Review Summary: Alexisonfire has toned down since its first release enough to entice other musical crowds while still maintaining their trademark volatility with "Watch Out!"
Alexisonfire's short history has been remarkable. Starting about 7 years ago with their self-titled release, they gained wildfire popularity within the hardcore/screamo scene. This makes perfect sense, as their first release was a musical barrage in every sense. Their sophomore release, "Watch Out!" had its assaulting moments; however, it was in its quieter parts that we find Alexisonfire's true musical capacity.
"Watch Out!" is a sign of Alexisonfire's evolution. Their first release, though still impressive, was limited to the primitive thrash and thump of everyday hardcore/screamo, dominated by lead vocalist George Petit's raspy screech. "Watch Out!" on the other hand, has toned down its auditory assault enough to entice other musical crowds without pulling any punches. Starting with the heart pumping "Accidents" all the way until the haunting "Happiness by the Kilowatt," we are pulled back and forth between explosive and eerily quiet, with every degree in between. The heart of the order is robust as well with fist-pumpers like "Hey, Its Your Funeral Mama" and "No Transitory," as well as "Sharks and Danger," a bi-polar temper-tantrum that pays close attention to the human condition. We hear more of Dallas Green, the rhythm guitarist with angelic pipes. He serves well as a chaser to the shot of vodka that is George Petit, and brings life to choruses and bridges of songs like"It Was Fear of Myself that Made Me Odd" and "Sidewalk When She Walks." His voice adds that extra dimension to the record that its predecessor lacked.
It Was Fear of Myself that Made Me Odd- 5/5
Side Walks when She Walks- 4/5
Hey, Its your Funeral Mama- 5/5
No Transitory- 4/5
Sharks and Danger- 5/5
That Girl Possessed- 2.5/5
White Devil- 3/5
Get Fighted- 4.5/5
Happiness By the Kilowatt- 4/5
As a whole I give this album a 4/5
Check it out, especially if you're into hardcore/screamo. Even if you aren't, its a fantastic album that should be appreciated.