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AFR / Press

“If it weren't for the musical mastery of bands like AFR, this type of uber-metal would be in danger of being marginalized and left in the decade it came from, like a lot of bands that litter the nu-metal highway. How heavy can a band get before it succumbs, crushed by its own weight? So far, this Rochester young (born in 2012) band hasn't had to answer that question as it bobs and weaves like a prize-fighter lean and mean. Psychopath of Righteousness is an EP of epic proportions with everything taken to the edge but not over. Frankly, I could have used a couple more tracks. AFR represents everything that keeps metal fresh while still keeping it rooted in its history. The vocals are harrowing, the guitars seething, and the drums an audible blur of hands and feet. It'll fire you up, and it will wear you out.”

“Its hard to describe AFR as anything else but pure American Metal. There songs are filled with fast heavy chords, seemingly impossible guitar solos and a singer that can be both melodic and guttural. The band is working on releasing their debut EP, and I was able to catch up with them at their practice spot for a quick interview: How did the band get started? Edwin: I had been in other bands that have continuously imploded. Alan had another band and wanted to do a side project. When both of our bands bit the dust we kept playing AFR together. We found Brandon on craigslist, and I didn’t know Chandler could play bass until she started jamming with us. What kind of bands did you playing before? Edwin: First it was rock reggae, and then I played in a prog rock band, now AFR is its own sound. Alan: This band has its own sound to it. People call it hardcore, but the music and singing changes so much it is very hard to categorize it. I have been in bands for twenty years now and it is”

“There’s a rumbling coming from Western New York as of late; or so it seems from the perspective of the editor’s desk here at Upstate Metal, as we’ve had our eyes forcibly opened ala Clockwork Orange to the music scene out of Rochester, New York. The epicenter is discernablly originated from underneath whichever stage AFR plays. The heavy metal group phones out from the 585 Area Code, and in the short time since they formed in April of 2012, they’ve fostered a following with an enormous fan base – geographically speaking. AFR comes off as an eclectic sounding band, listing a broad focus of infuences that range from Dream Theatre to Lamb of God. Signed by Buffalo’s Dead Trash Mob records, the boys like to describe their sound as, “if Pantera and Lamb Of God had a baby.” Upstate Metal recently had the opportunity of communicating with the band’s bassist, Todd Church. Church is the neophyte of the band, stepping on board with AFR last October. As with many local rocke”

“I usually cringe when I hear a local band has released a new metal album. I can’t help it, with the amount of hardcore and metal bands in this city the quality of the music varies tremendously. AFR is the exception that proves the rule, when I heard they were releasing their first album; I couldn’t wait to hear what they had to offer. AFR’s premiere EP “[A] Hero to Villains” is exactly what I hope for when I listen to a metal. They have a mixture of influences ranging from Death Metal to Jazz which translates into a sound that can only be described as Prog Metal. Their bassist, Chandler, studied music theory and plays the Gamelan (Indonesian percussion) for Christ sake. If that doesn’t scream that the band isn’t looking to get pigeon holed into a specific genre I don’t know what does. All that being said, AFR still shreds. The music is fast, heavy, and loud. Ledwing shreds on guitar and has some amazing solos throughout the .....”

“I saw one band last weekend that will make it, and in fact did. I was there the moment it happened. AFR -- with members from the uber-frenetic metal-esque Safety Off -- was thrown on to a multi-band bill at the last minute Saturday night. By the time the band was set to go on, Montage Music Hall was a ghost town. The soundman gave the band permission to opt out. But AFR held fast and delivered an energetic set as if the place was choked with bodies. And AFR loves its music. The band plays metal core of sorts, with a dynamic trade-off between heavy riffing and everyone joining in on the thunderous one. The vocals are stock scream/roar. And though it's a lonely cry when unleashed in an empty room, it's the best sound.....”