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Album Review: AFI – ‘AFI (The Blood Album)’

My first big assignment, AFI (The Blood Album), and I have to admit I’m a little overwhelmed. I started out with the usual research. I mean AFI formed in effing 1991! That’s 26 years of music for those too lazy to do the math. They have fans that live and die with every record, who have followed them since the beginning! Initially, I planned to do my research and try to play myself off as someone deeply versed in AFI’s music and history. But the fans, they’re rabid. They’ll see right through that. So I thought back to when I first heard AFI. And it was pretty far back; that Ice Cream Truck video (“Third Season”). I remember at the time thinking about buying their records, it was just the type of music I dug. Right there with NOFX and Bad Religion. Cali punk with quite a bit of Misfits thrown into the mix, most obviously in Davey Havok’s singing style.

Somehow I never bought that record and never became one of those rabid fans. I tried to catch up. Somewhere around 2000 I downloaded Black Sails in the Sunset and The Art of Drowning. They just didn’t stick. Now I’m a sucker for a pop song, and given that I’d always wanted to get into AFI, Sing the Sorrow definitely made it into my rotation and from then on, I followed them. I listened to their records. I marveled at Davey Havok’s fashion sense and commitment to his aesthetic. He definitely carried the torch with Marilyn Manson to pass on to Chris Motionless. I always respected that. And you can’t deny the hits: “Girl’s Not Grey,” and “Silver and Cold.” I love those tunes. “Miss Murder”? I don’t turn it off when it comes on the radio. The first time I caught them live was at Lollapalooza in 2010, and they brought it. I have to admit I’ve always rooted for them. Some of those rabid fans might have given up, called them sellouts for moving away from So-Cal punk to a more 80s new wave goth sound, but whenever a punk band breaks it big, it resonates with me and I say, “Yeah. That’s right. This is good stuff and people should latch onto it.”

Sorry, this prelude is getting long-winded. You might think I’m stalling. I’m not. It’s just that this is AFI! It’s fucking important to a lot of people. I can’t move on without mentioning Burials. When I heard “17 Crimes,” I immediately bought the album. The one thing you have to say is that AFI has evolved, but they have settled into their skins. If you held on for the ride, you have to be stoked as they are churning out some consistently great records.

AFI (The Blood Album) is no exception. If you are one of those rabid fans, I’m preaching to the choir, you’ve already bought the album. Hopefully on vinyl, of which they released four color variants: one for each blood type (A, B, AB, and O). Ok. Now for the rest of you. If you bailed on AFI because they became the standard-bearer for 80s goth synth-pop, you should probably take a pass on this album as this genre has become the band’s adopted sweetspot, and the sound resonates through about 75% of The Blood Album. Jade Puget manned the boards for this record and he does an amazing job. I’m guessing that he took some things away from working with Gil Norton (producer of Burials) because he has the 80s postpunk sound nailed down. Now don’t get me wrong. AFI can still rock, and for the most part they are a punk band as evidenced by track 9; but it seems these days that they’re more comfortable channeling Bauhaus and Joy Division with haunting synthesizers and disembodied vocals. After many listenings, I have found that each side of this record has a very distinct feel. On Side A (songs 1-7), AFI engages their darker, more somber arrangements, while Side B hearkens back to the old days with more rollicking punk jams.

“Dark Snow” opens the record, straddling the line between rock and synth-pop quite admirably and prepares the listener for what’s to come. “Still a Stranger” resonates with me as it bears the hallmark of Jade Puget’s handywork at the boards, the acoustic guitar, an interesting backbone; they abandoned synth-pop on this one for a more straight-up emo vibe. “Aurelia” and “Hidden Knives” continue with the usual AFI, dark imagery and catchy hooks. The sing along chorus of “Get Hurt” is mesmerizing…. “I can’t let you see / I can’t let you see me sleeping.” WHY NOT!?! Because you’re a damn vampire that turns into a bat!? “Above the Bridge” steps in for a Cure-like turn, then we get “So Beneath You” for the requisite AFI atheistic themes.

“Snow Cats,” the first single off the record, begins my side B. On “Dumb Kids” Davey somehow channels Leonard Graves Phillips from The Dickies as vocal inspiration, I’d put this one up with any purely punk song in the AFI oeuvre (Give me a whole record of this AFI!!) “Feed From the Floor” reminds me of everything appealing about the dark side of new wave: Bauhaus, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, amazing homage to that genre; and somehow they’ve lifted the guitar effect from Icicle Works! The album closes strong with the second single, “White Offerings,” and [another fave] “The Wind that Carries Me Away” (trust me, it will get stuck in your head).

The Quick and Dirty: When I sit down to review an album for Dying Scene, I basically force-feed myself the record until I come up with some opinions on the songs and the album itself. I have to say, having AFI (The Blood Album) on heavy rotation for a couple of weeks has been an absolute joy. At the very least it’s an extremely listenable record: great songs from front to back. It leans heavily toward the 80s Goth/postpunk sound for the most part, but there are some nuggets that hearken back to AFI’s punk rock roots. Another concept that keeps popping up in my mind as I listen to AFI (The Blood Album): that I really want to see these songs live. It’s not often that you go see a band that’s been around 26 years and you think “play the new stuff.”

