The Amity Affliction

Album Reviews

[ALBUM REVIEW] AARON KEYLOCK: Cut Against The Grain

You often hear the gripe these days “nobody is doing good old fashioned rock and roll anymore.” Well, gripe no more because somebody is back to making rock the way it was intended to be… and what might surprise you is the guy that is doing it is just 16 …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] A BREACH OF SILENCE: Secrets

With two well-received albums in their back catalogue many bands would decide to rest on their laurels and just churn out more of the same… not Australian band A Breach Of Silence who seem to reach new, dizzy heights on their brand new album Secrets. This is an album that …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] DEATHLESS LEGACY: Dance With Devils

In Italy, back in 2006, five friends who loved Italian metal band Death SS formed a tribute band to them called Deathless. After seven years of this, they decided to begin writing their own music. Deathless became Deathless Legacy. The next year, the band released their debut album, Rise From …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] DOCTOR LIVINGSTONE: Triumphus Haeretici

Natives of Montpellier, Southern France, Doctor Livingstone know how to burst one’s eardrum keeping the avid listener coming back for more. A follow-up to Contemptus Saeculi (2014), a violent cocktail of extreme metal and hardcore was exactly what the doctor ordered. Avoiding what many bands do by having a sixteen minute …

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[EP REVIEW] MEMORIAM: The Hellfire Demo’s

For a two track demo, this long-awaited debut of Memoriam featuring Bolt Thrower frontman Karl Willetts, is pretty damn impressive. Memoriam is clearly and undeniably Willetts. His voice is so recognisable to those of us who have grown up loving the former glory of Bolt Thrower and their existence. As we …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] HADAL MAW – Olm

Reviewing very good albums is tricky because you don’t just want to say “this album is very good.” Conversely, you don’t have what any critique you make to unintentionally leave readers with the impression that the very good album isn’t very good at all. The other thing about very good …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] SOEN: LYKAIA

Third offering for Swedish progressive metallers Soen sees maturity grow more with each release. Coming a long way since the debut, Cognitive (2012), forming their own sound steering clear of being tagged as another Tool clone. Sure there are similarities with both Tool and Opeth however, Soen has a lot of originality on …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Blunt Shovel: Get in the Ground

The mighty King Parrot immortalised the phrase ‘THE STENCH OF HARDCORE PUB THRASH’ on a tee shirt and now that term is being made incarnate by the mighty Blunt Shovel. Holy fucking shitballs they just delivered an album that just reeks of heavy, straight up ‘Get Fucked’ riffage! I’d seen …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] PRIMAL ATTACK: Heartless Oppressor

Portuguese groove/thrash metal band Primal Attack return with their second full length, four years after their debut. This one is called Heartless Oppressor. Heartless Oppressor starts with Red Silence. A fast, aggressive, in-your-face, track with screaming vocals from “Pica” and slamming guitars from Miguel Tereso and Tiago Camara. It’s a …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] JACKIE D: The J Spot

From the time I requested to review the new album by Jackie D (titled The J Spot) to the time I got to the review, I’d forgotten what type of music they were. Upon seeing the name, for some reason, I thought they’d be a punk band. I guess I …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] KREATOR: Gods Of Violence

Kreator has been quiet for quite some time, their last album being released five years ago. Kreator is also quite an old band, having spawned when many of their current fan base were either crawling or not yet conceived. Many bands in this position fade into obscurity with a few …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] BLACK STAR RIDERS: Heavy Fire

When you work as a music reviewer, it is no secret that you get to hear a few albums that you kind of like, there are also a lot of ho-hum rock albums that you listen to once simply to review, and then you never listen to again. Once in …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] AVERSIONS CROWN: Xenocide

Well, fuck me if 2017 isn’t going to be the year for extreme Aussie music. Abramelin reforming, writing new material and touring (SO FUCKING GOOD!) as did Superheist. CJ has (thank god) announced he is returning to the microphone for The Art is Murder Blunt Shovel are about to wreak …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] CAROUSEL KINGS: Charm City

It’s hard to believe a pop punk (or “easycore” according to Wikipedia) band could be inspired by metal but that’s exactly the case with Pennsylvanian rockers Carousel Kings. Inspired by the likes of August Burns Red and Texas In July who are both from the same small town in Pennsylvania …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] ICE ON MERCURY: Blind Leading The Lifeless

Adelaide band Ice On Mercury is one of those exciting bands that you must have in your ‘can’t wait to see what they do next’ pile. Their last EP was an absolute gem… the kind of EP that you just have to have in your collection. Now along comes their …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] BETRAYING THE MARTYRS: The Resilient

French deathcore/metalcore six-piece Betraying The Martyrs are back with album number three. The Resilient is the first to feature new drummer Boris Le Gal who joined the band last year. The album starts with Lost For Words. The track starts with heavy guitars and blasting drums music before frontman Aaron …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] HADAL MAW: Olm

Hadal Maw has been something of a darling of Australia’s death metal scene since releasing debut album Senium in 2014. That record fell narrowly short of greatness, but the band’s discordant, atmospheric soundscapes in the style of Gorguts garnered them attention in all the right places. Three years have passed, and …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] NABERUS: The Lost Reveries

First of all, when weighing an album’s merits there’s a very important question I pose, “Can this get me pumped up while playing video games?”. Yes, yes it can. That’s an automatic 3+ at least. When I first listened to this album my first thought was “These guys play like …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] THE BOTTOM LINE: I Still Hate You EP

London pop-punkers The Bottom Line have put out their new EP; “I Still Hate You”. The record starts with Pull Me Out. A definite throwback to the late nineties, early 2000’s of pop-punk where bands like Blink 182 and Sum 41 were at their best. Fast drumming, quick-fire lyrics. It’s …

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[ALBUM REVIEW] FALL OF CARTHAGE: The Longed For Reckoning

German trio Fall of Carthage returns with their second album, the follow-up to 2014’s “Behold. The Longed For Reckoning” starts with Fast Forward. An aggressive, thrashy, Machine Head sounding opening number which is sure to draw your attention in. Frontman Sascha Aßbach‘s groove metal type vocals suit the heavy music …

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