The Amity Affliction
Youngbloods


4.0
excellent

Review

by Steven Spedding USER (17 Reviews)
June 20th, 2010 | 218 replies | 33,326 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the Amity Affliction emerge from the shadows of their peers in Australia's everygrowing metalcore scene.

19 of 19 thought this review was well written

The ever-growing over population of post-hardcore shows no signs losing steam. The modern day equivalent of the hair metal era continues on, making record companies millions while stifling any potential for originality. The competitive nature of the hardcore and metal scene means the careers of bands are dependant on instant success. The cut throat attitudes of record labels places huge pressure on bands to produce music that will make them RISE/Victory/any record label's next cash cow. Unfortunately, the lifespan of many of these promising bands is cut short by both the financial constraints of constant touring and putting out new records and the ever changing need for something new and cutting edge. Australian outbackers the Amity Affliction are an exception when it comes to this notion. Born back in 2002 the Amity Affliction has spent the majority of their careers’ on the backburner. Low key releases “High Hopes” and “Severed Ties”, while arguably well received they did little to whet the appetite of post-hardcore listeners.

“Youngbloods” is the band’s sophomore LP release and their coming of age. What is evident immediately is the upgrade in production quality. Packed full of glossy vocal effects, tasteful use of electronic samples and crisp guitars it seems the Aussie band’s record label saw it as time to give the band a fair crack of the whip in funding good production. The improvement from previous releases is monumental in this respect. Other marked improvements can he heard everywhere. Vocal inconsistencies that hampered previous releases have been corrected. The clean vocals have been particularly improved, bassist Ahren Stringer pours out his soaring melodies to great effect throughout in conjunction with the atmospheric, melodic leads of Troy Brady.

The guitar leads of title track “Youngbloods” showcase both the competency of Brady as a musician but also as a songwriter. The melodic passages that frequent many of the tracks help ascend the album to epic melodic heights and put to shame the shallow attempts of countrymates “House vs. Hurricane” of emulating a Misery Signals’ esque style ambience in many of the leads in recent release “Perspectives”. Brady's infectious guitar hooks make "Youngbloods" a far more accessible alternative to most of the Amity Affliction's competitors. The technicality and diversity of his parts rank him up with the best of modern post-hardcore, consequently making him the ideal focal point for the band.

The band's use of electronics add extra textures to their soundscape. Samples are used sparingly and subtly in tracks such as "Dr. Thunder" and "RIP Foghorn". The latter features a keyboard drenched breakdown that could serve as an example of good practise for the many breakdown obsessed pretenders.

However despite the step up in almost all respects, the band rarely moves out of its song writing comfort zone. They follow the tried and tested post-hardcore formula religiously. The drop C metalcore chugga chug rhythms are present in most if not all tracks making the record seem a little linear. Also, it would seem Stringer concentrates more on his vocal parts than his bass work as it is rarely audible in any capacity other than supporting the rhythm. Their sole purpose seems to be to add a heavy underlay and provide a platform for lead guitarist Brady to shine. Whether they underestimate their capabilities or the band does not require them to expand their horizons is impossible to guess but there is room for expansion in this respect.

It seems to be the time of year for metalcore and post-hardcore bands to put out new records with the impending releases of In Fear and Faith, Parkway Drive and Haste the Day. While it is unlikely “Youngbloods” will upstage the more fashionable “Deep Blue” listeners can be assured of a more rounded and enjoyable listening experience from the Amity Affliction.

Recommended songs:
Youngbloods
Dr. Thunder
I Hate Hartley
No Sleep ‘Till Brisbane



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sspedding
June 20th 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't reviewed in a while so I thought I'd crack out one, a little on the short side unfortunately.

Will correct any problems or wordiness tomorrow.

Awesomesauce
June 20th 2010



1083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't mind thses guys, might have to check this out. They're fucking party animals too so I know my money's going to a good cause!

Mclovin
June 20th 2010



293 Comments


The modern day equivalent of the hair metal era continues on

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sspedding
June 20th 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

does it not make sense or something mclovin?

Mclovin
June 20th 2010



293 Comments


To me, it makes no sense whatsoever, but perhaps you can convince me otherwise. Good review, though. I pos'd broseidonhomedawg

sspedding
June 20th 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesomesauce, you should definitely. I only really got to know of this band recently and this is much better than their previous releases.

sspedding
June 20th 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just how so many bands sound the same, constantly plagiarising each other. Much like the 80's hair metal era. I can't really work out if the grammar is right in the sentence though. It is annoying me.



Mclovin
June 21st 2010



293 Comments


Yeah I guess that's valid. You might wanna clarify that's what you mean, though - idk, maybe I'm just a dumbass. The wording is a little awkward, but it seems grammatically correct, so you could try messing with it. Btw, just as a little nit-picky thing, post-hardcore is hyphenated. Perhaps I'll check this out.

sspedding
June 21st 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've sorted the hyphen thing, cheers for pulling me up on that, its such a basic error. Will have a fiddle with them first few sentences later after I've had some sleep.

Have a look on their myspace at the two songs they are streaming. If you like them it might be worth it.

Nikkolae
June 21st 2010



4747 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i remember listening to a song off of this once but im not sure when, review is okey, a bit short but moderatly good, you need to add the tracklist btw

Digging: We Came Out Like Tigers - Ever-Crushed at Pecket's Well

jangbanger
June 21st 2010



56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

enjoyed the review, getting the album now as i've been waiting for this.

yeah tracklist is mia

Mordecai.
June 21st 2010



8270 Comments


i like these guys, so i'll probably get this. hope it is better than Severed Ties

Douglas
June 21st 2010



9051 Comments


these blokes are pretty awesome live, I will most likely check this out eventually.

AtavanHalen
June 21st 2010



17927 Comments


So, this band fucking sucks.


And that's why I don't like cricket.

Mordecai.
June 21st 2010



8270 Comments


awwwwww mang

Vooligan
June 21st 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is awesome. Much better than Severed Ties. I Hate Hartley rules.

Review was good, would have been nice to mention some induvidual tracks, but meh.

liledman
June 21st 2010



3826 Comments


highly doubt this is any good.

Vooligan
June 21st 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its good if you can get past the fact that it's pretty unoriginal, but just a fun album.

sspedding
June 21st 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

added the tracklist.

shortone323
June 21st 2010



883 Comments


So is this anything like their self titled?



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