The Amity Affliction
Everyone Loves You... Once You Leave Them


2.5
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Review

by brettgoespunk USER (21 Reviews)
February 21st, 2020 | 116 replies


Release Date: 02/21/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I miss the Misery.

As a fairly big fan of The Amity Affliction, I was pretty pleased with the singles released in preparation for this new album. “All My Friends Are Dead” was a return to a heavy form after the experimental, although great, Misery. “Soak Me in Bleach” brought one of the catchiest choruses they’ve ever laid down, and “Catatonia” was a great mix of both of those elements. With all of those singles plus the teaser of the very heavy (perhaps the heaviest thing Amity has ever done) intro track, “Coffin”, this album was shaping up to be a return to the Let the Ocean Take Me era with maybe a flare of This Could Be Heartbreak. An album which, while flawed, has many good songs and cool ideas. Unfortunately, what we got with the remainder of Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them, is the cringey parts of Misery combined with all the worst parts of This Could Be Heartbreak.

Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them is not a good album. To be clear, there are good songs. For the most part, the aforementioned singles all hold up within the context of the album. Track four, “All I Do is Sink” introduces a really fun instrumental style with bouncy palm muted chugging riffs. Though this isn’t anything new or groundbreaking, it definitely is fun and the chorus is undeniably catchy. Unfortunately, this is really all that the album has to offer after this point (aside from “Catatonia”, which is the closing track). The rest of this album is full of corny moments, which, to be fair, is kind of what Amity has done best for a while now. Joel’s lyrics have always been a bit run of the mill or a bit cringe-worthy (“Hey death, get ***ed!” - “The truth is that I’m all ***ed up like you, yeah we’re all ***ed up its true”). The difference is, in the past, that they were backed up by great songs (okay “All ***ed Up” is an awful song, but the point is made). Ahren’s ear-worm choruses and the fun breakdowns made up a really strong and great discography.

There is a heavy lack of great choruses on this record, which is what The Amity Affliction has always done best. Track five, “Baltimore Rain”, has a chorus which includes the line “smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” about five too many times and then proceeds to include an actual sound of lighting up and inhaling a joint. Take that as you will. “Aloneliness” (let’s not even start with the track title) is so forgettable that practically the only thing that I can recall to talk about is the awfully obvious pitch-correction on Joel’s singing. “Forever” is a decent song with a fairly catchy chorus, but suffers from being average, forgettable, and painfully nondescript. “Born to Lose” has a decent heavy riff and breakdown, but it's almost as if they thought they could just put a mild dose of those elements in the mix and it would prevent people from noticing it isn’t a very good song. “Fever Dream” is the final song before the fiery closer, “Catatonia”, and it generally contains the same attributes that have been said about the rest of this record. It has a decent chorus, but not enough to make it stick in your head, although there is a guitar solo towards the end which admittedly adds a nice flair to lead into the final chorus, maybe giving it that last kick of memorableness.

The major problem with this record is averageness. The good songs are good, but not enough to make up for the simply poor, boring and forgettable tracks making up the majority of this album. Most of my dislike of this record stems from frustration with the fact that I know they can do better as well as frustration with how typical the songwriting is. The Amity Affliction has tried to switch it up in the past, and I believe that it really worked with Misery. There were explosive choruses, insanely catchy electronic bits, and heavy sections when they worked. Joel Birch expressed in an interview that they felt that they went “too far” with Misery, and that they were going to go back to their earlier albums style a-la Let the Ocean Take Me. The problem is, that formula became extremely stale with This Could Be Heartbreak, making it their worst album, and going back to that formula on this record did not do them any good. Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them is The Amity Affliction’s worst record due to painful averageness and the most bland songwriting in modern metalcore.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2020


12496 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is misery.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2020


16382 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this lived up to my expectations.



then there's nocte wasting no time in destroying it with that 1.0 lol

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2020


12496 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You're welcome Simon.

You'll be pleased that rec/review delegation you gave me a couple of days ago won't be getting a similar treatment.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2020


16382 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i look forward to reading it man, i've been waiting patiently....





DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2020


16382 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

good review as always btw brett, pos

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2020


12496 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Probably a few more days away. I find myself suddenly time poor of late.

Ray91
February 21st 2020


648 Comments


the singles honestly promised so much more than the actual record has to offer. After hinting a return to their chasing ghosts/ltotm style, this is like misery b-sides (and that record is awful) mixed with some leftovers of this could be heartbreak

Additionally joel's got to be one of the worst lyricist there is. I mean, the dude is singing about the exact same topics for about 6 records now and doesn't manage to write something other than cringeworthy one liners about hating life, ocean and waves

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2020


16382 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

actually, this is pretty fucking awful tbh. "Aloneliness" is horrendous and the lyrics on "baltimore rain" rack up as the year's worst thus far



"smoke 'em if you got 'em".................







DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2020


16382 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"Probably a few more days away. I find myself suddenly time poor of late."



appreciate you taking the time to check it though, i really enjoy their music, but my loose bias wouldn't make for a good review. better someone else goes in to check it out

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2020


12496 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I realise the balls it would've taken to throw a "core" album at me for review haha

Robert048
February 21st 2020


31 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like it well enough. My first listen didn't go great, but it seems be growing on me. Sort of like Misery did. They really did fool everyone with those singles, and the interviews they had up to release, though. That was pretty shitty.

JesperL
February 21st 2020


683 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i don't see the point of this band's existence but i'll listen to every album they put out and not hate it as much as i know i should

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Tunaboy45
February 21st 2020


17143 Comments


bro that's such a profound title bro because like when you think about it people only care about you when you're gone, damn really makes you think bro

Lucman
February 21st 2020


4212 Comments


I really don't feel with the popular metalcore scene these days but even when I loved it these lads weren't that great. Misery was painful and if that cringe inducing title is an indication of the music behind it I'm staying well away.

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joshieboy
February 21st 2020


7349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, Amity have been bang average for a while now

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Robert048
February 21st 2020


31 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Baseketball.

SteakByrnes
February 21st 2020


18774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damn, seems the general consensus is that the first four tracks are good and then the rest suck. I'll give this a listen today, loved the singles

Ray91
February 21st 2020


648 Comments


it really is that way Steak. Was really hoping for something more worthwhile. In the end they should have just released the intro plus the singles an an ep

KjSwantko
February 21st 2020


12004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn, that average. Was really optimistic about this album after hearing the singles that were a step back to the right direction at least. Bummer as I've always had a soft spot for these guys.

SteakByrnes
February 21st 2020


18774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Man, and I was really looking forward to this album



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