Lo-Fi Versions Of Knocked Loose, The Amity Affliction, Counterparts, Etc. Songs Featured On New Pure Noise Records Compilation

Pure Noise Records have recruited Mik and Less Gravity to create lo-fi versions of songs from artists on their roster. The compilation, which can be streamed below, features tracks by Knocked Loose, The Amity Affliction, Counterparts, The Story So Far, Hawthorne Heights, and more.

[via The PRP]

The Amity Affliction Have “Two New Songs En Route”

The Amity Affliction are working on a couple of new songs. The band tweeted the following about that:

The Amity Affliction Announce Australian Tour

The Amity Affliction have announced an Australian tour with WAAX, Void Of Vision, and Nerve Damage. Here’s the dates:

07/01 Sydney, AUS – Roundhouse
07/03 Brisbane, AUS – Eatons Hill Hotel
07/08 Melbourne, AUS – The Forum
07/09 Adelaide, AUS – Thebarton Theatre
07/10 Perth, AUS – Metro City

Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2020

I have put together a list of my top 15 albums of 2020. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

15. AC/DC – “Power Up”

“Power Up” has everything one would expect from an AC/DC album. The record contains nothing but the kind of high octane rock and roll that the legendary group are known for. Some highlights from this one include “Demon Fire,” “Through The Mists Of Time,” and “Kick You When You’re Down.”

14. The Amity Affliction – “Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them”

“Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them” finds The Amity Affliction returning to their heavier roots. The effort still has its poppier elements, but it is much closer to the sound that fans want to hear from the band. Some highlights from this one include “All My Friends Are Dead,” “Soak Me In Bleach,” and “Baltimore Rain.”

13. Deftones – “Ohms”

Deftones’ latest album “Ohms” contains some of their best material to date. The record features heavy and cathartic tracks that are on display within a soundscape that seems to draw on all of the band’s influences. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “This Link Is Dead,” and “The Spell Of Mathematics.”

12. Killer Be Killed – “Reluctant Hero”

Ever since Killer Be Killed (Mastodon, Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) entered the scene with their self-titled album in 2014, fans have be clamoring for more music and they finally got it in the form of “Reluctant Hero.” The effort took the sound that worked on their first record and refined it to create something that managed to exceed everyone’s expectations. Highlights from this one include “From A Crowded Wound,” “Left Of Center,” and “Dead Limbs.”

11. The Bombpops – “Death In Venice Beach”

If you’re a fan of pop punk, then The Bombpops’ “Death In Venice Beach” is a must have. The album is chock full of contagious, high energy music that is topped off with dark lyrical content. Some highlights from this one include “Double Arrows Down,” “Blood Pact,” and “Zero Remorse.”

10. Green Day – “Father Of All Motherfuckers”

Green Day’s “Father Of All Motherfuckers” is different than what fans might have expected from the band, but in retrospect it ended being the kind of carefree album everyone needed in a year like 2020. The music is extremely catchy with an old-school rock vibe that just makes you want to move and sing along. Some highlights from this one include “Oh Yeah!,” “Stab You In The Heart,” and “Fire, Ready, Aim.”

09. Seether – “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” is Seether at their best. The record is heavy and anthemic with the kind of amazing lyrics that one would expect from the band. Some highlights from this one include “Beg,” “Bruised and Bloodied,” and “Buried In the Sand.”

08. Ozzy Osbourne – “Ordinary Man”

Ozzy Osbourne had to overcame numerous health issues to release his latest album “Ordinary Man,” but the Prince Of Darkness pulled it off and proved that he is as great as ever. The record maintains the classic feel of the frontman’s previous work while adding a more modern flair that’s bolstered by a star-studded cast of musicians. Highlights from this one include “Under The Graveyard,” “Scary Little Green Men,” and “Straight To Hell.”

07. Code Orange – “Underneath”

Code Orange are continuing to make waves in the metal community with their latest album “Underneath.” The effort builds on the success of “Forever” with industrial and electronic infused hardcore that keeps you mesmerized as you head down a chaotic, horror tinged path. Some highlights from this one include “Swallowing The Rabbit Whole,” “Sulfur Surrounding,” and “Last Ones Left.”

06. The Black Dahlia Murder – “Verminous”

The Black Dahlia Murder never disappoint and “Verminous” is no exception. The album is nothing but brutal, contagious, melodic death metal that you can’t help but blast at ear shattering volumes. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “Sunless Empire,” and “The Wereworm’s Feast.”

05. Poppy – “I Disagree”

With “I Disagree”, Poppy moved even further away from bubblegum pop into the metal territory. The diverse album combines elements of industrial and nu metal with elements of pop and EDM to create a post-genre record filled with compelling tracks. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “Concrete,” and “Bloodmoney.”

04. Lamb Of God – “Lamb Of God”

Lamb Of God’s self-titled album is pure, unadulterated metal from a band that have been killing it for nearly three decades. It’s full of the kind of pummeling tracks that one would expect from the group and it is definitely worthy of the name “Lamb Of God.” Some highlights from this one include “Reality Bath,” “Resurrection Man,” and “On The Hook.”

