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  • Lord Lucan

    I’m not familiar with this band (probably for the best by the sounds of things) but the embedded track sounds like a half-arsed attempt to emulate Deafheaven.

    • El_Cuervo

      They (and their sound) actually predate Deafheaven. So it isn’t emulation but it’s still less than inspiring here.

      • Soze

        Yeah , this band are a couple years older than Deafhaven. I remember really liking their debut but have lost track of them since.

        • El_Cuervo

          Ye they definitely have worthwhile stuff in their discography. But there’s too much of the same.

        • tomasjacobi

          “Lost” was great, but I haven’t really connected with anything since that one.

      • Lord Lucan

        In that case, kudos to Deafheaven for salvaging something here.

        • El_Cuervo

          I actually prefer some of AAfCC’s stuff to Deafheaven. But this isn’t a good example and there’s too much of the same.

          • Lord Lucan

            I really enjoy blackgaze when it’s done well so I’ll have to check out some of AAfCC’s early material.

          • Feytalist

            Definitely do so. Try Not to Destroy Everything You Love is a great example if you’re into blackgaze at all.

          • Matthew

            They have some really good songs/releases. Their song ‘Yes I Know…Love and Death…Always’ is one that I really love.

        • Reese Burns

          The Ocean Only Knows is pretty great, you might like it.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Most pretentious band name ever?

    • AlphaBetaFoxface

      alongside Wolves In The Throne Room, The Devil Wears Prada, Between The Buried And Me, Bring Me The Horizon, and Please Stop At Three Words Asshole

      • Diego Molero

        At least Wolves in the Throne Room is actually good.

        • AlphaBetaFoxface

          I mean, by that logic you think Celestite is a good record. AAfCC’s last release was good, and the two before that were great. Neither band’s latest releases are really all that good.

          • Diego Molero

            Sorry, I expressed myself in the wrong way. I meant their name. Although I do think is the best band among those you named, but that’s just my opinion of course.

          • AlphaBetaFoxface

            Oh lol, I generally find band names longer than three words to be pushing it. I’d say Wolves’s name is just as bad imo, haha. Yea, Wolves are the strongest band listed

          • El_Cuervo

            I strongly object to the notion that Celestite is not good. It’s awesome.

          • Damn straight. Can’t stop playing that damn record!

        • The Unicorn

          That ambient album they did lost me. Aside from that, they rip.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Wolves is a good name…

    • Oscar Albretsen

      Agreed. Are the prophits from album sales going to the Red Cross?

    • The Unicorn

      CRIPPLED CHILDREN DO NOT DESERVE WINTER!!!

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Needs more unicorns.

    This album is so devoid of anything interesting that listening to it induces sensory deprivation.

    • And you hallucinate…penicorns?

      • André Snyde Lopes

        If it had that effect, I would enjoy this album a lot more.

  • Feytalist

    So, yeah… I mostly disagree. While I also think that their work is a bit same-y, I think they’re onto a good thing, and I’m fine with them sticking to it.

    This album is more airy than their previous ones, and the music is actually pretty uplifting, which I really really like. I’ll add that I didn’t like The Long Goodbye as much (it was definitely a step down from Try Not To Destroy…, but this one is more of what I like.

    Not everything needs to evolve and change all the time. I’m fine with AAfCC staying just as they are.

    • El_Cuervo

      No, not everything does. But these guys bore me now which says to me that they need to change in order to retain my interest. I am but one person but I won’t be bothering anymore unless they change.

      • Thatguy

        I agree with this, and your review in general. I enjoyed a few of their previous releases but this one lacks something.

  • Wow, this is bad.

    Is there every a threshold within the AMG office where an album is so bad, its not even worth reviewing?

    • As a general rule no, but sometimes we bail on a review when we realize a band doesn’t really qualify as “metal” or likely wouldn’t appeal to the average AMG reader.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        I really like that answer since it implies that “not Metal” equals bad. ;)

        • Reese Burns

          Becuz it doez. No blazt beatz, not muzic!

      • Adjudant

        Like this album?

    • Fuinha

      Such a shame, their first four albums are really good but I have to agree that this is REALLY boring

  • Noctus

    Been a fan of this band’s earlier work (see album 1 and 3, to some extent 4) but I’ve not been able to get into much since. Couldn’t get into this album, either.