The Amity Affliction are a band known by Emo and Metalcore fans across the world. In part thanks to how long they’ve been a prominent force within the genres, but also thanks to the sheer honesty of the lyrics and songs the band creates. Only being two short years since the release of their last album, Misery, to say there was an air of mystery and excitement around their next album Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them would be a definite understatement, especially after the singles showed the band moving back towards the heaviness that a lot of people felt was missing on the 2018 release. So, with the release coming this week, let’s dive into the album.
Opening the album is ‘Coffin’, a short but sweet track that instantly takes us back to the bands early days, focusing on much heavier vocals and instrumentals. This carries into track 2, ‘All My Friends Are Dead’ incredibly well and shows us that Amity are back to the sound that fans love, but with the heaviness cranked up to 11. Track 3, ‘Soak Me In Bleach’ is the first true standout of the album though, with an incredibly catchy hook and a great breakdown, and the atmosphere that’s being built across the entire run-time. On top of the atmosphere, topically the track also feels like a return to form, with lines that just hit me right in the gut.
Up next is ‘All I do Is Sink’, with chugging guitars and a mix of great harsh and clean vocals that blend together to remind me especially of the band’s early work. Moving onto track 5, Baltimore Rain, listeners are given a taste of the bands more modern sound with prominent electronic instrumental lines backing the band and an awesome almost 90’s Hard Rock sound. Following this is ‘Aloneliness’. This is the first track that I struggled to get into due to it sounding like a B-Side from Misery, as well as having the weakest vocal performance and lyrics of the album so far to me, luckily this is one of the shorter tracks and Forever that comes after quickly pulls me back in.
‘Just Like Me’ is another throwback to their 2018 release, but mixes in elements of the bands earlier sound and is much less abrasive with the sound shift. Track 10, Born To Lose has potentially the best blend of emotionally heart wrenching lyrics, heaviness and catchiness that had the song stuck in my head hours after my first listen and track, Fever Dream follows a similar structure that puts a focus onto the clean vocals. The final track of the album is also the final single, Catatonia. Bassist Ahren Stringer described the song as a bookend to the album to keep it heavy, while also working as a sister song to ‘All My Friends Are Dead’. A fantastic end to the album that brings everything full circle.
After the singles, I was pretty excited about this release. Being someone who struggled to get into Misery, Everyone Loves You… brings back the heaviness that made the bands early work feel so genuine, while keeping elements of the later sounds that show Amity’s growth as musicians across their careers. On top of all this, as someone who has suffered from Mental Health issues most of my life, this album spoke to me, embodying some of the many thoughts and feelings that people who deal with mental health struggles may share. I can highly recommend this album.
Review: Daniel Stapleton
Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them is out via Pure Noise Records
21 February 2020