Will Give You Chills
Genius. Freaks. Life-changing. Wusses. However you view punk band A Fire Inside, there will always be someone else with a contrary opinion. With fifteen years of experience in the music industry, criticism doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t phase AFI. Their only shock was the sudden popularity of decemberunderground, the California bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s seventh release.Much of this hype is due to the catchy, marketable single, â€šÃ„ÃºMiss Murder,â€šÃ„Ã¹ whose radio version replaces the hardcore shouts with singing to further appeal to the masses. MTV junkies purchasing the CD from â€šÃ„Ãºthat band with the bunnies in the video and the guy with makeupâ€šÃ„Ã¹ be warned, this album isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t for you. There are lyrics akin to a Sylvia Plath poem and singer Davey Havokâ€šÃ„Ã´s wonderfully controlled voice is like Lucifer: beautiful, but able to quickly transform into demonic screaming. One of the best songs on the album is â€šÃ„ÃºKill Caustic,â€šÃ„Ã¹ a thrashing, made-to-mosh anthem perfect for venting along with. Guitarist Jade Puget features some of his most sublime work on tracks like â€šÃ„ÃºThe Killing Lights,â€šÃ„Ã¹ an emo inspired tune of questioning self worth and new wave â€šÃ„ÃºLove Like Winterâ€šÃ„Ã¹ with quavering riffs straight from the 80s. Adam Carson continuously proves to be one of the top drummers in punk rock and Hunter Burganâ€šÃ„Ã´s bass playing never goes unnoticed, even among so many other elements. The only flaw on this otherwise ideal album is a slightly out of place experimental piece at the end of the violent track â€šÃ„ÃºAffliction.â€šÃ„Ã¹
AFI has come a long way from their origin as a high school band. Even after changing members, slightly altering their style, and going mainstream, the band continues to bring an underivative sound and energy to their music.