Australian metalcore veterans The Amity Affliction are back with their latest album “This Could Be Heartbreak.” The album has become their most successful in the US to date, peaking at number 26 on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, back home in Australia, the group is celebrating their 3rd consecutive number one album. The band’s success in their native Australia is palpable compared to their success here, however in recent years thanks to an appearance on the VANS Warped Tour and several opening slots for acts already popular in the US, The Amity Affliction have built a strong following in the states. A large contingent of fans came out to The Palladium in Worcester, MA recently, when The Amity Affliction brought their headline tour for “This Could Be Heartbreak” stateside.
Fellow Aussies Trophy Eyes kicked the show off, with a short but sweet set featuring tracks from their forthcoming album “Chemical Miracle” available October 14th, via Hopeless Records. They're high energy, summer flavored pop punk was infectious and reminiscent of bands like Knuckle Puck and Neck Deep.
American hardcore outfit Hundredth was next on the bill, providing a raucous set, that kicked off several mosh pits and a barrage of crowd surfers. Their set was as aggressive as it was anticipated due to the strong local hardcore scene in Western Massachusetts
After Hundredth’s set, was another highly anticipated, as well as emotionally charged set from Being As An Ocean, a band that was perhaps as much of a reason to come out to the show as Amity themselves. Being As An Ocean’s blend of spoken word vocals and melodic hardcore instrumentals create a unique, emotionally powerful sound. While their sound and lyrics are major strengths, it is the live performance of Being As An Ocean that truly drives home why they have developed such a passionate following.
Finally, it was time for The Amity Affliction to take the stage; between sets the house mix played several pop tracks from artists such as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift putting the audience in a loose, fun mood before flipping the script and kicking off an intense set of heavy metalcore music. While they opened with a song from the new album entitled “I Bring the Weather With Me”, much of the early portion of Amity’s set was focused on their back catalog. Songs like “Open Letter,” Lost & Fading,” and “I Hate Hartley” ignited the crowd, as almost everyone on the floor of the Palladium was moving. Circle pits, crowd surfers, and hardcore dancers stood out as the most common sights in the Palladium during the night.
Much of The Amity Afflictions material to this point in the career is built around dealing with anxiety and depression two things that hit close to home for a lot of people in the audience. As the main set drew to a close Amity worked more of their newer material into the set playing tracks such as “Some Friends” and “Fight My Regret” which were well received and blended in seamlessly with the older material, and the crowd didn’t miss a beat, moshing as enthusiastically to those songs as the old ones. For the encore, Amity played a pair of classic tracks “Pittsburgh” and “Don’t Lean on Me” before closing with “This Could Be Heartbreaking” bookending the set with songs from their latest release.
The Amity Affliction are still building up their following in the US, at home in Australia they are one of the biggest heavier acts in the country, achieving success comparable to Avenged Sevenfold in the states. But they've yet to land as strongly with fans in the US, however the way this tour is going and how this latest album was received it's only a matter of time until they evolve into metalcore giants here as well.