The Afterimage
Eve


3.5
great

Review

by Tranqyl USER (8 Reviews)
May 16th, 2018 | 193 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All of the technicality, ¾ of the heart.

Following the release of 2015’s Lumière, I had nothing but high hopes for the Afterimage. Within that record they’d presented an incredibly interesting take on what modern progressive metalcore could be. There were the soaring highs and emotive lyrics that subtly nodded towards bands like Dance Gavin Dance, while the instrumentation was ripped straight from the chaotic precision that bands like ERRA and Periphery wielded. What separated it the most from its peers though was the decision to experiment. There were interesting electronic samples all around the album and the pure highs of Kyle Anderson’s vocals over the dissonant guitars really created something energetic and unique. They weren’t just taking the relatively stagnant progressive metalcore genre and breathing life into it, they were painting a beautiful, albeit intentionally messy, sonic landscape. Lumière wasn’t without its flaws, but it showed some serious promise about where the band could go. If only they’d gone that route. Eve isn’t a bad record. It isn’t at all. It’s actually a great record, but that’s what’s a little disappointing. All of the precise and interesting technical instrumentation is there, but the band opted for a safer and more streamlined sound, an action which in turn killed a little of the originality that made them so interesting in the first place.

There’s still plenty to love for what the album offers, you just have to look a little deeper. The opener Aquamarine gives a pretty good glance at what the band holds dormant in their wheelhouse, waiting for an opening to ensnare the listeners in interesting electronic sampling and lush vocals. And then following the build up from Aquamarine, The Afterimage shatter any expectations and drop the three weakest tracks on the record back to back. There are a few catchy choruses scattered here and there, and a pleasant vocal feature in Amethyst, but the instrumentation is mainly just chugging, breakdowns, and typical metalcore cliches. Occasionally, The Afterimage offer glimpses towards the aggressive and chaotic technicality seen on Lumière, however for these three tracks, it’s too few and far between to really save them. Floodgates brings the listener back into the frey of interest with its fluttery guitar work that almost seems like something out of Chon. At this point, the album actually kicks into gear and reignites the spark with catchier hooks, heavier and more dynamic breakdowns, and touches of experimental flourishing here and there to compliment the overall experience. Secrets provides perhaps the best example of a working balance between the older eccentricities and a more mainstream direction towards the sound. Eve breaks up any hint at monotony with its slower speed and emotional, albeit overdone, message. And then finally, following the reprieve, Eve as an album begins to really work. The flow between Mirrors, Sapphire, Wrath, and Violator is fantastic and each of these songs might even be the album’s highlight tracks. Mirrors and Sapphire cash in on Anderson’s strong clean vocals and the aforementioned touches of fluttering electronics, whereas Wrath and Violator do as their names detail and end the album with an absolute ground-pound of brutality and mathy dissonance. It’s actually rather startling when Violator ends after an incredibly crushing breakdown and the album is just done.

Eve is an odd album because there isn’t much really wrong with it, but it’s also certainly not as impressive as its predecessor. There’s clearly still creativity and soul put into it, but Eve requires the listener to dig a bit deeper to find what makes The Afterimage so unique. Even so, it’s hardly an album to ignore just because some of the sound has been streamlined. It’s still an engaging release that shows that progressive metalcore ain’t going anywhere without at least a little bit of an argument over black skinny jeans and the authenticity of ‘djent’.



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SteakByrnes
May 16th 2018


14763 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Goddammit I was gonna review this :[



Nice review tho, haven't heard it yet but the last single was great. I don't have too much hope in this tho, which is a shame because Lumiere was amazing

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Tranqyl
May 16th 2018


313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry man, beat you to it. Anyways, I'd say give this album a real try because there are some really good parts that channel Lumiere. If only the whole album was as good as those parts.

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Get Low
May 16th 2018


5160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. You should review Lumiere too. It needs one.

Tranqyl
May 16th 2018


313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't listened to it that much lately, but I could give it a go.

Get Low
May 16th 2018


5160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No pressure. It's just that a certain user named @STEAKBYRNES has said that he would review Lumiere, but has not done so as of yet.

OwMySnauze
May 16th 2018


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It’s a shame they streamlined for this release. ONYX, Seeking and Unseen are what saved Lumiere from being an average metalcore Ep.

Get Low
May 17th 2018


5160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Idk man, I think every track on Lumiere slaps.

Tranqyl
May 17th 2018


313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Follow was pretty dope too, Snauze. Lumiere was just a really sick release overall. Listening to it again makes me a little more disappointed with Eve. Still can't bring myself to drop this below a 3.5 though.

SteakByrnes
May 17th 2018


14763 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ugh get off my back about the review

Get Low
May 17th 2018


5160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm just messin' witchu

SteakByrnes
May 17th 2018


14763 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lumiere is so dope tho

burningbeard
May 17th 2018


152 Comments


No matter how many times I look at it, I can't fail to read the band name as Afterminge.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2018


25294 Comments


"O N Y X" is really the only song from these guys I REALLY come back to, but i do like their new songs a bit too.

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SteakByrnes
May 17th 2018


14763 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

onyx isn't even their best smh

Get Low
May 17th 2018


5160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think Distance is their best song.



SteakByrnes
May 17th 2018


14763 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Unseen is my favorite and their best imo

Get Low
May 17th 2018


5160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have you heard the version they released as a single on Famined Records (it's called "The Unseen")? It sounds a hell of a lot better than the version on Lumiere. Same with The Seeking. They used to have an incredible producer.

SteakByrnes
May 17th 2018


14763 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've heard both version of both songs and I prefer Lumiere version both times

Tranqyl
May 17th 2018


313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta agree with Low on this. It sounds so much more vibrant and impactful with the Famined Records recordings. Lumiere is still excellently produced, but it does sound a little more washed out in comparison.

Tranqyl
May 17th 2018


313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Follow really doesn't get enough love as a song tbh.



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