Instead of aping its influences (MC5, the Stooges, the Damned and the Sex Pistols), Amen has drawn heavily from them and molded a sound that is very much its own. An ambitious debut, "Amen" is a refreshing burst of white noise that has little to do with what is happening in the aggro scene today. The pleasant surprise comes from the music itself -- a sort of bastardized hard-rock version of the Stooges.
Whereas its message -- deeply rooted in the familiar, clichéd strains of why the system failed, etc. -- is a tad sophomoric, the band still manages to pull the whole thing off. Amen has seemingly come out of nowhere and delivered a solid debut that holds the promise of greater things.