12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With five albums that mix metalcore brutality with pop-inspired melodies, The Amity Affliction have become one of Australia’s most popular heavy music acts. When it came time for record number six, however, they were ready to make some changes. “We wanted to reduce the screaming and make darker music,” Birch says. “We wanted to push the electronic elements to the front.” Their metallic crunch and hardcore breakdowns are still in play, but electro-funk brightens up “Burn Alive,” vocoders enhance the title track and the synth flourishes of “Feels Like I’m Dying” prove they have outgrown the metalcore tag.


There is not a lot of catharsis or relief to be found on the album, which Birch has barely been able to bring himself to listen to from front to back. Wrenching closing track “The Gifthorse” is dedicated to a friend of Birch’s who died by suicide earlier this year, a tragedy he is still struggling to reconcile. “It’s sort of a kick in the teeth emotionally,” he says. “But I think that’s the sign of something good, something honest.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With five albums that mix metalcore brutality with pop-inspired melodies, The Amity Affliction have become one of Australia’s most popular heavy music acts. When it came time for record number six, however, they were ready to make some changes. “We wanted to reduce the screaming and make darker music,” Birch says. “We wanted to push the electronic elements to the front.” Their metallic crunch and hardcore breakdowns are still in play, but electro-funk brightens up “Burn Alive,” vocoders enhance the title track and the synth flourishes of “Feels Like I’m Dying” prove they have outgrown the metalcore tag.


There is not a lot of catharsis or relief to be found on the album, which Birch has barely been able to bring himself to listen to from front to back. Wrenching closing track “The Gifthorse” is dedicated to a friend of Birch’s who died by suicide earlier this year, a tragedy he is still struggling to reconcile. “It’s sort of a kick in the teeth emotionally,” he says. “But I think that’s the sign of something good, something honest.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

Reef_Nerd ,

So disappointed.

Ivy and Feels Like I’m Dying are really different from their old stuff, but still good. The rest of the album, not so much. The first two songs are the only ones that still feel like the band I know. I’m so sad to lose another one of my favorite bands, especially after their music had helped me get through some tough times in the past. RIP

Youngbloods album? ,

Youngbloods album?

Have you all forgotten the Youngbloods album? Huge fan here, but Youngbloods is by far TAA’s best album by far and I’m sorry, in my opinion this new song doesn’t fit in with that style, and that’s the amity I fell in love with. I’m giving this 3 stars until the whole album comes out, but I’m not liking this Bring Me The Horizon direction they are choosing, the beginning of this song instantly reminded me of the Sempiternal album by BMTH. YOUNGBLOODS RUN FREE FOREVER!!!!

Marmaduke82 ,

Not Feeling It

W.T.F.I.T.? Been with you guys for quite some time, but can’t get behind this. I don’t know what went behind this new style of music, but it’s not TAA. You guys had a nice little niche that worked for you and the fans, that’s no more. Good luck, I’m jumping off the TAA train. Hope you prove me wrong.

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