Nu metal is alive! Or at least the good bits, thanks to these guys
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!”
BREAKING POINT IS DUE OUT JANUARY 11 VIA HOPELESS
afterlife: breathing new life into nu metal