Amethyst Dust refines The Zookeeper's all-out onslaught. The emphasis on texture remains, but instead of surface noise and corroded steel, Amethyst Dust feels sleeker. Compare "Hellions" to last year's "The Zookeeper"—both have boisterous, Jersey-style rhythms, but the newer track is richer and more dynamic. Lead lines are beefed up with horn sounds that are bright and warm like glowing embers. "Irruption" is even more crushing, but the flailing and banging carries a melody, too. Chants shapes chaos into something almost catchy.
Things get even harder on the title track. It reverts to The Zookeeper's crumbling structures, and it feels like it's trying to destroy itself. "Amethyst Dust" is incredibly detailed and heavy, a bit like well-produced extreme metal. "Whole World Crumble" showcases Chants' odd rhythms in a calmer framework, where the listener has more room to breathe. Rooting through all the layers, it's easy to see why this multi-dimensional music took so long to finish.