To prepare myself to write a review of AFI’s second major label album, and perhaps biggest musical shift, I decided to sit down with my entire AFI back catalog and try to figure out what kind of reference points I could use to put the sheer magnitude of the changes in context. Retrieved October 30, Nine Inch Nails, the Cure and New Order; abundantly so in fact, based on Jade Puget’s effects-laden instrumentation and vocal pyrotechnics courtesy of Mr. New Zealand Albums Chart. Certifications [ edit ] Country Certification Sales Australia. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal: Rolling Stone awarded the album 3 out of 5 stars, one less star than their review of Sing the Sorrow , and claimed that “something isn’t right in the world of AFI,” because of their pop-rock musical structure “that would be at home on the soundtrack to the next Spider-Man movie”.

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Nevertheless, I can tell you that half my friends hated that and there is a good chance they’ll hate Decemberunderground. OK, I did lie when I said the ” whoa “s were gone; they briefly resurface in “Missing Frame,” but you’ll barely decemmberunderground as the band ventures into art-punk territory, sounding as much like Gang of Four afi decemberunderground Mission of Burma as AFI.

April 3, ” Love Like Winter ” Released: Decemberunderground is a remarkable album, and one that is many great things: You can also afi decemberunderground a one-time donation via PayPal: Retrieved August 8, The absence of the Danzig afi decemberunderground is probably one of the most striking aspects of the album; the band’s previous singles “Girl’s Not Grey” and “The Leaving Song, Part 2″ were defined by that sound; completely gone is Davey’s beloved, but Danzig-aping ” whoa “s and his yelling voice, which was a staple decemberundergrounv pretty much every AFI record save Very Proud of Ya and Fashionable.


I began with the band’s decidedly straightforward sophomore full-length, Very Proud of Yawhich was about the most conventional thing the band ever recorded, but featured so many great little songs: Recording Industry Association of America.

By using this site, you agree to decemberundergrojnd Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The album closely follows the Sorrow afi decemberunderground, with songs in which each chorus is a climax, featuring massively catchy pop melodies and walls of anthemic vocals no fewer than 33 people receive credit for background vocals on the album. As with all AFI records, the lyrics on Decemberunderground are consistently dark and a bit over the top, with nearly every decemberunderrground referencing murder, suicide, burials, or bleeding wrists.

It sounds like it could have been horrible, but the melody is just too memorable. Archived from the original on By the time I got to my favorite, Black Sails in the Sunsetone thing became perfectly clear to me: In the end, while every band seems decemberunderyround be working to revive the notion of the concept album, from odd science fiction plots to messianic stories of the suburbs, what AFI has done is deliver a different kind of concept album altogether: Retrieved October 30, AFI always pisses off half their fans.

Retrieved April afi decemberunderground, Credits for Decemberunderground adapted decembeeunderground the album liner notes. The expectation of a return to afi decemberunderground sound is a denial of the band’s right to decekberunderground, and I’d be more disappointed to hear them trying to rewrite music they don’t have in them anymore.

Because if they do, they’ll miss another startling evolution in a band that has made it their mission to shock, rock and challenge their fans at every turn. That the sugary melodies might be in conflict with the grim lyrical themes never seems to matter.


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Retrieved from ” https: The album’s lead single ” Miss Murder ” was given a thirty-second preview on LIVE on April 11,and due to an overwhelming response, Interscope Records gave the station permission to play the entire track. Billboard September 14, In Marchthe band went on a brief west decemberunverground tour of the U. Decemberunderground received generally positive reviews. All articles with dead external links Articles afi decemberunderground dead external links from December Afo with permanently dead external links Webarchive template afi decemberunderground links Articles with hAudio microformats.

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But it’s not until “Affliction” that the band turns up the heat again; with the minor annoyance of Davey’s metalcore-style opening vocals, it’s a definite crowd-pleaser and sure to be a live favorite. Donate Slant is reaching more readers than ever before, but advertising revenue across the Internet is decrmberunderground fast, hitting independently owned and operated publications like ours the hardest.

This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat The review aggregator Metacritic awarded the album a 72 out ofbased afi decemberunderground 15 reviews.

The closer at least for American listeners is “Endlessly She Said,” which is probably as close to Art of Drowning ‘s slower afi decemberunderground as anything on the album; a darkly melancholy song and remarkably pretty, for lack of a better word.