The Amity Affliction
Severed Ties


4.0
excellent

Review

by upagainsttheropes USER (1 Reviews)
November 8th, 2008 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Severed Ties is a fantastic record, one that puts many of The Amity Affliction’s US counterparts to shame. Having debuted at number twenty-six in the Aria charts, it won’t be long before these guys are no longer Australia's little secret.

They’ve been threatening for a while, but the time has finally come for The Amity Affliction to step up and take what is rightfully theirs. After two well-received EP’s - the first being self released, the second seeing the light of day via Skull & Bones Records – this twelve-legged party machine has delivered the album that we all knew they were capable of creating.

Catchy (and dare I say it, pop) melodies, screamed lead vocals and thick, melodic riffs are the order of the day, with a subtle electronic element now being thrown into the mix, all of which pulls together to form one cohesive sound.

With a vocal contribution from Daylight Curse front man Helmet Roberts, the aptly titled “I Heart Roberts” gets things off to a great start, the song’s chorus giving the listener a taste of what the rest of the record has to offer. Not sure what “B.D.K.I.A.F.” stands for and to be honest, who gives a *** when the music is this good. Featuring another monster melody and some metal styled guest vocals from Lochlan Watt (The Surrogate), “Snitches Get Stitches” shows just far Amity’s song writing has come since their last release. There’s nothing worse than a band shying away from who they are, so it’s refreshing to hear a song like “Do You Party?” a track that loudly and proudly declares that the band aren’t too concerned by strangers having an opinion on their after show behaviour.

“Poison Pen Letters” first made an appearance on the State Of Affairs split that Amity were a part of in 2004, the song’s inclusion being more than justified by it’s catchier than a cold chorus and heavy mid-section. Lead single “Fruity Lexia” (goon must be big in Brisbane) is one of the strongest tunes the band has committed to record to date, with Ahren (Bass/clean vocals) taking the group’s already impressive songwriting to another level, while the haunting “So You Melted” shows off another side to the already multifaceted six-piece.

A demo of “Jesse Intense” was put online earlier this year, however the re-recorded version (with vocals from ex-IKTPQ vocalist/Big Brother star, Michael Crafter) is a far superior model to the original, while “The Blair Snitch Project”, my personal favourite, sees the band mixing Ahren’s soothing melodies with the punk beats of yesteryear. Now, I don’t want to spend too long dwelling on this, but Amity’s cover of “Love Is A Battlefield” is something I could have done without. I’m sure the band had their reasons, and no doubt the song will illicit a great response in the live setting, but I can’t help but feel it tarnishes an otherwise floorless record. Lucky then that the final tune is “Stairway To Hell”, with yet another guest vocalist making their presence felt, the person in question being Deez Nuts main-man JJ Peters.


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Vooligan
November 8th 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love this album heaps, its awesome.
Jessie Intense and Fruity Lexia are both sick songs.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 8th 2008


3776 Comments


I've heard good things about this, but I dunno, guess I'll check it out eventually.This Message Edited On 11.08.08

xNintendoCorex
November 8th 2008


1272 Comments


heard some tracks on their myspace.....its really nothing impressive.
your review was alright, a fair bit fanboyish though and pretty short

tbh everything theyve done since their self titled ep has sucked.


Vooligan
November 8th 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tbh everything theyve done since their self titled ep has sucked.
really? i think the opposite, self titled didnt do much for me, high hopes had some really good stuff on it. and this is awesome.

Bitterandthensome
November 8th 2008


13 Comments


Sounds like I might like this. I will dowload if I can/have time. Do they have songs on their myspace?

Vooligan
November 8th 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah theyve got 'i heart roberts' and 'fruity lexia' up
www.myspace.com/theamityaffliction

Petsi
December 4th 2008


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You took this review off killyourstereo.comThis Message Edited On 12.04.08

AtavanHalen
December 4th 2008


17927 Comments


Maybe it's the same writer?

taylormemer
December 4th 2008


4944 Comments


Not likely

charliecoolman
December 13th 2008


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Some very good bands coming out of Australia.

Vooligan
December 13th 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very true

crayonandon
January 17th 2009


1 Comments


B.D.K.I.A.F

big dick know it all fuck.

Vooligan
January 17th 2009


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but still an awesomely fun album.

loseit13
February 18th 2009


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woo I get to see theses guys in a month!!!

upagainstthewall
March 13th 2009


839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ive got the high hopes EP and thats pretty sweet. So i am assuming this is just as awesome.

Vooligan
March 13th 2009


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

High Hopes was great, but on this everything was just done so much better. The cleans are better, songs are better and its catchy as all hell.

upagainstthewall
March 14th 2009


839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well it looks im gonna have to buy it now!

moose1992
July 4th 2009


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got home from seeing these guys, this album absolutely nails it live.

loseit13
December 24th 2009


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

100% agree with you moose

Thakey91
April 5th 2010


35 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Curious as to why the genre is pop punk?



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