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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.

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They definitely sound different, but the meaning behind these songs are so strong, and the music is well played. I'm trying not to be biased, because I experienced a dear friend that took his own life a couple years back, and it's very hard to deal with. You ask yourself why did they do it? But events like these are apart of everyone's lives at some point, and the amity affliction really touched base with it. I love this album. 5 stars!

One of my favorite albums

This album is so inspiring and meaningful. This album is in my top five list. This band has changed my life and saved me multiple times. All the songs are unique and different. I love it.

Never heard of until recently

And they have become one of my favorite bands


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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