The Amity Affliction - This Could Be Heartbreak

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This Could Be Heartbreak is the fifth studio album by Australian metalcore band The Amity Affliction, released in August 2016 by Roadrunner Records.

The Amity Affliction formed in 2003. The band's current line-up consists of Ahren Stringer (vocals, bass guitar), Joel Birch (vocals), Ryan Burt (drums, percussion), Kyle Yocum (guitar) and Dan Brown (guitar). The Amity Affliction are known for their highly personal songs, often dealing with depression, anxiety and suicide, many lyrics stemming from vocalist Joel Birch's past struggles.

It is the first album without guitarist and founding member Troy Brady, following his departure in 2014.

At the end of 2015, The Amity Affliction embarked on a tour that saw them play to crowds reaching 20,000-strong. The album that made it happen was Let The Ocean Take Me – a refinement of everything the Gympie crew spent 11 years chiseling out; a breathless emotional rollercoaster pillared on wall-to-wall bangers It made Amity a household name the world over, and now, This Could Be Heartbreak looks to power that celebratory climb even further.

Where its predecessor revelled in bright, clear-cut pop-mosh potency, This Could Be Heartbreak strikes from a darker angle. Its melancholy burns fervent in the wake of the slither of gory optimism that Ocean boiled under its skin, but there are cuts that do flash back to the Amity days of yore – “Fight My Regret”, “Note To Self” and the title track.

Paired with a chorus that harkens back to the Youngbloods era, “Some Friends” chugs on with perhaps the best rhythm lead in Amity history. “All Fucked Up” stands out as the LP’s left-of-field centrepiece: a squishy, dulcet faux-acoustic jam that sees clean vocalist (and bassist) Ahren Stringer truly shine. Met in equal measure with a key-led windup channelling Birch’s inner emo kid on “Tearing Me Apart”, the record makes way for each member to have their ‘moment’.

Heartbreak isn’t a bad album it’s just taken people by surprise as a seeming step back to melancholy which given the title, the cover and the band’s history really shouldn’t be a surprise. This is set to be the group's last album to feature lyrics about depression and anxiety; as described in Rolling Stone magazine, their next album will focus more on a narrative. It’ll be interesting to see where Amity go from here.

Check out the tracks: I Bring The Weather With Me; This Could Be Heartbreak; and All Fucked Up.

This LP on limited sea foam green coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve is pressed in Australia.

(0016861747893)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

I Bring The Weather With Me

4:36

A2

This Could Be Heartbreak

3:53

A3

Nightmare

3:47

A4

Tearing Me Apart

3:47

A5

O.M.G.I.M.Y.

4:51

A6

All Fucked Up

3:49

B1

Fight My Regret

3:37

B2

Some Friends

3:34

B3

Wishbone

3:45

B4

Note To Self

3:53

B5

Blood In My Mouth

5:15

SKU 0016861747893
Record Label Roadrunner Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 1686174789
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 12 August 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 12 August 2016
Barcode # 0016861747893
Shipping Weight 0.3350kg
Shipping Width 0.007m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000690000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Sea Foam Green Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Green
Genre Hard Rock / Metal
Genre Metalcore
Genre Rock
Format VINYL LP

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