finding four do-or-die-trying soul-mates who are able to deliver his uncompromising message with the vicious, visceral purity he'd always ached for: guitarists Rich Jones (formerly of the Black Halos) and Matt Montgomery, bassist Scott S. Sorry and Brit drummer Luke Johnson. Death Before Musick is AMEN's definitive musical statement, a furious, frenetic outpouring of pummeling punk irreverence and caffeinated hard-core angst, laced with serrated metal edges and a Rotten-esque sneer. "In my opinion it's the most impactful record we've made," Chaos announces. "There's metal moments, there's real punk moments ... a lot of attitude, honesty and passion." From the ominous opening strains of "Liberation For ...," Death Before Musick channels '70s and '80s punk rock (Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Fugazi), modern metallic menace, and a flailing, anarchistic adrenaline which is all their own. But amidst the crafted chaos, the big hooks still swing: 'Hello (One Chord Lovers)' and the speaks-for-itself 'California's Bleeding' will pinball around your brain for days. AMEN have made a timeless record because rage, alienation and great songs never go out of fashion. AMEN's live show is legendary, often leaving Chaos injured amidst airborne mic stands, cymbal shards and sprays of sweat and blood. On-stage AMEN give everything, all the time, and their growing international legions of fans respond with similar commitment. Now, with Death Before Musick truly capturing Chaos's sing-along-suffering, they can get AMEN's unique, restless rush straight from their stereo. With Death Before Musick, AMEN are armed to infiltrate airwaves and audiences everywhere. Brace yourselves .…