The Amity Affliction "Youngbloods" Album Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:54:59
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Metal has gone through so many mutations over the past decade. With Youngbloods [Roadrunner Records], The Amity Affliction elevate the genre to a turning point. Make no mistake about it, this is modern heavy metal at its finest, and it will undoubtedly be a trend-setter. Youngbloods elegantly fuses staggering keyboards, throat-slashing guitars, and infectiously intense vocals for a sound that's both unique and undeniable. "I Hate Hartley" kicks everything half with a pummeling groove that entwines with vocalist Joel Birch's guttural screams. Bassist Ahren Stringer punctuates the song with invasively catchy clean vocals and harmonies. "And death won't be my lover" is a hook that could resound at festivals worldwide.
"Anchors" holds down an immense wall of distortion, while "Fire Or Knife" stabs with visceral sonic violence. The group's inherent dynamics shine the title track and "Fuck the Yankees", illuminating just how intriguing they can be. After these ten songs finish, it's clear The Amity Affliction are the most exciting band of 2012.
Combining gnashing riffage a la Killswitch Engage and hooks that rival even early Deftones, The Amity Affliction stand primed to take over and evolve "heavy" once again.
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