Craft Recordings is marking the 20th anniversary of the band Filter’s third studio album The Amalgamut with two special reissues, including the album’s very first vinyl pressing. In stores on March 31st, 2021, the 2-LP edition has a deluxe gatefold jacket. An autographed opaque white pressing, limited to 500 copies worldwide, is also available exclusively at OfficialFilter.com.
Fans can also stream or download a new expanded edition of the 2002 album, featuring nine remixes and alternate takes of “Where Do We Go From Here”, all of which were previously unavailable on digital platforms.
When The Amalgamut was released in July 2002, Filter, and specifically its primary member, Richard Patrick, was at a crossroads. Formed in 1993 by Patrick, who was the first guitarist for Nine Inch Nails, Filter blended Industrial Pop and Post-Grunge Alternative Metal, while their 1995 debut, Short Bus, was platinum-certified. After delivering a second album, Title of Record, Patrick’s ongoing struggle with alcohol and substance abuse was taking its toll.
Under pressure to deliver a third album, Patrick worked with his bandmates and producers Ben Grosse (Depeche Mode, Underoath, Disturbed) and Rae DiLeo (Veruca Salt, Rufus Wainwright). Several of the songs on the album found Patrick addressing the grip of addiction, including “God Damn Me” and “Where Do We Go from Here.” The Amalgamut was also inspired by Patrick’s travels across America.
But two months after the album dropped, just as the band was set to embark on an extensive tour, Patrick checked himself into a rehab facility and canceled all further engagements. Today, he is proudly 20 years sober. Since then, Filter has released four more albums, including The Trouble With Angels (2010) and The Sun Comes Out Tonight (2013).
Outside of the band, Patrick has also performed in the supergroups The Damning Well (featuring members of Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle and Limp Bizkit) and Army of Anyone (a collaboration with brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots).
This year saw a new Filter single, “For the Beaten,” out on Golden Robot Records. Patrick is readying the release of Filter’s eighth studio album in 2023. Next year will also find Filter embarking on a North American tour, while the band will appear at the Heaven and Hell Metal Festival in Toluca, Mexico on December 2nd, 2022. Earlier this week, the band was announced as part of the lineup for the inaugural Sick New World festival in Las Vegas on May 13th, 2023.