The Afterimage
Lumière


4.5
superb

Review

by Get Low USER (7 Reviews)
December 21st, 2018 | 52 replies


Release Date: 08/28/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If what you are searching and what you are seeking is good prog metalcore, then you've come to the right place.

The Afterimage were a 5-piece progressive metalcore band from Ontario, who, despite having been together for six years, only released two EPs, and one full-length album toward the end of their career. Their second EP, 2015's Lumiere, consists of eight tracks, three of which had been previously released as singles as early as 2012 (Seeking, Unseen, and Onyx). With this in mind before my first listen, I was expecting a haphazardly thrown together collection of songs from a band who seemed unwilling to just sit down and write an album. But much to my surprise, I was met with the opposite – a musically and lyrically cohesive effort which played to all of the band's strengths, and in my opinion one of the best releases the genre has to offer.

Lumiere begins with the title track, which is a two-minute piano-guided, somewhat industrial-sounding affair in which vocalist Kyle Anderson sings repeatedly the mantra of the EP: "Release. I'll release everything, release all I am." The second track, Seeking, plunges into more of what is to be expected from the rest of the EP – technical yet melodic guitar leads intermingled with rhythmic chugging; fast-paced, cymbal-heavy drumming; Kyle's low-ranged screams which compliment his higher-pitched singing – all packaged together with production that is loud, clean, and in-your-face. Tracks two through six follow a similar verse-chorus-verse-chorus formula, but with heavier moments sprinkled tastefully throughout. After the Without You interlude, the album concludes with Reach, which, after three more minutes of melodic riffing, Kyle reminds you again, if you are singing along, to release all that you are.

The two aspects of Lumiere that captivate me the most are the guitarwork, and its catchiness. Although I'm wary to give any individual guitarist songwriting credit due to these songs being written during a four year span in which there were many member changes, the vibrant technicality of these riffs rivals those of Jesse Cash of Erra and Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance, which are two bands The Afterimage clearly drew inspiration from. And while Kyle does well at coinciding with the heavier sections of the music with his screaming, his clean vocals on the choruses and occasionally on some verses are absolutely infectious. Between the passion with which he sings and the relatable philosophical struggles he sings about, it is impossible not to have at least one track stuck in your head after each listen.

As of the time I'm writing this review, I believe progressive metalcore of the "djent" variety to be on its way out the door, so to speak. But even after the trend meets its inevitable doom, Lumiere, with its fun hooks and fantastic songwriting, will always stick out to me as much more than just a product of its time. Sure, The Afterimage has two other releases, but the Formless EP, as the name implies, sounds like an incomplete version of what the band would later become, and their full-length album EVE just doesn't have the same spark that Lumiere does, perhaps due to a loss of passion or one too many member changes. Thankfully, with the 27-minute runtime, a blessing for an EP this good, Lumiere offers just enough to be a wholly gratifying listen.



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Get Low
December 21st 2018


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally, I've given this absolute gem a review. Hopefully I did it justice.

OwMySnauze
December 21st 2018


1904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome write up man. My only complaint about this album is the production. The single versions sound much crisper and the instrumentals much louder. Seemed like Kyle’s vocals were the main focus of this release.

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SteakByrnes
December 21st 2018


14321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review boyo, this EP will forever be a slapper

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Get Low
December 21st 2018


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, guys. I agree that the single versions of Seeking, Unseen, and Onyx sound better, but I don't think the production on this EP sounds bad at all.

MarsKid
December 21st 2018


8552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's about damn time. Nice review. Seems the band peaked here and it's going downhill from now on.

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Get Low
December 21st 2018


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well they broke up recently, but yeah, they were never going to top this.

MarsKid
December 21st 2018


8552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seriously? Damn, I'm super out of the loop or I forgot.

AgentDeathbat
December 21st 2018


7795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I beard one track from Eve and dug it, guess this is another band I should keep an eye on.

Get Low
December 21st 2018


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should check this, Deathbat. You'd like it.

AgentDeathbat
December 21st 2018


7795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if the one song I checked is any indication, I know I will. Someone on reddit recommended it to me when I was really obsessing over any project that Spencer Sotelo was involved in because they thought the singer had a similar inflection to him.

AgentDeathbat
December 21st 2018


7795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The bridge of "Distance" sounds SO Spencer-like, holy SHIT. I love this.

Tranqyl
December 21st 2018


292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad this finally got some review coverage. Didn't even know they broke up before now, but their last album wasn't setting themselves up for success.

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Get Low
December 21st 2018


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn, 5 pos's. I feel the love.



I'm glad you liked this, Deathbat. Distance is my favorite track here.

AgentDeathbat
December 21st 2018


7795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeeee, the Reddit guy that rec'd didn't lie when he said there was a similarity to Periphery.

Get Low
December 21st 2018


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There are indeed some similarities.

AgentDeathbat
December 22nd 2018


7795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep, lmao

i'll be running through their full-length sometime soon

Get Low
December 22nd 2018


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's not as good as this, but still worth a listen.

SteakByrnes
December 22nd 2018


14321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eve has some bangers, huge step down from this tho

artiswar
December 22nd 2018


6465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eve is really good. Not perfect but a very solid send-off for the band. It definitely softens the blow of their break-up slightly

SteakByrnes
December 22nd 2018


14321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll soften your blow



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