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Let the Ocean Take Me

The Amity Affliction

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Album Review

A band brought together by personal tragedy, the Amity Affliction have a certain knack for creating cathartic, emotional free-for-alls, giving every song the feel of a life or death struggle to keep from being crushed by the heaviness of the world around us. On their fourth album, the Australians continue to work toward their strengths with Let the Ocean Take Me. Musically, the album feels like pretty standard metalcore, with driving riffs leading to a crushing breakdown, followed by a bright chorus. And even though the Amity Affliction aren't revolutionizing the genre here, it's all right, because Let the Ocean Take Me's true strength lies in its use of a theme. With a focus on depression and grief, the album mirrors the inner turmoil brought on by a devastating loss with its tempestuous, breakdown-laden metalcore. Providing a light in the darkness are the the clean vocals of bassist Ahren Stringer, which create these little moments of hope among lead vocalist Joel Birch's furious, throat-shredding screams. The interplay between the two creates an interesting dynamic, with Stringer's soaring choruses showing the listener that no matter how dark things get, it only takes a moment of optimism to clear a path toward something better. Although Let the Ocean Take Me is an album that is both sonically and emotionally heavy, it provides enough catharsis that the listener is left refreshed rather than run down, and even though the band isn't doing anything that listeners haven't heard before, the album's lyrical depth will reward fans who take the time to sit down and really explore the record.

Customer Reviews

Amazing

I know it's to early for a real review. But the first song is amazing. I struggle everyday with PTSD and this song and the feel of the album cover just spoke to me. It's truly amazing this band is awesome! And their music says more than what is sang!! I'll listen to these guys tell I die!

Brief Breakdown Review

Pittsburgh 10/10: A very powerful way to start the album. Strong sounds, screams, melodies, and potent lyrics. Lost & Fading 9/10: One of the catchier choruses sung by Ahren. Don't Lean On Me 9/10: Nice use of piano to start off slow, then an eruption of screaming, powerful lyrics. Decent chorus. The Weigh Down 8/10: One of the weaker songs of the album in my opinion, but far from "bad". Never Alone 10/10: Another meaningful song from the ablum. Strong chorus. Ends with a phone message given by someone in desperate need of a friend to help get past his suicidal thoughts. Death's Hand 7/10: Weakest song of the album, in my opinion. However, this is some stronger than normal vocals by Joel. F.M.L. 8/10: Fairly catchy song all around. My Father's Son 8/10: Joel really opens himself up on this song. Good/decent. Forest Fire 10/10: This song has the simplest but most powerful lyrics in the whole album, in my opinion. Ahren sings, "I'm standing by the riverside and I'm dreaming hope come save me now. I'm feeling like I can't escape and I'm screaming love come pull me out." Give it all 10/10: This song finishes the album as strong as it started. If nothing else, remember... "I give it all and when I fall, I get up and give some more." Overall 10/10: No doubt this is the strongest album by Amity Affliction yet. Joel's lyrics are unmatched as he opens his whole heart for the world to use as a crutch in a time of struggle. Ahren's voice soares with a powerful emphasis. And musically, Amity has yet again created a sublime sound throughout the whole album, incorporating several instruments in the production that adds to its mood. Amazing.

Just pre ordered my album!!!

Get To listen to pitsburg all night and all day tomorrow!!! Great song guys!

Biography

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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