Album Review: The Amity Affliction - Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them
Artist: The Amity Affliction
Album: Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them
Genre: Post Hardcore/Metalcore
Review by Byron Hall
I'm going to start this review with a disclaimer, I enjoyed "Ivy" now that that's out of the way, and you're still reading. Here is my take on The Amity Affliction's newest offering, "Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them".
That's right my sadlings, it is time we cracked open a can of “feelings” - instigating the listening experience with an interlude piece aptly named "Coffin", initially I thought it was straight-up a prophetical for-word to explain the end of Amity's career. I was wrong. It shows the heavier and more melodic side while keeping itself under 2 minutes long.
It would be fairly shallow of me to state that the only theme of "Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them" is loneliness and loss. I'd like to think this record, the 7th studio album from our favourite boys from Gympie may actually be one of the better releases in recent years.
Tracks 2 and 3 were released as singles, "All My Friends Are Dead" and "Soak Me In Bleach" respectively. The stronger of the two being "SMIB" a melodic sing-a-long, that's not to say "AMFAD" doesn't hold its own merit. Fans rejoicing at the heavier sound which had been lacking in recent releases. I personally feel that although this record, while still sad and gloomy (would it be Amity if it weren't ) it's also one of the more fleshed out bodies of work that The Amity Affliction have released.
Especially in an age where bands are no longer restricted to a single sound or style. "Baltimore Rain" runs though as the 5th track, I'd much have preferred it to be called "Gympie Rain" but hey, I don't name the songs. I really enjoyed almost everything about this one like the trap beat influenced sample, which I loved. I'm glad Amity haven't completely ditched the vibe and sound they had touched with on "Ivy". It then progresses into fairly limited lyrical content. Musically however, it slaps. The blend of piano, wet drums and sad vibes works really well. The way that the sectioning and vocal delivery between Ahren and Joel has progressed makes me eager to catch "All I Do Is Sink" and "Aloneliness" live. I feel like it's more of a conversation about mental health and struggling while trying to keep it together.
The next track 'Aloneliness' is the track I was waiting for, it's Amity but with about 10 years of experience. Stringer sounding at his peak, strongly backed up by Birch. The upbeat tones and groove got me feeling good, which heavily juxtaposes the rest of the album, as if to say. "Fuck it, I'm alone and that's actually okay." By track 7, the album picks up once more. "Forever" is your unmistakable Amity Affliction song, it sounds as thought it could be easily nestled on any of the bands previous albums, with a dash of intricacy. The melodic "Ohhh's" are mega cool, although the staggering of fast, hard and slow songs may feel a bit disjointed to the average Amity listener, I feel as though it would make for a very atmospheric live set.
As with most bands of the last few years, Amity have grown and evolved their sound, adding influence from hip-hop, alt-rock and even nuances of sludge metal. This could be attributed to new drummer Joe Longobardi who jumped on a touring member but stayed for the soundtrack to your emo adulthood. "Just Like Me" shows the slowest and most calculated of tracks, with both Ahren and Joel chanting about how they're already lost, which then breaks into powerhouse of "do do do do do do doodo do" it's kinda neat seeing more "ad lib" fillers throughout sections tying them to one another. It’s ultimately refreshing to see a new twist on a more mature leg of metal – melodic sound is up and on the rise for heavier music. Being displayed throughout recent releases from other Australian bands, there’s no doubt that focus on the more charming, captivating melodics will breakthrough within upcoming releases.
"Born To Lose" is like the hybrid between let "Severed Ties and Ivy" a dark two-steppy emo field trip. Once again being okay with the situation but dealing with it in a somber yet forthcoming way. I can see the "and I have everything to loose " being a chant screamed by sad-boys and girls everywhere. Amity know their demographic, although this will likely polarise fans once more. It will also go down as a classic and one of the most mature Amity records to date. Argumentative, but yet – this record has set the tempo for a new wave of Amity.
Rating: 8.4 anchors out of 10.
Top tracks: "Let Me Sink", "Fever Dream", "Soak Me In Bleach"
Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them will be released February 21st via Pure Noise Records.