AFI - Burials
I waste so many words giving you this back story because I have been pretty critical of AFI's last couple releases, ESPECIALLY the horrendous Crash Love from back in 2009. I had honestly lost all hope for an album that I would enjoy in my adult years. When teasers started popping up this year, I was somewhat encouraged by Davey Havok wearing a leather jacket with a studded upside down cross. I mean, that's dark and serious right? Anywho, Burials can be described as a weird combo of everything AFI has released since 2003. Oddly, this yields a positive result, at least with my ears.
The first single released, "I Hope You Suffer", really took a couple listens to sink in. I was reminded of Nine Inch Nails with the electronic element being prominent in the mix, and I liked hearing Davey sound angry again for a change. I even like the dark imagery present in the music video, but even I can admit Davey acting all serious is fucking hilarious. The second single, "17 Crimes", was a lot more poppy but had a very atmospheric and dark tone to it. I found myself getting into the hooks and not really feeling too bad about it. After repeat listens to Burials on vinyl, I can honestly say I really enjoy this album. There are tons of dynamics and layers found throughout this album, and the hooks POP when they need to. There is a couple straight rockers on here with "Greater Than 84" and "Anxious" and more electronic heavy numbers like "The Conductor" and album closer "The Face Beneath The Waves".
Bassist Hunter Burgan is probably the album highlight for me. Throughout his contributions dating back to 1999's Black Sails In The Sunset, his bass parts have been acrobatic and always grabbed my attention while listening. Listen to 17 Crimes to hear what I'm talking about. Havok's vocals range from pissed off screams to the more mainstream rock style we've been more accustomed to. I thought I would be more critical of the electronic elements present in AFI's music, especially considering that Havok and guitarist Jade Pudget have a strictly electronic side project, Blaqk Audio, to dump the experimental stuff into. However, all beats and synth parts are utilized creatively and help the song, rather than just being there for no reason. The glaring exception being "Heart Stops", I really don't know why the fuck they put this song on the album, it sticks out like a sore thumb and is just a glorified 80's dark pop imitation.
Longtime fans of AFI that may have jumped off the ship may want to consider checking this album out. Not to mention that after catching AFI on their Fall tour, they really seem to be embracing their back catalog and playing those songs really well. Obviously 1997-2002 AFI isn't coming back but why the fuck would they? I mean, we all have to grow up sometime right?
Genre: Rock / Snorecore
Label: Republic Records
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Similar: Son Of Sam, Tiger Army, Alkaline Trio
- The Sinking Night
- I Hope You Suffer
- A Deep Slow Panic
- No Resurrection
- 17 Crimes
- The Conductor
- Heart Stops
- The Embrace
- Greater Than 84
- The Face Beneath The Waves
Every album is a concept album, for them. They write a record to fit their interests and their feelings at the time, not to say "OK, let's one up what we did on the last record and see what happens." I loved the last record, Crash Love, I felt it was their most mature record to date, being more of a pop/rock record than anything. This record, for what it is, is what I love about these guys. They can take a totally different tone from one record to the next flawlessly.
Jade and Davey have always been out about their love for bands like Joy Division, The Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen, etc...and I think all of that shows in this record. It's very minimal and low key, dark yet with a pop feel to it. Burials may not be what we involved in punk rock WANT, but it's what they give us, and I think we need to just stop asking for another Very Proud of Ya or Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes, and just listen to each album for what it is. I remember HATING Sing The Sorrow, when I first heard it, because of the ridiculously drastic transition from AoD and the change that was made to the sound...now, 10 years later, I can't help but listen to STS in it's entirety at least once a week...and Burials is pretty much in the same boat.
Sorry for the novel...
Originally posted by: dundalkbill
I remember HATING Sing The Sorrow, when I first heard it, because of the ridiculously drastic transition from AoD and the change that was made to the sound...now, 10 years later, I can't help but listen to STS in it's entirety at least once a week...and Burials is pretty much in the same boat.
I agree with all of this