ARTIST: THE AMITY AFFLICTION
TITLE: EVERYONE LOVES YOU…ONCE YOU LEAVE THEM
LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS
WORDS: KARLEY MYALL
In 2018 The Amity Affliction released their twelve-track album ‘Misery’, leaving fans wanting to hear more of the heavier side to the band which didn’t particularly shine through in their previous release. It’s safe to say their newest album is a lot louder and they have taken a huge step into delving into a different style of sound, considering it’s been two years since their previous release this new album shows growth and a more developed sound for the Australian three-piece metalcore band.
They’ve not been afraid to start 2020 off with a bang with their new music and it seems they have many plans for this year including touring throughout the US in April and May with Sleeping With Sirens, Stray From The Path and Unity-TX. Giving their fans a real taster of what’s to come is the first track ‘Coffin’ a much shorter track but definitely goes full on with the heavy side. It starts off with an eerie sound as the deep vocals begin to seep through, leading into a powerful instrumental as the shrieking screams take over.
“considering it’s been two years since their previous release this new album shows growth and a more developed sound for the Australian three-piece metalcore band”
Possibly one of the best tracks in the anthology is ‘All My Friends Are Dead’. It takes you right back to their 2014 days, relaying that metalcore sound but cranking the heaviness up a notch. This one isn’t focused solely on one specific sound as they do mix it up throughout. You’ll hear these in your face chaotic screams, then the tone is lowered into a more mellow chant, with an added bit of techno to take you by surprise, this song has so much going on but that’s what makes it stand out from the rest.
‘All I Do Is Sink’ with it’s harsh yet clean vocals, the chugging guitars and the banging of the drums, this one shows that even though they still hold onto their previous sound, they can create something that they know their fans will love but in a more revised and creative way.
Following on from that is the track ‘Aloneliness’ this one wasn’t the biggest highlight and in fact didn’t really blend in well with the overall vibe of the album. It was a lot more suited for their 2018 release, everything was very toned down, there was clicking of fingers, a choir like chorus and it did not sound heavy in any aspect. As a listener, it’s always good to hear bands offering diversity and this one didn’t show how talented these guys are vocally – it was so far away from what the previous tracks sounded like that it wouldn’t have mattered much if it wasn’t on there.
“An album that has shown huge potential and will definitely be a big hit with those fans that love the iconic AMITY SOUND”
Finally ‘Catatonia’ comes in and pulls you back, embracing that loudness and the insane instrumentals as well as having the soft low-pitch vocals flowing through out, it ends the anthology on a high note.
An album that has shown huge potential and will definitely be a big hit with those fans that love the iconic Amity sound. Some tracks stood out a lot more than others but it was great to see the band experimenting with different ranges and styles. It was fortunate to see that they still kept their heaviness and didn’t abandon it, in fact they delved right in and created a much more progressed sound.