Album Review: The Amity Affliction - Misery

Artist: The Amity Affliction

Album: Misery

Genre: Post-Hardcore/Metalcore

Review by Steve Jenkins

Amity Affliction seemed to be set to overtake Parkway Drive as Australia's biggest heavy music export, with huge potential and a certain something that set them apart. If their latest few releases are anything to go by, they've seemingly thrown that plan out the window, heading toward a more mainstream, digestible sound. Unfortunately, this new sound has missed the mark, sounding comparatively dull a uninspired, which is the vibe we get on their new album, Misery.

The drums are flimsy, the guitars play no meaningful part, and the bass is basically non-existent. While Ahren Stringer’s vocals are a highlight in the otherwise messy, disappointing album, sounding more natural and less overly auto-tuned than on their previous release, they’re given the spotlight on most tracks, yet somehow carry little substance. Granted, his vocal part on ‘Holier Than Heaven’ is a shining moment in the dark that is Misery.

The best part of this album, to me, is definitely the videos. The short films they released were genuinely entertaining, and it’s easy to see why they generated such a buzz. It’s just disappointing that the music doesn’t seem to live up to the high standard they set with the videos.

Look, I get what they’re trying to do, seeing the success of heavy music fan favourites such as Bring Me The Horizon, and the musical direction they have taken, it’s natural that other bands in the heavy music scene may try to emulate that. However, there’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to do that, and I feel like The Amity Affliction are wasting all of their potential by heading in the wrong way. The good thing is that they’re never going to have to worry about not selling albums, as they do have a very strong fan base, which does give them the creative freedom to move in whatever direction they’d like to. I just hope that the direction they head in next is back towards the heavy, authentic side of music.

4 out of 10.

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