The Amity Affliction
Youngbloods

Written by Jason Strange

Sometimes the punk scene promotes a band and puts them on a high horse with claims of greatness, which, sadly, these days means as they progress in their career, the hype dies with every blogger and forum post bagging the absolute crap out of the band until the general consensus is that they suck. The Amity Affliction find themselves in this situation. Their first album “Severed Ties” was praised throughout the scene. Topping yearly ‘best-ofs’ and winning recognition not only in Australia but across in the UK as well. So the question is, what will people think of their new disc “Youngbloods”?

The boys from Brisbane have really stepped it up on this album. A couple of years of solid touring and the addition of ‘The Getaway Plans Clint Splattering’ on guitar has set up the bands sound on “Youngbloods”. A wall of sound and fury moving from post-screamo into industrial and melodic hardcore. They may not be entirely original in sound, but they definitely stand up as one of the best in the local scene.

“Youngbloods” kick off with the single ‘I Hate Hartley’ with it’s atmospheric keyboard intro before launching into a full sonic assault. The album thunders on with each track delivered just as intense as the previous one; there is no let up. ‘HMAS Lookback’ is a metaphor of reflection using the sea and features a good mix of screaming and singing voices. The title track calls for people to live for the moment and cherish the life because we’re all too young die. Other standouts in the ten tracks are ‘No Sleep Til Brisbane’ and ‘Fuck The Yankees’ which is actually a song about vocalist Joel Birch’s mother and not an attack on Americans!

The Amity Affliction have delivered on a solid debut with a cracking good follow up. The band have ignored the pressures of harsh punk/metal critics and continue to play what they are comfortable with. I’ve already read some comments from fans saying the first album was better. No matter what, this will always happen, but for what it’s worth, this is another great Australian hardcore album. Perhaps the hype is justified.

Join Music Feeds on Facebook

More On Music Feeds

News

Frank Ocean Fans Trolled As They Wait For New Album

Frank Ocean fans have fallen victim to a cheeky online troll who is actually the muso’s younger brother, Ryan Breaux, as they wait for the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange.

News

Chris Cornell Says Making New Audioslave Music “Would Be Great”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell says he “would always be open” to reuniting and making new music with American rock supergroup Audioslave, which he founded with former Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.

News

Horrorshow, Urthboy, Thelma Plum & Jimblah Drop New Track ‘Any Other Name’

Aussie hip hop troupe Horrorshow wrote and recorded “a rallying cry to the nation” over the weekend.

Album Reviews

The Rubens – Hoops

The deep, stirring hum and pounding kick drum of Hallelujah pulse through my headphones and I can honestly say I’m pumped.

News

Sounds Of The Suburbs Festival 2015 Lineup Announced

After announcing its 2015 return late last month, Sydney’s Sounds Of The Suburbs Festival has announced a packed lineup featuring local acts like Brisbane indie duo Holy Holy (pictured) and punk outfit Skegss, as well as US bands The Garden, White Fang and The Memories.

News

Wiz Khalifa & Peking Duk To Headline Optus RockCorps 2015

US rapper Wiz Khalifa (real name Cameron Jibril Thomaz) and Aussie electronic duo Peking Duk are set to headline this year’s Optus RockCorps event, which fans can earn free entry to by donating some of their time to charity.

Around the web

This May Also Interest You