These days standing out amongst your peers in the world of music is excruciatingly difficult, if not at times seemingly impossible. No matter the processes you take, the time you utilize to focus all of your attention to even the most miniscule of details never seem to be enough. But maybe ‘standing out’ isn’t actually the point. Perhaps stressing yourself over how to be different, or even if that’s possible is in the end all but utterly unnecessary. Maybe what you should be focused on is just creating the most original you, whatever that means. If that’s taking inspirations from other bands you absolutely love and that help to incite that creative drive, then do it. If it’s locking yourself in a room of silence, and seeing what the lack of sound manifests then that’s alright too. Whatever the process what matters in the end is you’ve created something wholly original to you, and that will show to the listeners. That in a sense is presumably what The Afterimage has done with their debut full length, Eve. Elements of different genres and bands can be heard throughout, even if none were specifically the intended inspiration, but all together they build to create one of the most diverse and intricate albums in any core scene in years.
“Cerulean” was the first indicator of what was to come with Eve. Heavy and impactful all at once, commanding the listeners attention. Kyle Anderson screaming ‘His arms offer no…’ with guttural intensity just before the first sounds of instruments slam through your speakers in unison with the lyrics being continued ‘comfort!’. The intensity with which they come in pair perfectly with Anderson’s initial words, causing a sort of discomfort which is conveyed perfectly with the instrumentals. The song combines all that is great in the world of core. You have moments that are the absolute definition of onomatopoeia through djent, aspects which are straight up heavier than heavy metalcore, yet throughout it maintains a perfectly signature sound of progressive. Although the chorus felt a touch lackluster in comparison to all of the abundance of creativity throughout the rest of the track, this was a perfect introduction to what Eve was going to be.
THE AFTERIMAGE – “Cerulean” from the full-length album “Eve” available worldwide now via Tragic Hero Records.
“Amethyst” in both title and sound could have fit perfectly on Erra‘s album Drift. The song has an almost airy, atmospheric tone that if you were to shut your eyes you see a connection between what your hearing and the nature from which an amethyst could be obtained from. An odd comparison for sure, but that’s the beauty of music at times that it can take you to a place far from where you’re currently situated. Not so strange when you think of what an amethyst is linked with. Some believe it is connected to the element of wind and that it has the ability to help calm and centre ones being. A connection seemingly made in the lyrics with wanting to truly help and be there for someone that you care for almost above anyone else. The song, much like wind, has its ups and downs when referring to its flow. It has calmer moments portrayed through clean and softer instrumentals (a breeze), and its heavier and quicker paced playing (a strong wind). The song also features Kennedy LaPenna. Her part in the song adds a perfect harmonious beauty that absolutely counterpoints Anderson’s harsher (angrier sounding, if you will) screams. The final chorus has both Anderson and LaPenna singing a duet which is an absolute stellar way to end out a more than stellar track.
“Floodgates” begins with an intro that is almost reminicent of a (no one in particular) Dance Gavin Dance track with its intricate fingering of clean notes on the guitar, which then with ever growing drumming kick into the initial verse of distorted yet beautiful sounding guitars and bass to accentuate each and every moment. Anderson is in true magnificent form, seemingly expanding and contracting his vocal chords to find that perfect depth to each and every scream. The chorus on “Floodgates” has Anderson possibly sounding his best on almost the entire album, perhaps if only because of the perfectly paired sounds of the instruments and electronic sample that are played along side. The song has such an incredible feel throughout, it’s almost as if the title is a metaphor for what you’re about to experience. This song perhaps more than most feels as if The Afterimage truly matched the overall theme and emotion of the song to the title itself. Case in point being the outro of the track. The brutal and fierce way everything is played and screamed feels much like what one would assume the destruction after a treacherous flood might be like.
One of the biggest standout tracks on an album full of absolutely amazing songs has to be “Violator”. This is perfect for more than one reason, but one of which being you always want the final song of any album to be one of the strongest overall. Every single instrument is pushed to its most farthest of boundaries, and then smashed through to oblivion. One could almost marvel in the sheer talent it must take to be able to do what the band has done. Kyle Anderson has once again showed us that if there were ever a thought or notion that he can’t do something with his voice in both screamed and clean vocals, you better think again. The sounds and levels he is able to hit could almost be considered otherworldly at times. The song is heavy yet has a surreal and ethereal feel to it. As if played loud enough could smash through an entire wall, yet lay the pieces down gently at the same time. This song epitomizes the incredible talent this band has, and should help to solidify them as a force to be reckoned with.
Originality is a word that can be both subjective and objective. In actuality it is all personal perception in the end. The definition of originality is this; 1. the ability to think independently and creatively. 2. the quality of being novel or unusual. Those definitions in themselves beg for personal opinion. What originality can really mean, especially in the world of music, is creating something completely personal and what you view as being created solely based on your own thoughts, emotions, and applications then hoping the rest of the world can see it for what it is as well. Through listening to Eve it’s very apparent that while the band very well could have used influences from other bands and genres, what they’ve created in the end is entirely theirs. The album is absolutely no lack of creativity and the emotion oozing throughout is so huge that you can almost taste it. The Afterimage have absolutely taken everything they’ve always been so incredible at and then kicked it up in a massive way. This album will truly put this band on the map. Eve is the beginning of a whole new world for both The Afterimage and their fans.