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Album Review

Like many screamo outfits, Amity Affliction start off as Swedish melodic death metal rip-offs on Youngbloods, with tortured vocals, melodramatic riffs, tempo changes and all, but once they get it out of their systems — which takes about 30 seconds — they display some exquisite chops of their own, proving that they did not chart in Aussie (not Scandinavian) charts for nothing. The basic tools are the same, though — a mix of inhuman screaming and emotive clean vocals, heavy post-hardcore riffs, plenty of background synth and guitar textures, and speedy tempos that grab the audience only to dump it head-on into slower sections where the building hysteria resolves into larger-than-life, angsty shoutfests, almost like U2 gone goth metal. Botching this sort of music is easier than getting cut juggling chainsaws — overdose on histrionics, and you end up a sappy, self-pitying whiner; go heavy on musical extremism and, well, heaviness, and the whole thing winds up a loud, convoluted, and hookless lump of chugga-chugga riffs and pointless tempo shifts. But there is nothing pointless on Youngbloods, and the band's melodic savvy and good songwriting skills allow them to line up groove, emotion, and technical proficiency in such a way that they enhance each other — which is the same as saying that the tunes are intense and elaborate, but also catchy (and, just as commendably, laconic). Hooks shrouded in layers of complexity indicate that at heart, Amity Affliction remain just a bunch of young men disappointed with the world and screaming for affection, but Youngbloods is not a nervous breakdown, but a controlled catharsis where the drama is captivating, not off-putting.

Customer Reviews


The Amity Affliction's Youngbloods album is my favourite album right now, and it has been for a while. It is nothing less than amazing. Stand out songs in my opinion are I Hate Hartley, Anchors and Youngbloods- although I can listen to every song over and over again and not be unsatisfied. I believe that The Amity Affliction's sound has improved with each album, and although I love all their old music, this album is my favourite. If you haven't heard it yet, BUY IT NOW. Because it is that good, and this band deserves recognition. This band definately makes me proud to be an Australian.


Amazing album, definitely goes on with the amazingness of their former albums, a must buy If you like amity affliction


I love this album, the song i cannot get over is anchors, i could listen to it for hours on end and still not get tired of it! good job guys


Formed: 2002 in Brisbane, Australia

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Brisbane post-hardcore act Amity Affliction were formed in 2002 by a bunch of longtime pals, still high schoolers at the time, who had been affected by the death of their teenage friend in a road accident. The band, initially a quartet, released a demo in 2003 and an EP in 2004, but did not start making waves in earnest until some time later. In 2005, after the screamer Joel Birch joined the fold, Amity Affliction went on a touring spell, working up a nationwide reputation as a powerful live band....
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Youngbloods, The Amity Affliction
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: 15 July 2011
  • Parental Advisory

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