The Amity Affliction - Severed Ties
Record Label: Boomtown Records
Release Date: October 4, 2008
Getting on board with the group vocals, covers, and mixing of screaming vocals and clean vocals, Australian post-hardcore band The Amity Affliction have little to offer to this over-crowded scene. The cover this time? Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield." The result? Not all that great. Which pretty much can be said about the album itself.
But, of course, I enjoyed it anyways. "I Heart Roberts'" is a fun opening track that will give any teenager the courage to give their parents the finger. Meanwhile, the second track "BDKIAF" really lets clean vocalist Ahren Stringer show his chops. "Jesse Intense" includes Michael Crafter of the Australian super metal group I Killed the Prom Queen. Although, I've never really listened to the band heavily, his vocal work on the track make it a notable song on the album. Listen to it for him and Stringer. Closer "Stairway To Hell" really shows the talent of the whole band. If more of the songs on the album would have had the intensity shown in this song, it would have made for a better listen indeed.
Production is solid on the album, and the band is able to pull of its own sound, but it's still too similar to other post-hardcore work out there (most notably Atreyu and Alexisonfire). I'd like to see their next album focus more on Stringer's clean vocals as opposed to Joel Birch's sometimes overly high-pitched screams and raspy clean vocals. The combination wasn't working for me.
The album overall isn't that bad, but it's not that great either. Just another post-hardcore album to pass the time with. You'll find nothing groundbreaking here.