REVIEW: "Breaking Point" By AFTERLIFE (Nu-Metal)
Nu-Metal/Hopeless Records/Released Jan 11th, 2019
Afterlife is one of the latest bands in the growing nu-metal revival trend with new album Breaking Point being their full length debut. The band hits many of the style’s trademarks; mixing together bouncy rhythms, rapping, screaming, and melodic choruses. Along with some electronic/industrial elements. The songs are competent enough with the energy remaining high at all times with loud distorted guitars driving each track. Tyler Levenson’s sing, scream, rap mixture gets the job done and, despite some cliche angst in the lyricism, doesn’t get too cringe.
The biggest issue is that the band wears their influences on their sleeve. And bring little new to what the original leaders of the genre already accomplished. Even compared to their modern contemporaries, they aren’t as catchy as DED, not as artsy as King 810, and don’t match the songwriting strength of Cane Hill. But if you’re feeling nostalgic for the era of spiky hair and JNCO Jeans or are a youngin’ who’s yet to discover early Linkin Park and Papa Roach, you may find something to like with Afterlife. Breaking Point isn’t a poor record. But everything the band is doing has already been done better many times over.