AFI
Burials


3.6
great

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
October 18th, 2013 | 285 replies | 35,715 views


Release Date: 10/22/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: AFI sound exactly the same and are better for it.

AFI having been a band for a hair over twenty years has given us, as music listeners, one of the most important but under-appreciated gifts that any serious consumer of art can come across. That gift is context. When looking back on AFI's career, their so-called divide from punk to more mainstream stylings is a farce. The core of AFI's sound, even in their Nitro Records days, has always been built on pounding a pop hook into your head under the guise of a harsher medium. If anything has changed in their sound it isn't their edge or their attitude, it's their discovery of atmosphere. But even that goes back to Black Sails in the Sunset. It evolved from merely a haunting presence hanging over their melodramatic scene on “God Called In Sick Today”, to relying on electronics for their intended effect on Sing the Sorrow.

Burials is just a continued stepping stone in that regard. The same hooks and whoa-oh-oh's that have been the cornerstone of every set staple in their discography for the past two decades are still as abundant as ever, the only difference is that that backing atmosphere has now been pushed into the forefront. Single “17 Crimes” sounds as rooted in its punk security as “Wester” or “The Last Kiss” ever did, while “The Conductor” and “The Embrace” pull their power from a shared influence from the darker side of late 80's pop with their abundant nods to Depeche Mode's moody songwriting. It's a simple shift in perspective that makes all the difference, as for the first time it feels as though the two battling sides of AFI's past and where they've always wanted to go are reconciled into a cohesive whole. That's not to say that AFI haven't tried to pull this off before. Decemberunderground worked on many of these same themes and techniques, but where that record felt suffocated by its own ambition to be both familiar and different, Burials is secure in its intentions. It's not looking to push borders or dabble in a misremembered nostalgia. Burials' only goal is catharsis and that is why it succeeds.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gyromania
October 18th 2013



15461 Comments


that's more like it ;D

wabbit
October 18th 2013



6985 Comments


Gay

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

I support who you are, Miles. This is an open community.

wabbit
October 18th 2013



6985 Comments


I meant happy

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

You know, lighthearted, fancy-free. Mothers lock up your daughters, Miles is on the town.

wabbit
October 18th 2013



6985 Comments


I haven't left my apartment in 5 dayz

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Now you spend your days drinking cheap scotch and watching Pardon My Zinger on Comedy Central.

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 18th 2013



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

eek

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EaglesBecomeVultures
October 18th 2013



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

athom hook it up with that new state faults

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

I would but then the dude from No Sleep would sic his pug on me. Dahmer would kick my ass.

bloc
October 18th 2013



34735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is surprisingly enjoyable.

Digging: Messiah - Choir of Horrors

Feather
October 18th 2013



1284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I agree for the most part with everything you said.

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 18th 2013



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

how is it tho

FadedSun
October 18th 2013



1253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Perfectly said. How is it? It's a great album, but if it didn't like AFI before, you won't like them now.

Crawl
October 18th 2013



1591 Comments


review too long, neg

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 18th 2013



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

nah was talking about state faults

couldn't give a shit less about this really

Acanthus
October 18th 2013



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, glad to see a proper staff review.

Can't wait to hear this!

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LightChaotic
October 18th 2013



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agree with everything but the score! =P

Really awesome perspective on this band and it's history!

Acanthus
October 18th 2013



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The bass is a lot more prominent, feels so right.

Fieryfenderz
October 18th 2013



1434 Comments


This is like the perfect combination of Crash Love and Sing the Sorrow for me.



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