AFI (THE BLOOD ALBUM) CONCORD, OUT 20 JANUARY California’s masters of misery rediscover their edge on 10th LP.
For over 20 years, AFI’s success has been built on their sophisticated blending of goth, rock and punk. One exception to this was their 2013 outing Burials. It was far from a bad album, but it did smother some of their best musical qualities in the bleak tenor of the lyrics, specifically their knack for melodising the macabre into stirring choruses. AFI (The Blood Album) corrects the problem. It still occupies dark territory but this time excellent songs like Hidden Knives are defined by urgency, as well as venom. Best of all is Above The Bridge, a song broadcasting their Cure influences while also tackling a suicidal ideation from numerous perspectives. It’s proof that AFI still sing the sorrow better than most. GEORGE GARNER Listen To: Hidden Knives | Above The Bridge