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Amniote is a progressive metal band from Lorain County, Ohio.


  • Cole Robertson (guitar, 2016 –)
  • Tyler Corlett (vocals, 2018 –; bass and backup vocals, 2016 – 2018)
  • Galen Buttitta (drums, 2016 –)
  • Brandon "Mongo" Smith (bass, 2019 –)

Former members:

  • Jake Norris (bass, 2016)
  • Brandyn Waggoner (vocals, 2016 – 2018)
  • Relish West (bass, 2018)
  • Alex Johnson (bass, 2019)


  • Amniote EP (2017)
  • Counterfeit Gods (2018)

Amniote contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Artifact Title: "555" has completely different lyrics than what it started out with. It retains its name partially because of the time signature and partially because that's how the band knows it.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: While Brandyn was a member, this could have been applied to the band:
    • Cole: Phlegmatic
    • Brandyn: Sanguine
    • Tyler: Choleric
    • Galen: Melancholic
  • 555: Subverted. The band has a song called "555", but the lyrics were completely changed and now have nothing to do with the title. The original lyrics play the trope straight, albeit metaphorically.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: The band usually lands between 6 and 8, but runs the gamut from 1 (the interlude in "Washed Up") to 9 ("Rooster" and "Geriatricide"). "Cloak of Selene", from the Counterfeit Gods EP, may reach 10.
  • Heavy Mithril: "The Pyramid I: Landfall" was based on a D&D campaign the band plays.
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  • Punny Name: Galen has said that the title of "Rooster" is wordplay on the name of one of his childhood bullies.
  • Refrain from Assuming: It isn't "Have You Come to See My Fangs", it's "Cloak of Selene".
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: In "Cloak of Selene", there are parts where Tyler backs himself, most noticeably at the end of the song.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The song "Moons of Mercury" is one to Rings Of Saturn.
    • The title of Counterfeit Gods is, in a roundabout way, a reference to SCP-2714.
  • Something Completely Different: The interlude in "Washed Up" is much, much lighter than the rest of the song.
  • Song Style Shift: "Washed Up" has a noticeably lighter interlude about a third of the way through.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Tyler does this to himself on "Cloak of Selene".
  • Take That!:
    • The song "Washed Up" contains one to one of Brandyn's former bands.
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    • "Moons of Mercury" and "Geriatricide" are written about some of Galen's extended family.
  • To the Tune of...: The music for "Rooster" was originally the song "Revealment" from Cole Robertson's solo project Arc Shock.
  • Uncommon Time:
    • "How the Gods Punish" is composed in 15/8, varying between triple time (3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3) and quintuple time (5 + 5 + 5).
    • "Geriatricide" is written in seven.
    • "555"…well, guess.

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