ALBUM: The Amity Affliction – Youngbloods

Release Date: October 24th, 2011
Label: Roadrunner Records
Website: None available


Australia deal in a good line of metal bands these days. Between the trendy metalcore of Parkway Drive and Deez Nuts and the all the more barbarous approach of the recently split The Red Shore, or even the crushing malevolence of such unique acts as the terrrifying Portal, it’s clear that not only is the metallic sound thriving down under, but there are handful of outfits daring to do something a little different. Unfortunatley, The Amity Affliction are not one of these.

Although, this isn’t to say that ‘Youngbloods’ is particularly terrible, yet it quickly becomes clear that the album amounts to little more than metalcore by numbers. The obligitory breakdowns and clean choruses feature in abundance, with some occasional electronic noodling thrown in for good measure, yet the songs blend into each other so seemlessly it really does become difficult to pinpoint any album highlights. ‘Fire Or Knife’ begins particularly venomously and features an undeniably danceable beatdown, as does ‘Dr. Thunder’, although it rapidly descends back into the same old formula. To be honest, you could pluck any name out of the tracklisting here and you are going to be met with a song that is largely tantamount to the song preceeding or following it.

The primary issue is that the record is just utterly unmemorable. There’s barely a hook apparent, as the choruses constantly fall short of anything that could be considered catchy, and the guitar work is unforgivably dull. I challenge anyone to give ‘Youngbloods’ a listen through and be able to sing a riff or vocal line back to me. Capable muscians they clearly are, yet when a band uses these skills to create tracks so interchangable, there is something clearly wrong.

It escapes me why someone would choose to listen to The Amity Affliction when bands such as Underoath are doing what they do such a colossal amount better. If the band are truly passionate about carving a future for themselves, there’s some serious upping of their game required, because ‘Youngbloods’ falls rather significantly short of the mark.

Written by Tony Bliss