The Amity Affliction
High Hopes


3.0
good

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
May 10th, 2009 | 25 replies | 10,826 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Amity Affliction gives us some 'High Hopes' for future releases on this EP... Okay enough of the bad puns.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Ever since the breakup of large Australian hardcore act I Killed The Prom Queen and the exportation of Parkway Drive , there has been a large gaping void in the national metalcore/ambient scene in Australia. The Amity Affliction are a 5 piece metalcore act from Queensland, and have been quickly growing a solid fan base and are filling that void nicely.

Opening with the futuristic and fenetic synth in 'I Heart Throsby' we are greeted with screams and the now obligatory whiney clean vocals that we find in metalcore today, though this somewhat suits how this band writes with the clean vocals contrasting extremely well with the screaming. '...Throsby' being my favourite track on this EP, is able to build up into the catchy choruses, keep your head in whiplash mode with great breakdowns and a slow acoustic break which mixes in quite nicely and does not chop up the flow of the song.

The "Training Day" quote “You gotta decide whether you're a wolf... or a sheep” leads us into 'RIP Steggy' which sounds like any generic metalcore song that you would hear from bands such as The Devil Wears Prada, until the synth comes in like a siren taking the song into a great interlude, but then once again it disappears into the generic-ness that the mass of metalcore bands are giving us today. Luckily, they have stuck 'RIP Steggy' in between two of the best songs on the EP. 'Straight Up', comes flying out of the dregs that 'RIP Steggy' left. It begins with a gang shout then, as per usual, into a breakdown that will keep you pressing the rewind just to hear it again and again.

'Doug Wayne' is full of metalcore goodness, as well as a lot of bad. With a lot of hooks that really only make the chorus sections any worth listening to as the verses just seem to bobble like one of those bobble head dogs, and not do much more.

'Cut it Out' is a epical 9 minute journey (with hidden track in this time space) about a suicide of a student at a school, though it doesn’t really do any justice to the cause as it is really a bit of a sloppy attempt at such a emotional subject, though after finding and listening to the hidden section of the song, you can start to convey feelings towards the persong that has given their life away, as soft and lyrical sounding guitar plays over the students class discussion of his death.

While The Amity Affliction are relatively new to the scene of metalcore, they are able to stand up and show that they have what it takes to cut it in the genre and are able to mix synth in much better than metalcore bands do per-usual, instead of the over the top exploits of some bands today. With the catchiness and melodic vocals of Alexisonfire, the euro-metal stylings of Still Remains and a dash of contained brutality a la Underoath, High Hopes is an impressively executed step towards the top.



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Douglas
May 10th 2009



8984 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It's a short review, but it is an EP.This Message Edited On 05.11.09

YouAreMySilence
May 11th 2009



3727 Comments


Sounds so lame.

MassiveAttack
May 11th 2009



2684 Comments


whoa jealousy abound lol.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2009



20818 Comments


Not bad Douglas. I can't really comment a great detail on the album.
Spelling error in the 2nd para where you write suites instead of suits.

Vooligan
May 11th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Their album is so much better than this, the songs are a lot better written.
Throsby and RIP Steggy are mad songs though.

Douchebag
May 11th 2009



3624 Comments


I'm just too confused.... Dougie....Daveyboy whoaaa. you both make bad puns, you could be the same person!

loseit13
May 11th 2009



226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there album is a better quality then this

got to see them live in Cairns they were awesome

mutatedfreek
May 11th 2009



7351 Comments


This sounds kinda average, good review though.

Douglas
May 11th 2009



8984 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It really wasnt my best effort I must admit.

Vooligan
May 11th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You gunna review their album?

Douglas
May 11th 2009



8984 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I dont own it! If I get it I shall have a crack.
Oh and thanks Davey, and Alligator, I thought we had solved this.This Message Edited On 05.11.09

xNintendoCorex
May 11th 2009



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

cmon guys, rate it properly.
it deserves no more than a 2.5

Vooligan
May 11th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nah, it gets a three cos the first two songs are catchy as hell. All downhill from there though.

xNintendoCorex
May 11th 2009



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

they were heaps better when they were an undeniable underoath ripoff


This Message Edited On 05.11.09

Vooligan
May 11th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never really liked their first EP all that much.
Their albums pretty cool though, nothing groundbreaking, just heaps of fun.

xNintendoCorex
May 11th 2009



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ah fair enough, i love the first ep
'SEVERENCE' mmmm
do you like house vs. hurricane much? same sound as this really.

Douglas
May 11th 2009



8984 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

HvH are a lot better than these guys.

Vooligan
May 11th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Their EP's about on par with this i think, maybe a lil better. There's some good stuff but alot of that generic metalcore crap.

xNintendoCorex
May 11th 2009



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lets face it
crappy metalcore is what the scene kids want ><



Vooligan
May 11th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah bugger that



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