4/5 Stars



AFI premiere new video for “Hidden Knives”

AFI’s newest video is for “Hidden Knives,” off their most recent album, “AFI (The Blood Album).”

You can see the new video at Alternative Press.



AFI announce tour with Circa Survive


AFI have just detailed a tour (via their twitter) in support of their recent AFI (The Blood Album) full length. The dates are a joint headline affair, with Circa Survive. The tour support is Citizen.

Full details of dates and poster are below. Tickets go on sale April 21st.



AFI release new video for “Aurelia”

AFI continue their epic promotional campaign for new album “AFI (The Blood Album) with a video for “Aurelia”. The album was released January 20th. 

You can watch the video below.



AFI stream new song “Get Hurt”

AFI have made another track from their upcoming album AFI (The Blood Album) available to stream. Check out “Get Hurt” below.

AFI (The Blood Album) is set to release on January 27th. It will be the band’s 10th studio album, serving as the follow-up to 2013’s Burials.



AFI tease new song “Feed From The Floor”

AFI have provided the world with 38 seconds of a new song, “Feed From The Floor”. The track excerpt was released via their Twitter account. The track is from their tenth studio album, “AFI (The Blood Album), out on January 27th.



Music Video: AFI – “Snow Cats”

AFI have premiered a music video for their song “Snow Cats”, taken from their upcoming album AFI (The Blood Album), and you can give it a watch here.

Due for release on January 27th, AFI (The Blood Album) will be the band’s first studio album in nearly four years, since Burials in 2013.



AFI premiere music video for song “White Offerings”

AFI have released a bombshell of a music video for a new song called “White Offerings.” By bombshell, I mean that the video is so visually stimulating you will be forced to enjoy it. We won’t say much more, just watch it and see for yourself!

Fun fact, on the topic of the album, guitarist Jade Puget said:

Originally, we wanted just have it self-titled because it’s been 10 records and AFI has never had a self-titled record. But because the album artwork has these three blood drops on the front, we just started calling it The Blood Album. So people started thinking it was the actual title, and because we didn’t want to confuse anyone, we made it official.

You can watch the video below.

Due for release on January 27th, AFI (The Blood Album) will be the band’s first studio album in nearly four years, since Burials in 2013.



AFI announce tour in support of “The Blood Album”

California punk/rock legends AFI will embark on a North American tour in January and February of next year in support of their self-titled new album, aka The Blood Album. Support on this trek will come from Nothing, The Chain Gang of 1974 and Souvenirs on selected dates, which can be found below.

Due for release on January 27th, AFI (The Blood Album) will be the band’s first studio album in nearly four years, since Burials in 2013.



AFI to release “AFI (The Blood Album)” in January

After months of rumors and teasers, California punk/rock legends AFI have just announced they will release their long-awaited tenth studio album AFI (The Blood Album) on January 20th, 2017.

The album’s track listing and two songs from it, “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings”, can be found below.

AFI (The Blood Album) will be AFI’s first studio album in nearly four years, since Burials in 2013.



AFI tease first album in three years

Last June, we reported that AFI were working on their long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Burials, but as of late, the band has been posting cryptic videos on their Instagram page since last Monday in anticipation of the record. They also released a picture with three red tears on a black-and-red background via Facebook page, and announced that they will be teasing something on Friday, October 28th, midnight eastern.

In addition to the teasers, AFI released a 43 second song called “O-“, which features the same three tears as the single art, although the tears are red on a dark background, whereas on the Instagram post, they were black on a red background. They also put the song on a playlist simply entitled “BLOOD”. You can check it out below.

When the new AFI album will be released is unknown, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.



Hunter Burgan teases future AFI shows

AFI bassist Hunter Burgan recently posted a picture on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, saying that he can’t wait to play shows again. These posts indicate that AFI may no longer be on hiatus, and could have a tour or some shows in the works.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on AFI’s future come to light. Almost a year has passed since AFI went on hiatus. Since then, the band has been showing signs of activity under the AFI name taking place this year, including working on new music for the follow-up to 2013’s Burials.



Jade Puget says AFI are working new music

In a recent interview with Agressive Tendencies, AFI guitarist Jade Puget confirmed that the band has been working on new music, but cannot give definitive details regarding release dates. You can watch the interview below.

AFI’s most recent studio albums Burials was released in 2013. The band went on hiatus last summer, but the band members have since discussed their plans to return with a new album this year.



Hunter Burgan teases new AFI music

AFI bassist Hunter Burgan posted a picture of a handwritten music sheet on his Instagram account, which indicates that the band is now working on new material for their next album, which will be their first since 2013’s Burials.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on new music from AFI come to light. The band went on hiatus last summer, but the band members have since discussed their plans to return with a new album this year.



AFI working on new album?

California punk/rock legends AFI have posted a cryptic picture of vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget working on songs for what appears to be the band’s next album, which will be their first since 2013’s Burials.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on new music from AFI come to light. The band went back on hiatus last summer, and Davey Havok just recently joined an as-yet-untitled project with the members of No Doubt.