AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) Album Review

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?

AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) Album Review

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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Jared Leto: Got My Oscar, Now I'm Going On Tour With Linkin Park - Thanks

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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.

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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."

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Riot Fest 2013 Brings Classic Punk To Chicago This September

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It's time to start making preparations for one of the loudest festivals of the year: Riot Fest 2013 featuring headline sets from the likes of Pixies, The Replacements and Blink-182.

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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Ben Mendelsohn and AFI - Bridie O'Leary and Ben Mendelsohn Melbourne, Australia - The 2010 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards held at The Regent Theatre. Saturday 11th December 2010

Ben Mendelsohn and Afi

Kevin Costner, AFI, Christine Baumgartner and The Company - Kevin Costner and wife Christine Baumgartner Wednesday 10th November 2010 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California

Kevin Costner, Afi, Christine Baumgartner and The Company

Paula Patton and AFI Sunday 1st November 2009 2009 AFI Fest 'Precious' Hollywood premiere held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

Paula Patton and Afi

Mickey Rourke and AFI - Thursday 6th November 2008 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California

Mickey Rourke and Afi

Diane Ladd and AFI Thursday 12th June 2008 36th AFI Lifetime achievement award honouring Warren Beatty Los Angeles, California

Diane Ladd and Afi