13 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Amity Affliction’s third studio album Chasing Ghosts is easily the band’s darkest recording to date, as suggested by the album art — which depicts a young male hipster hanging from a tree. This theme is heavily mused over in the outstanding “R.I.P. Bon,” a hard-driving eulogy that balances melodic sorrow with feral bursts of anger. As the opening title-track sets a brutal tone of regret and despair, keep in mind that the initial impetus for the Australian post-hardcore quintet’s formation was bonding over the death of a friend. But their 2012 recording also finds the band trying out new ideas. Compared to 2010’s lauded Young Bloods, the production here has been ramped up and the electric infused breakdowns add another sonic dimension, sounding more natural than forced. There’s also more contrast between the soaring inflections of Ahren Stringer and the blistering howls of Joel Birch — especially in the following “Life Underground.” Though its title suggests an anthem for the hippest beer, “Pabst Blue Ribbon On Ice” proves to be the most cathartic cut.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Amity Affliction’s third studio album Chasing Ghosts is easily the band’s darkest recording to date, as suggested by the album art — which depicts a young male hipster hanging from a tree. This theme is heavily mused over in the outstanding “R.I.P. Bon,” a hard-driving eulogy that balances melodic sorrow with feral bursts of anger. As the opening title-track sets a brutal tone of regret and despair, keep in mind that the initial impetus for the Australian post-hardcore quintet’s formation was bonding over the death of a friend. But their 2012 recording also finds the band trying out new ideas. Compared to 2010’s lauded Young Bloods, the production here has been ramped up and the electric infused breakdowns add another sonic dimension, sounding more natural than forced. There’s also more contrast between the soaring inflections of Ahren Stringer and the blistering howls of Joel Birch — especially in the following “Life Underground.” Though its title suggests an anthem for the hippest beer, “Pabst Blue Ribbon On Ice” proves to be the most cathartic cut.

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

4.8 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

sportsmusicstar ,

Masterpiece.

This album is seriously so freakin' good. I've been a fan of these guys for a while now, and Youngbloods was a positively brilliant album, i thought it would be hard to create something as good as that. But of course, Amity never dissapoints! Every song from start to finish, even the bonus tracks, are equally amazing. Not only do these guys have great vocalists and awesome melodies, they also write some pretty breathtaking lyrics, just so deep and emotional. A lot of people can relate to this stuff, and you can tell Joel writes very personal tough. Its very inspiring actually.
Overall, this is truly and amazing album, just buy the whole thing, you won't regret it! :)

Andrew8104 ,

Awesome

It is very hard now days to find an album that offers quality on every single track. If you are in to this kind of music, you will love this album.

CR8 HAVOC ,

Awesome

Yesterday I listened to these guys live at warped tour at Houston and I could not believe how good they were. It was my first time hearing them and it definitely won't be the last ill listen to them. You just got another fan The Amity Affliction

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