The Amity Affliction
Let the Ocean Take Me


2.5
average

Review

by Azn. USER (37 Reviews)
June 10th, 2014 | 10 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Harmless, friendly, but dark, in (stereo)typical Amity Affliction fashion.

Youngbloods was a great record in my book; it wasn't groundbreaking by any stretch, but the band has always performed with a certain remarkable honesty and an edge of consistent competence that drew me in. Youngbloods was a rough-cut gem of a metalcore album, offering generous replay value with its poppy choruses, dark subject matter, and charmingly raspy production. The band's production and its vocal work have always been primary strengths, but as of late the production has been 'improved' by making it sound more polished, which I won't chart up as a good thing. Unfortunately, 2014 release Let the Ocean Take Me follows the same path as usual, except this time around the vocal writing is merely competent, making for a merely passable album.

The Amity Affliction is reliant on the vocal tag-team of Ahren Stringer and Joel Birch, but this time around the songwriting is weaker in general, with same-y choruses that seem to replay too many times. I hesitate to mention the instrumentals because they're pretty standard fare, although arguably in the band's style, they've never been the main focus anyway. They are, however, weaker too, seemingly functioning as simple buffer for the vocals whist on earlier records they had more personality and direction. Let the Ocean Take Me is rife with safe chord progressions and pedantic percussion work, possibly the result of a new guitarist. It's formulaic and competently executed, but it's an album that is built without much staying power or any sense of innovation in mind.

Like most Amity Affliction albums, I intend to put this on replay for a short while and then forget about it entirely.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Azn.
June 10th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

honestly not very interesting, don't get all the hype

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2014


13356 Comments


good review, posd

band has had some good stuff. first album and the ep with the green cover were both pretty good.


Digging: Slint - Spiderland

Azn.
June 10th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah, didn't get all the high ratings for this one



band is going downhill

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2014


13356 Comments


even more surprising is the high ratings the new Beartooth is getting. dont get that one at all. Caleb Shomo is suddenly getting praised as a vocalist, which is just weird

Durrzo
June 10th 2014


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty bad album.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2014


15840 Comments


not sure if your summary works dude, without the parenthesis it doesn't make grammatical sense. either way good short review, I won't be partaking in this.

Azn.
June 10th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks for the heads-up, fixt

ShitsofRain
June 10th 2014


8041 Comments


what an awful album title

Digging: Dark0 - Xenotype

paradox1216
Emeritus
June 10th 2014


730 Comments


was there even hype around this, what

Azn.
June 11th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks



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