Nu metal is alive! Or at least the good bits, thanks to these guys

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise Round-up - WORDS: ALI COOPER

Drag­ging Nu METAL kick­ing and scream­ing into 2018 is no mean feat, but for Florid­ian up­starts Af­ter­life, the re­birth of a genre is a walk in the Linkin Park.

“I was born right at the be­gin­ning of nu metal,” says front­man Tyler Leven­son. “I love the nos­tal­gic feel­ing with it that we’re try­ing to bring back. Hy­brid The­ory is one of the great­est records ever; it just came out of nowhere! I wish more kids took what they grew up on and pro­jected that into their mu­sic.”

The band’s de­but al­bum, Break­ing Point, ex­plores nu metal’s ex­tremes, from raw an­guish to blind fury. Split­ting the al­bum neatly be­tween pro­duc­ers Zach Jones and Zakk Cervini (ex-Beartooth), the record is tes­ta­ment to tak­ing huge risks.

“Break­ing Point was the most fun I have ever had writ­ing a record. We wanted the most en­com­pass­ing sound, and for ev­ery song to have the im­pact of a sin­gle. We were ap­pre­hen­sive at first but both pro­duc­ers were on the same page so it be­came a solid, co­he­sive al­bum.”

Sup­port for the metal mor­tals has reached fever pitch on both sides of the pond, with lead sin­gle Throat hit­ting the Ra­dio 1 Rock Show and their live US shows high in de­mand from day one.

“Our first ever show sold out,” Tyler ex­claims. “We played our home­town with our friends’ bands and it was the best feel­ing to see the sup­port from our peers.”

Af­ter­life have fallen on their feet since their in­cep­tion in 2015, cur­rently sup­port­ing Cane Hill on a 38-date tour across the States and nail­ing a deal with one of the US’s big­gest rock la­bels.

“This is my first band, so I’m very thank­ful I didn’t have to go through the wringer,” adds Tyler. “It’s taken a lot of hard work and only eight months af­ter we an­nounced the band, we were in talks to sign with Hope­less!”


af­ter­life: breath­ing new life into nu metal

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