(Album Review)  “Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them” by THE AMITY AFFLICTION

(Album Review) “Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them” by THE AMITY AFFLICTION

80’s hair-metal band Cinderella once sang, “Don’t Know What You Got ‘Till It’s Gone”.  With The Amity Affliction’s latest offering “Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them”, truer words haven’t been spoken.  The Aussie four-piece metal band explores this concept throughout this album that was released on February 21st via Pure Noise Records.

The concept begins with the song “Coffin”, which feels dark, looming and ominous all in the same token.  Yet it provides that anticipatory setting for what’s to come with this album.  Then, The Amity Affliction hits you like a bullet in between the eyes with the track “All My Friends Are Dead”.

With “All My Friends Are Dead”, you sense the hostility and anger in Joel Birch’s voice along with the clean vocals that Ahren Stringer possesses in his vocals.  It’s difficult to paint the picture of this song because there’s so many layers to unpack in this song.  In my interpretation, it talks about how his “friends” are those that have passed on in the music industry and left an impression on him and the band, on the other hand, I take the interpretation that it talks about how now that he’s achieved success, he feels absolutely alone despite the fame and “fortune” that has came his way.

Longtime The Amity Affliction fans will sense that they’ve returned to their heavy roots with the tracks “Soak Me In Bleach” and “All I Do Is Sink”.  You feel the darkness that has set in with these songs and you sense the pain and anguish that is poured out in the lyrics.  This is one of the elements that makes The Amity Affliction stand out from the rest of the pack.  “Catatonia” takes you to the climax of the album before sending the listener to a crashing halt.

You see elements of maturation especially in the track “Fever Dream”.  The catchiness is there, but you see The Amity Affliction spill their heart to the listener through the lyrics, chorus, and the arrangements of the track.  Lead guitarist Dan Brown pours out a heartfelt guitar solo during this song.

This record is one of those records that just wipes you out because it takes you on an emotional ride, while feeling this sense of liberation that you’re not alone in your thoughts.  Let the music of The Amity Affliction help you get through whatever you’re going through in this 9 out of 10 star offering.  Here is the track listing below:

  1.  Coffin
  2.  All My Friends Are Dead
  3.  Soak Me In Bleach
  4.  All I Do Is Sink
  5.  Baltimore Rain
  6.  Aloneliness
  7.  Forever
  8.  Just Like Me
  9.  Born To Lose
  10.  Fever Dream
  11.  Catatonia

The Amity Affliction are still on their European run with Beartooth.  Check out the gig dates below:

Wed. 3/4- Grosse Freiheit 36 in Hamburg, Germany

Thu. 3/5- Huxleys Neue Welt in Berlin, Germany

Fri. 3/6- Taubchenthal in Leipzig, Germany

The Amity Affliction will be on their spring run with Sleeping With Sirens, Stray From The Path and Unity TX.  Check out the gig dates below:

Wed. 4/15- Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, Nevada

Fri. 4/17- Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane, Washington

Sat. 4/18- Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon

Sun. 4/19- The Showbox in Seattle, Washington

Mon. 4/20- Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, Canada

Wed. 4/22- Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California

Fri. 4/24- House of Blues in San Diego, California

Sat. 4/25- The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California

Sun. 4/26- Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona

Tue. 4/28- Jake’s Sports Bar in Lubbock, Texas

Wed. 4/29- Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas

Thu. 4/30- Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Fri. 5/1- Pop’s in Sauget, Illinois

Sun. 5/3- Epicenter Festival in Concord, North Carolina

Tue. 5/5- House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana

Wed. 5/6- The Mill & Mine in Knoxville, Tennessee

Fri. 5/8- Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, Florida

Sat. 5/9- The Orpheum in Tampa, Florida

Sun. 5/10- The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Tue. 5/12- Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland

Wed. 5/13- The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia

Thu. 5/14- Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Sat. 5/16- The Paramount in Huntington, New York

Mon. 5/18- State Theatre in Portland, Maine

Tue. 5/19- Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wed. 5/20- Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thu. 5/21- Egyptian Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana

Fri. 5/22- Apollo Theatre A.C. in Belvidere, Illinois

Sat. 5/23- The Rave/Eagles Club Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sat. 5/30- The Big Pineapple in Woombye, Australia

For tickets and further information, click here

Fans can find The Amity Affliction at the following locations:

www.facebook.com/theamityafflictionofficial

www.theamityaffliction.net

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