Do you remember when AFI were a legitimate hardcore band? It seems like a lifetime ago and the AFI doing the rounds now is almost an entirely different unit to the one who put out Answer That and Stay Fashionable in the mid-90s. That being said, those early records have not aged particularly impressively so maybe that is a good thing. On AFI (The Blood Album), which is the group's tenth effort, can these goth punk goons still bring it?
With expectations for a slick, arena rock album firmly set by recent preview tracks 'Snow Cats' and 'White Offerings', it is no surprise when the album kicks off with the fairly plodding, paint by numbers of 'Dark Snow'. This is a very safe, mid paced, middle of the road tune with a bit of synth bass in the verse and more or less no personality. Arguably, the most striking thing about 'Dark Snow' is what a deeply unsuitable album opener it is.
It is fortunate then, that 'Still a Stranger' is up next and kicks things into gear with an overblown Iron Maiden-esque guitar riff jostling for space next to acoustic guitars and a gigantic chorus. Here we see AFI with a definite fire in their bellies putting together something with a bit of attitude; something memorable. In fact, generally this LP is better when the band up the pace; particular highlights coming in the form of 'Dumb Kids' and 'Hidden Knives.'
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Oscar, 30 Seconds to Mars Tour, then joining Linkin Park and AFI. Leto's fingers are in many pies, it's true
Jared Leto isn’t like most Oscar winners. He’s been criticised for his role as the transgender character Rayon, and not 48 hours after his Best Supporting Actor win for the role, it has been announced that he and his band – 30 Seconds to Mars – are off on a massive tour with Linkin Park.
30 Seconds to Mars are off on tour with Linkin Park
He and his 16-year-old rock band, will perform in San Diego Sept. 16 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. They have middle-billing between the headlining Linkin Park and AFI to kick off the Carnivore Tour. Explaining the title of the tour, Linkin Park's Sinoda said: "Carnivores is a metaphor that is meant to convey an appetite for something visceral and substantive, and I feel that’s exactly the hunger this tour will feed."
Punk enthusiasts gear up for another slamming year at Chicago's raucous Riot Fest!
Taking place in Chicago on September 13th - 15th 2013 at Humboldt Park, Riot Fest is set to be possibly THE hottest punk festival of the year having been staging some of the biggest rock legends since its inception in 2005. It's bigger and better than ever before and there isn't just live music to enjoy either; there's an array of carnival rides and Lucha Libre plus a massive range of meal choices suitable for everyone.
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We’ll see you in Quebec for @amnesiarockfest. https://t.co/aBw0rh3rw0
LA –see us live in the @hdradio #soundspace at @kroq next Monday + qualify to win a trip to see us again in Glasgow… https://t.co/6S0qYT8dAB
Tonight, begins our three-night run in San Diego. #thebloodtour https://t.co/0SO3Aihapi
Tomorrow. #thebloodtour https://t.co/kScECxGi6K
Pick up a copy of The Blood Album at @BestBuy and get one of these exclusive Blood pendants. https://t.co/NrsaeC4Tms https://t.co/u3C229Z8Yz
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#thebloodtour marches on tonight in Houston. 📷: @cal_engel https://t.co/gzifyYmea8
See you soon, Houston. #thebloodtour https://t.co/pfKgA8GVzp
Tickets for When We Were Young Fest are now on sale. https://t.co/ITfSZVDUFP 📷: @Cal_Engel https://t.co/EFBL2fykOl
Blood Merch is now available at our official store. Go now: https://t.co/oH2gvqQh7o https://t.co/X8vLEfA1iq
See you tonight, Baltimore. #thebloodtour https://t.co/KVUNrHu86N
We will be performing at the When We Were Young Festival in Orange County this April. Tickets on sale Friday. https://t.co/g5lZZfyprx
If you missed last week’s AOL @BUILDseriesNYC with AFI, you can now see it on demand: https://t.co/wOqJnnOHNq. https://t.co/PnFOpcnL9s
NYC tonight. #TheBloodTour https://t.co/agEKnOjuwQ
Guitar World 📷: Jeremy Danger https://t.co/A4czvOmKK7
Tune in to @Billboard on Facebook at 2:30pm ET for a live Q&A w/ Davey and Jade. https://t.co/kKL3YG5q8u
Washington D.C. - A very limited amount of special edition lithos will be on sale at our 9:30… https://t.co/TcovchHeZI
The Blood Tour comes to Chicago tonight. 📷: Alan Snodgrass | Digital Diversion https://t.co/iYuRcsehMN
We will be appearing on AOL’s @BUILDseriesNYC this Thursday, 2/2 at 4:30pm ET. Info on streaming or ATTENDING here… https://t.co/NMhXAQDF9l