03. Trivium – “What The Dead Men Say”

Trivium’s “What The Dead Men Say” feels like a culmination of all their past work and it shows why the band continue stay on top of the metal world. The effort is full of heavy tracks with big choruses that keep you rocking the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include “Catastrophist,” “Bleed Into Me,” and “Scattering The Ashes.”

02. Bring Me The Horizon – “Post Human: Survival Horror”

Bring Me The Horizon’s latest release “Post Human: Survival Horror” finds the band returning to heavier music, while still continuing to evolve. The record is infectious from beginning to end and the collaborations with Amy Lee (Evanescence), BABYMETAL, Yungblud, and Nova Twins make it even better. Some highlights from this one include “Kingslayer,” “Teardrops,” and “Obey.”

01. Corey Taylor – “CMFT”

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor officially stepped out on his own this year with the release of “CMFT.” The album has a fun party vibe and it runs the gamut from rock to country to punk to hip-hop, making it so there’s a little something for everyone. Some highlights from this one include “HWY 666,” “Culture Head,” and “CMFT Must Be Stopped.”

The Amity Affliction Release New Songs “Midnight Train” & “Don’t Wade In The Water”

The Amity Affliction have released two new songs, “Midnight Train” and “Don’t Wade In The Water.“ These tracks are b-sides from the band’s latest album “Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them.“

Joel Birch commented:

“‘Midnight Train‘ came about from Ahren just singing ‘midnight train’ in amongst some other garbage when he did the scratch track for me to get an idea of how he wanted to sing the chorus. We wrote the entire song around those two words, which wasn’t actually hard because there was some context to it. It follows an arc of my relationship with my wife, ending where we are today. We’ve known each other for 25 years and the song covers some key moments for both of us.

As for ‘Don’t Wade In The Water‘, It’s a song about my mother and father and the role the church had in separating them, and then the role that the church and religion played in my later life. Obviously, it is a play on the old hymn sung by Ella Jenkins, which is a beautiful, beautiful song. I wanted to contrast that with my own personal experience, which was disenfranchising to say the least.

There is a conversation happening within the song between my mother and father which is tumultuous and emotional, with two opposing sides with two opposing ways of viewing the world, and I really feel like it was captured well with the music. Ultimately, it didn’t make the cut, but I honestly like this song as much as all the songs that made it to the record.”

Sleeping With Sirens & The Amity Affliction Postpone Co-Headlining Tour

Sleeping With Sirens, The Amity Affliction, Stray From The Path and Unity TX have postponed their tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sleeping With Sirens commented:

“This may not come as a surprise, but we have to announce that we are rescheduling our upcoming tour with The Amity Affliction, Stray From The Path and UnityTX. The health and safety of everyone who attends our shows is of the utmost importance to us, and it is not possible to play these shows as scheduled, in order to follow the current social distancing guidelines. This all may seem obvious, but we will really look forward to getting back out there and seeing you all. We will announce new dates as soon as we can, and all previously purchased tickets and VIP WILL be honored for any and all rescheduled shows. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates and please practice the necessary precautions to keep you, your loved ones and our communities safe.”

The Amity Affliction Premiere “Forever” Music Video

The Amity Affliction have premiered a new video for their new song “Forever.” This track is from the band’s new album “Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them,” which will be released tomorrow (February 21). Vocalist Joel Birch said the following:

“‘Forever’ is a song about the dueling internal narrative while in the depths of a depressive episode. On the one hand, love and support, on the other hand, thoughts of suicide, while also grappling with the follow on effect it would have. I made a promise to myself to make it to my son’s eighteenth birthday when he was three, and I intend to keep it. Hopefully by then I will have figured out how to properly cope with what is likely a lifelong battle with Bipolar II.”

The Amity Affliction Premiere New Song “Catatonia”

The Amity Affliction have premiered a new song titled “Catatonia.” This track is from the band’s new album “Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them,” which will be released on February 21.

Ahren Stringer commented:

“If you listen carefully, you’ll hear this is a sister track to ‘All My Friends Are Dead‘. We wrote it to bookend the album and keep it heavy fuckin’ metal. Lyrically, I think it ties the whole theme of the album together and wraps up what Joel [Birch] is trying to get across. Even though everything might seem perfect from the outside, sometimes being broken on the inside can never truly be fixed.”

In other news, the group have also booked some headlining shows with Stray From The Path and UnityTX around their tour with Sleeping With Sirens:

04/28 Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Bar
05/09 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
05/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/12 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
05/19 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts

[via Loudwire]

Sleeping With Sirens & The Amity Affliction Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Sleeping With Sirens and The Amity Affliction have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Stray From The Path and Unity TX will open.

Tour Dates:

04/15 Reno, NV – Cargo
04/17 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
04/18 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
04/19 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
04/20 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
04/24 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
04/25 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
04/26 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
04/29 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
04/30 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/01 St Louis, MO – Pop’s
05/03 Concord, NC – Epicenter Festival
05/05 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
05/06 Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine
05/08 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
05/10 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville (no The Amity Affliction)
05/13 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
05/15 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple (no The Amity Affliction)
05/16 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/18 Portland, ME – State Theatre
05/20 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/21 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
05/22 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre (no Stray From The Path)
05/23 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave (no Stray From The Path)