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Afterlife Kids

Morgengrauen

Year Released: 2013
Format: LP
Label: Adagio830 - Vendetta
 
Reviewed by Gareth L on Oct 10, 2013
Question: How could I say no to an LP by a German 'mosh/emo terror' band? Answer: I couldn't.

Metallic screamo, or the 'Bremen sound', are nothing new, but Afterlife Kids don't really fit neatly into either of those camps. Maybe somewhere between fellow Germanic dudes Danse Macabre and June Paik, equal parts intense and introspective, this record has it all - from quiet instrumental passages to brief noise workouts. But, the sections I would put in a trailer for this screamo action attack movie are tracks like 'In Wohlgefallen Aufgelöst', 'Du, Auf Repeat' and 'Höhenangst' (also the name of a great album by another awesome German band, Eaves). They manage to cram more ideas into two or three minutes than some post rock/emo bands do in seven or eight - perhaps because they evidently have a punk rock heart - but these songs sound massive compared to their previous recordings, really benefiting from the polished production.

If this is the afterlife, dying ain't so bad.
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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