Epic-sounding and true to that signature AFI sound, AFI (The Blood Album) will be a record that stands out for hardcore fans, while picking up some new ones along the way. The fire is definitely still inside AFI.
in•ter a•li•a isn’t about capturing a zeitgeist as much as it is about jumpstarting some urgency in a rock scene that desperately needs more wild abandon and psychic plasma.
They are as fun as they are dramatic, combining lovely melodies with stampeding choruses. Eternity, In Your Arms could very easily be a musical score as much as it is a step forward for abrasive punk.
Before, it was easy to see Baker’s vulnerability as childlike, but Turn Out The Lights proves she’s had enough pain to last several lifetimes. There’s an elegance to her music that wasn’t there before—a sudden bright piano riff over deep guitar; a harrowing, shouted acapella—that feels like a coming of age.
There’s something special about the lyrical content that proves relatable yet poignant and beautiful all at the same time, resonating with listeners through the band’s unique ability to take basic, everyday ideas and turn them into an imaginative work of art.
Bloom feels less like the work of a persona than an authentic attempt at sorting out a sometimes messy life—far from perfect, yet perfectly compelling.
ONE OK ROCK pull upon a more mainstream radio-friendly influence, but retain their edgy sound in the same vein as acts such as 30 Seconds To Mars and Bring Me The Horizon.
Sophomore releases are usually written about as career-defining ... For PVRIS, it’s an evolution—their music is tighter, sharper and aiming for the jugular in its first shot.
It’s an album that holds nothing back. Musically, it’s nuanced but raw, explosive but restrained, matched only by the torrent of unapologetic emotion of Boucher’s subject matter.
After The Party stacks up with the Menzingers’ best material.