Cry of the Afflicted
The Unveiling


4.0
excellent

Review

by Steven Spedding USER (17 Reviews)
January 18th, 2010 | 48 replies | 7,823 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who said reinventing the wheel was required to make a good album?

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Post hardcore quintet Cry of the Afflicted carved out a respectable reputation touring their native Canada on the back of their impressive, albeit raw debut LP “Consume This Wasteland”. In 2007, on the back of this they were signed to metal superpower label Solid State Records. It seemed a peculiar signing for a label that signs predominantly christian metalcore bands of the ilk of August Burns Red and Oh, Sleeper. They do fit the christian background of their Solid State counterparts but overall offer a far more melodic experience when compared. Following the signing they quickly moved into the studios to record their follow up album “The Unveiling”.

A number of things strike the listener upon first listen, as already mentioned, this isn’t an atypical metalcore/post hardcore experience. While there are some generic ingredients in the use of downtuned guitars and the presence of dual vocal styles Cry of the Afflicted don’t seem mindlessly manufactured from their post hardcore peers. Firstly much of the vocals are harmonised in production which may turn some individuals off, I however fall into the other category as I hear vocals which excel with the addition of depth to a single vocalist. Lead vocalist Garrett Packer commonly flits between his unique soaring cleans into throaty screams throughout the album which on the other hand is scarcely up to standard, in fact they add little but variation. Variation which is welcome however.

The structure of the music is standard for post hardcore, the band primarily focus' on catchy hooks and strives to appeal to the listener with anthemic chorus’. Lead single “A Scar Filled Sky” embodies the heights reached with its pro-singalong style of writing. Its catchy leads overlay the nicely balanced sound of the rhythm guitar and bass. This is a theme which is replicated throughout the album where essentially the listener is greeted with a blend of feel-good evoking rock riffing mixed with meaty post hardcore rhythms. Emotionally charged stand out track “Built To Fall” characterises their sound completely in which all aspects positive of Cry of the Afflicted come together perfectly. Refreshingly the band opt to omit the use of single note breakdowns that has lead to the universal ridicule of bands such as Alesana and A Skylit Drive. Instead the band has concentrated on constructing interesting riffs (hear “the Influence of False Pretence”) and giving their music a little more face.

Some may point to the clinical production as a reason for such an accomplished result, some may argue the band bring nothing new to the table which to an extent is true. Listeners striving for innovation won’t find a great deal of genre bending material on “The Unveiling". While the songwriting is not groundbreaking, it is effective and this I suppose could be generalised to most aspects of this record.

Negatives are present on the album, there is a sound which is replicated for much of the album meaning some tracks come across as filler as their inferiority is highlighted particularly when compared to the good songs. This fact may also put off listeners who don’t enjoy the sound of the album as there isn’t a huge amount of diversity shown in the songs.

Overall it is evident the band hasn’t set out to reinvent the wheel, maybe because they don’t have the ability to do so. They have however set out to provide what is an enjoyable, easy listening album and have been successful in doing so.

Recommended tracks:
Built To Fall
Scar Filled Sky
Anchors



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sspedding
January 18th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As ever point out any problems with grammar etc.

Bottom line about this album is I like it alot but I can see why people wouldn't.

WhiteWallStargazers
January 18th 2010



2647 Comments


I also really like this album...

sspedding
January 18th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

which song do you like best?

TheSpirit
January 18th 2010



16662 Comments


This album gets a little samey but i still really like it. It's a shame the band broke up.

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

sspedding
January 18th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I mention that in the review, they don't really experiment with their sound or the structure of their songs but because I like it so much it doesn't really ruin it for me whatsoever.

TheSpirit
January 18th 2010



16662 Comments


Same. Its good to see an actual good review of this, it needed it.

sspedding
January 18th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks mate.

WhiteWallStargazers
January 18th 2010



2647 Comments


Honestly I like the whole album haha, from start to finish

sspedding
January 18th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fair play lad, it is one of the few albums that I dont need to move tracks on.

cvlts
January 19th 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn, i guess ill have to give this a listen.
i initially heard bad things about these guys so i steered away.

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

AmericnZero02
January 19th 2010



3305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review sspedding. Brief and to the point, much like the album itself. A Scar Filled Sky is probably my favorite off this. New Hopes, New Dreams and Penetrate, Illuminate are a couple other highlights for me.

sspedding
January 19th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers zero im happy how this one turned out.

BrahTheSunGod
January 31st 2010



1279 Comments


woooo HowardBensoncore

MacWeener
January 31st 2010



288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is siiiik

sspedding
January 31st 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yiiiiik

PinkBlackberry
February 19th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As always Sspedding you hit the nail on the head.

I literally have been listening to these guys since they came out, Was a big time for me since they
came out when I was in total love with Stutterfly. (I'm from Canada, about 3 hours from where these
guys originally came from) so I've got my fair share of home-grown love for them.

and you're right, it isn't ground breaking but it is so well done, it's the standard setting singy
screamy delivery, and pretty damn sexy riffing that set them apart from what was, and is being
released.

and a side note: Favorite song "A scar filled sky". with the ambient slow bridge then the total pace
switch and the great growls. loveeeee it

Edit: as always, a pos for a very well written review ;)

EasternLight
February 19th 2010



2695 Comments


getting

YouAreMySilence
February 19th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh another Canadian? Nice!
Yeah Scar Filled Sky is definatly the best.

PinkBlackberry
February 19th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah son, Livin' up in Kamloops, originally from Vancouver

YouAreMySilence
February 19th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Brooks, AB myself.
Like 2 hours from Calgary... its a shitthole.



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