The Amity Affliction - Chasing Ghosts
January 21st 2013 05:50
Back in 2010 when The Amity Affliction released "Youngbloods", a brilliant record that found that perfect metalcore balance of clean vocals and harmonies with screams and heavy riffage. Australian heavy music fans bought into The Amity Affliction and their career exploded with festival slots, international supports, headlining tours and overseas exposure. But as music critics often do, they wait to see if a band can follow it up with the next record or will they just be a one trick pony?
Well, the pony has grown up into a glorious steed. "Chasing Ghosts" is a fantastic follow on from "Youngbloods". Carrying the same musical style with the same perfect vocal mix, but with a more mature sound with songwriting ability and production values to the tracks. The mix of clean and harsh vocals is spot on and adds another dimension to the lyrical content of the songs which is a part of The Amity Affliction work I feel has gone a little unnoticed. 'Chasing Ghosts' looks at the epidemic and tragedy of suicide. The passion shown in the delivery of this track not only reflects what I can assume is personal experience but makes the song relatable to all.
Musically, the songs are brutal. Crushing death metal riffs and gut check drum beats will ensure a lot of sweaty young men will get their aggression out in the pit of their live shows. Tracks like'R.I.P Bon' (continuing the theme of tracks starting with R.I.P) and 'Geoff Sux 666' are prime examples of this. The record as a whole is more complete and improves on 'Youngbloods" significantly. The band, despite a lot of line up changes, have stuck to the sound they want to achieve and they have almost settled in on it with this record. One of the best local releases this year, I look forward to seeing them dominate the summer festival circuit and internationally.
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