Chasing Ghosts (album)

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Chasing Ghosts
Studio album by The Amity Affliction
Released 7 September 2012
Genre Metalcore
Length 41:22
Label UNFD, Roadrunner
Producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette
The Amity Affliction chronology
Glory Days
Chasing Ghosts
Let the Ocean Take Me
Singles from Chasing Ghosts
  1. "Chasing Ghosts"
    Released: August 10, 2012

Chasing Ghosts is the third album by the Australian metalcore band The Amity Affliction. It was released on 7 September 2012 worldwide.[1] Roadrunner Records handled the release worldwide. The theme of death and suicide is a centerpiece of the album. The album was influenced by Finch's What It Is to Burn (2002).[2] Chasing Ghosts debuted at No. 1 on the Australian albums chart with 12,911 first week sales,[3] becoming the band's first No. 1 on the chart and being one of the very few rock bands to achieve that position in Australia.[4] Chasing Ghosts was certified Gold by the ARIA for 35,000 shipments in 2013.[5] It is their only record to feature guitarist Imran Siddiqi and the first without keyboardist Trad Nathan.

The title-track and first single from Chasing Ghosts premiered on Alternative Press on July 4, 2012.[6] Commenting on the song, frontman Joel Birch stated, "I wrote Chasing Ghosts as a narrative based wholly around someone that has committed suicide and has passed onto the other side. It's a story that I hope people will see for what it is; an example in song of why you should turn to someone close and talk instead of taking that last fatal step towards death prematurely. I just want to reiterate to people that once you're gone, that's it. There's no ghosts. There's no heaven, no hell, just finality and the wreckage left behind in the wake of their decision."

Cover art[edit]

In June 2012, The Amity Affliction apologised for "vicious" statements made by the band in response to a controversy over Chasing Ghosts' cover, which shows a man hanging from a tree, presumed to be a depiction of suicide.[7] The poster art for the album tour depicted a facsimile of the album with the hanging man missing.

Track listing[edit]

Original CD[8]
No. Title Length
1. "Chasing Ghosts" 4:22
2. "Life Underground" 3:56
3. "R.I.P. Bon" 3:37
4. "Open Letter" 4:22
5. "Greens Avenue" 4:35
6. "I Heart H.C." 3:57
7. "Flowerbomb" 4:00
8. "Pabst Blue Ribbon on Ice" 4:04
9. "Geof Sux 666" 4:13
10. "Bondi St. Blues" 4:23
Total length: 41:22


The Amity Affliction
  • Michael "Elvis" Baskette – producer, engineer
  • Will Putney – mixing, mastering
  • Jef Moll – engineer, editing, loop, programming
  • Kevin Thomas – assistant engineer
  • Randy LeBouf – editing
  • Zakk Cervini – additional editing


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  • Kelham, Andrew (April 2013). Patashnik, Ben, ed. "Hall of Fame: What It Is to Burn". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (172). ISSN 1465-0185.