Amity Cover Art 'Causing Issues'

8 June 2012 | 2:33 pm | Dan Condon

The cover art for the new album from Brisbane's The Amity Affliction has caused the band issues with the government.

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Brisbane metalcore act The Amity Afflcition raised eyebrows this morning as they unveiled the cover art for their third album Chasing Ghosts, set to be released in September. The front cover depicts the limp lower half of a man's body, raised off the ground, while to the right of the shot stands a tree. While no rope can be spied in the shot, it's a rather confronting image.

The band refused to comment to this afternoon, but a representative from the band's label, Roadrunner Records, said that over the coming weeks people will understand the image more, particularly its importance in relation to the album, as more details are released.

Yesterday the band tweeted that they were having problems with the government regarding the album's cover art. It is not known whether what was released today was an edited version of the intended cover art or not.

Responses on the band's own Facebook page this morning were overwhelmingly positive with a small percentage of their fans speaking out against the image. Though, conversely, few vocally supported the band for taking a stance with regards to the issue of suicide as well.

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What do you think? Has the band gone too far? Or is it much ado about nothing?