Alexisonfire
Crisis


3.5
great

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
August 25th, 2006 | 24 replies | 12,521 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alexisonfire return with a really strong new record, but unfortunately leave some of the great treats of for example "Watch out!" on the way

As Watch out! was always a pleasure for me to listen to, I sure looked forward to the new album of Alexisonfire. But as usually. you ask yourself the same questions: "Will it be like the last album? But different enough to show progress? Better, worse?" And yet again, its somekind of mixed bucket for me.

The album sure starts strong. "Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints" is a great opener that shows the good if not best aspects of the band. A good mix of screamed and melodic vocals, driving rythm section with a good lead guitar on top of that. The chorus just makes you want to sing along. You get a lot of these moments on this album, I do at least. This concept from Watch out! has been taken further, with a somewhat better balance though. Where the precessor seemed to have a misbalance between melodic and screamed vocals, the share seems much better on Crisis. Not only the vocals changed, it seems like the drummer had a bit more freedom as well. There is some nice stuff to discover from the man behind the drums. The band tries some new elements as well. Songs like "This Could Be Anywhere In The World" for example have some unexpected breaks that really add to the feeling of the songs, as it builds up tension. And the chorus marks a relief and release in a way, well done. As a far fetch, you could say with this album, Alexisonfire showcase what could happen if you mix up Billy Talent and AFI. (Don't nail me on it, I said it's somekind of a far fetch...) Which actually is interesting. And brings some problems on the way down that road.

I already mentioned it's a mixed bucket. Watch out! draws a lot of it's potential from the band stepping out of the line with different song structures than other bands that are similar. And to be honest, there is quite a bunch of bands of that kind out there. Songs that started very quite and with interesting and almost dreamy guitar lines, just to explode later on (see "It was fear of myself that made me odd"). The more advanced sounding lead guitar lines did their share to impress (see "Hey, it's your funeral Mama!"). Not to mention the good sense of humor. Yes, it had it's problems as well, like that the album did not feel as consistent, or stretches sometimes. That are problems that are not present on Crisis. But these little aspects that made the presessor step out of the vast group of bands that sail the same musical seas as Alexisonfire, they seemed to have suffered a bit with the progression to Crisis. Take the guitar work for example. You still find some interesting lead parts here and there that set good accents, but the rythm guitar is somewhat quite similar on all the songs. The chord progressions seem very very similar, which is noticable on first listen. The little experiments with tempo and mood changes have lessened as well. The changes in the songs that made most of the atmosphere on the precessor are skipped here. Which is quite sad, as I mentioned above made that album stand out.

Which does not mean that the songs suck. The songs are energetic, and motivate a lot to sing along. And there is still a lot to discover in the songs. Like the guest song with the Planes mistaken for stars vocalist on You burn first. What a nice little ode to present to people you once knew... or the title track, which is probably the hardest track on the album. There are also some nice guitar effects thrown in here and there (see "To A Friend" as an example). So it's overall a good and solid album.

To sum it up: This album sure is tight, and really feels like one consistent record, which was a problem with Watch out! here and there. The new more melodic and slightly punk-riffing inspired sound is interesting, and suits the band very well. Sadly, the treats that made Watch out! as enjoyable as it was have drowned in a way here, and are not shown on as many places here as before. So what you get is the drop of old cons that have turned into new benefits, but at the same time you lose some of the old benefits that made the precessor as interesting as it was. Tight and good album, but with this trade it still can not make more than 3.5 from me, with a clear and close tendencie towards the 4



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Comments:Add a Comment 
metallicaman8
August 25th 2006



4677 Comments


Two reviews in one day? you should've warned me, I would've put on a nicer shirt for the occasion.

Great work again.

SCREAM!
August 25th 2006



9977 Comments


Yeah nice review.
i won't check this out. When i got their 2 firsts cds, I listened to them a lot. But now they're just sitting around in my room collecting dustThis Message Edited On 08.25.06

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spoon_of_grimbo
August 25th 2006



2240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, and although i agree more with the sentiments expressed in justanothernimrod's review, you explained all your opinions, so i can kinda see where ur coming from.

i think they got the vocal sharing perfect here, i always thought the other two albums were unfairly balanced in that respect.

however, i think the songs on here are more memorable throughout, their best album IMO.

heyseuss
August 25th 2006



384 Comments


Great job...I wanted to check this out because I really hated their other records but people have informed me that 'Lo and Behold, this is different!' So I will.

And I'm loving the elephantiasis on the cover.

Two-Headed Boy
August 25th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Need it.

Justanothernimrod
August 26th 2006



478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can appreciate what you're saying, there aren't many (if any?) songs on this album that really "grab you" in the way alot of songs did on the previous albums.

But if you just keep going with it, you can see how much more mature and complete this album is than it's predcessors. I think anyway.

To me this is the determining point from where Alexisonfire as a band has left pubescence for good and are now head-on into Adulthood.

w0bbL4
August 30th 2006



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you forget that this record is from AOF its great. Otherwise its a bit disappointing.

Two-Headed Boy
December 17th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Rough Hands" owns this album. Otherwise, it all pretty much sounds the same but it's still a mega-fine album.

ShadowHawk
April 16th 2007



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very nice review, I love this album.

Eatemup
May 13th 2008



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review! This is a fine album, Its a shame i don't listen to it often enough though.This Message Edited On 05.13.08

YeahRiight
August 4th 2008



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the drummer sounds better because its a different drummer...

sspedding
February 13th 2009



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think this only a little better than average really. Everything sounds more watered down from Watch Out! Its also not as well produced, this band still owns though.

Captain Civic
February 13th 2009



280 Comments


What's the best album of theirs for a first time listener?

AtavanHalen
February 13th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This. Or Watch Out!

Groink
February 13th 2009



765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review, I really dig this band. This album is awesome.

Aaron
February 13th 2009



651 Comments


I love this album but hate You Burn First. It brings down the album.

AtavanHalen
February 13th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really? I think it's great.

Aaron
February 13th 2009



651 Comments


To me it's kind of immature, lyrically, compared with the music around it. The other tracks have complexity and wit in the lyrics, even while being dark, but it's just too overt in its angst for me to enjoy. It's not a bad song, just nowhere near the caliber of the rest of the album; so I skip it.

big80smullet
February 13th 2009



41 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like this album but i agree with aaron about You Burn First its the weakest song on the album. Boiled Frogs is mah fav

Bramm
February 13th 2009



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol same here, you burn first is what i got my next button for, i can listen To A Friend like a million times tho.



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