Review: Affiance – The Campaign

Affiance - The Campaign - Artwork

Artist: Affiance
Album: The Campaign
Rating: 4.5/5

 

Tracklist:

1. Kings Of Deceit (feat. Dustin Davidson of August Burns Red)
2. You Will Be Replaced
3. We The Machines
4. Bohemian (feat. Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire)
5. Peace Of Mind
6. Class Dismissed
7. Jericho
8. The Cynic
9. The Campaign
10. Righteous Kill (feat. Ricky Armellino of This Or The Apocalypse)
11. Threshold

Cleveland, OH’s Affiance have come back with a vengeance with the follow-up to their debut album, “No Secrets Revealed”! This album was only released 2 months ago and it’s still reigning supreme among metal fans. The unique vocal styling of Dennis Tvrdik, coupled with incredible instrumentals, blasting drumbeats and killer bass lines, makes for a spectacular journey through the senses. So sit back and hold tight, because this album will leave you all on the edge of your seats!

Key Tracks

Bohemian (ft. Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire): Affiance already have a style all their own that kicks you in the face and leaves you begging for more. Add the incredible talent of Memphis May Fire’s Matty Mullins and you have a molotov cocktail prepared to blow you away, pull you back in, and do it all over again! The first time I heard this track, I knew instantly that it would remain my favorite on the album. Listen to it yourself and figure out why!

Peace of Mind: This track is one of ┬áthe only tracks on the album that features no harsh vocals. It’s also one of the many tracks that showcases Brett Wondrak and Dominic Dickinson’s incredible guitar skills. This album is filled with solos but the one on this track is one of the best!

The Campaign: Starting out with muffled guitars and then breaking into a heartfelt verse by Dennis, who can reach some of the highest notes in metal since King Diamond (yes, I went there), this song has a bit of everything. Emotional lyrics, killer guitar licks, and screams that break the barrier of comfort. The title track showcases just where this band stands in the metal scene and why they will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this album blew me away. I wasn’t a huge fan of “No Secrets Revealed” when it was released, but “The Campaign” completely destroyed all notions I had about this band. That’s not to say that NSR was a bad album, it wasn’t by any means, just not my cup of tea. The Campaign pulls you in from the start, throws you through the windshield, then rescues you from the wreckage. I definitely recommend this album to any and all metal fans! Maybe I will turn some of you into fans, maybe some of you won’t. But the bottom line is, you have to respect a band who puts forth all their effort into being unique and one of a kind. Go pick up your copy of “The Campaign” out now on Bullet Tooth Records and see for yourself why this band will go down in history!