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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

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