We Have Come for Your Parents

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We Have Come for Your Parents
Amen We Have Come for Your Parents.jpg
Studio album by Amen
Released October 31, 2000
January 5, 2013 (Re-release)
Recorded May 2000 at Sound City, Los Angeles, California
Genre Nu metal, hardcore punk
Length 44:12
Label I AM Records, Virgin Records
Producer Ross Robinson
Amen chronology
Amen
(1999)
We Have Come For Your Parents
(2000)
Join, or Die
(2003)
Singles from We Have Come for Your Parents
  1. "The Price of Reality"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Too Hard to Be Free"
    Released: February 17, 2001
  3. "The Waiting 18"
    Released: July 21, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Punknews.org 4.5/5 stars [2]
Blabbermouth 4/10 stars[3]

We Have Come for Your Parents is Amen's third album, produced by Ross Robinson and was released via Virgin Records. The album was mixed and engineered by Mike Fraser at The Warehouse in Vancouver, BC. The title of the album refers to The Dead Boys album We Have Come for Your Children.

Musical style[edit]

This album saw Amen continue the Alternative Metal/Hardcore Punk blend that marked their entire career, as well as the political and socially-charged lyrics that were persistent in the band through the writings of Casey Chaos.

Promotion[edit]

A promotional audio cassette called PropAMENda was released in the United States in advance of the album by Virgin Records America in the Summer of 2000.[4] The cassette contained two tracks: "Refuse Amen" and "PropAMENda (Excerpts From Forthcoming Album)", a 6-minute-long track featuring excerpts from the album.

The song, "The Price Of Reality", was released as an early single for the album, along with a promotional music video. The video itself depicted Casey Chaos re-creating Figure with Meat by Francis Bacon, along with various images of "Americana" such as boy scouts and girls in Sunday School outfits with axes. The video would later be released on the Streetwise DVD series in FYE in 2002.

Two more singles would be released after the albums release. "Too Hard to Be Free" would go on to reach Number 72 on the UK Official Chart on February 17, 2001,[5] while "The Waiting 18" went on to be the highest ranking single, reaching Number 61 on the same chart on July 21, 2001.[6]

Reception[edit]

We Have Come for Your Parents became Amen's most successful album, reaching Number 77 on the U.K. Charts on November 11, 2000,[7] making it their breakout album in the United Kingdom.

Reviews to the album were mixed to favorable. Victoria Seagle of NME wrote in her review, "There isn't a single hint of pantomime, no self-parodic angst. You doubt they know what Napster is, let alone give a damn. Instead, they just flip the hinge in their heads and let the Amen breakdown begin... Disgusted, frustrated, paranoid; it's hard to imagine what could help them with their minds. But as psycho therapy, 'We Have Come For Your Parents' is the pipe-bomb." [8] In a less favorable review, Blabbermouth.com's wrote, "Although AMEN should be credited for pursuing a style that has little in common with their Southern Californian counterparts, the group's tuneless, noisy approach gets tiresome very quickly, with Casey's obnoxious, high-pitched screaming proving to be more irritating than effective, in the process adding a touch of abrasiveness to the songs that is bound to turn off many a discriminating listener.[9]

Punknews.org, in a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, wrote, "it is quite possibly one of the most angry, violent and frenetic albums released in the past ten years... Overall I think this album was quite possibly one of the most overlooked albums of the past few years"[10]

Rock Sound voted Amen's "We Have Come For Your Parents" as the 2nd best album of the year.[11] Kerrang voted it the 6th best album of the year.[12] Metal Hammer picks "The Price of Reality" as best video of the year.[13]

Other editions[edit]

A limited edition copy came out in Australia during the Big Day Out 2002. It includes the CD We Have Come for Your Parents and another CD with unedited songs from all the singles as well as a multimedia track on with a clip of "Too Hard To Be Free".

A deluxe version of the album was released in January 2013.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Casey Chaos

No. Title Length
1. "CK Killer" 1:58
2. "Refuse Amen" 2:45
3. "Justified" 3:15
4. "The Price of Reality" 3:17
5. "Mayday" 3:03
6. "Under the Robe" 3:55
7. "Dead on the Bible" 3:05
8. "Too Hard to Be Free" 2:44
9. "Ungrateful Dead" 3:38
10. "Piss Virus" 3:27
11. "The Waiting 18" 3:17
12. "Take My Head" 2:42
13. "In Your Suit" 2:45
14. "Here's the Poison" 4:09
Total length: 44:12

Credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ We Have Come for Your Parents at AllMusic
  2. ^ Sideleau, Brandon. "Amen - We Have Come For Your Parents". Punknews.org. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Krgin, Borivoj. "CD Reviews - We Have Come for Your Parents". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Amen (2) – Propamenda". Discogs. 
  5. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/too%20hard%20to%20be%20free/
  6. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/the%20waiting%2018/
  7. ^ "AMEN". Official Charts. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Segal, Victoria. "NME Reviews - We Have Come for Your Parents". NME. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Krgin, Borivoj. "CD Reviews - We Have Come for Your Parents". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Sideleau, Brandon. "Amen - We Have Come For Your Parents". Punknews.org. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Rock Sound Writers Top 50 Albums of 2000 (February 2001). "Rock Sound" (21). pp. 14 15. 
  12. ^ https://a2-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/14/2622f05f75c90ced6002dfb1e181f21c/full.jpg
  13. ^ https://a3-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/23/09e3ae8be4f7ed1cd391d47550bb32e7/full.jpg