Monday, October 31, 2011

Samhain observance


Not doing much for Halloween tonight, so here's a sonic tribute. This is a Misfits cover, but for me it's the definitive version of the song (much as I love Danzig and the boys). AFI has been one of my favorite bands since I was 14 or so, and always will be. So allow me to get a little defensive: HATERS FUCK OFF. Everything from Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes straight through Sing The Sorrow is pure brilliance. Aesthetically consistent yet continuously developing, that set of albums stands as one of the longest winning streaks in hardcore. Anyone who thinks these guys are "sissy" needs to listen to "Let It Be broke" or "The Prayer Position." And anyone who jams the epic crust but looks down his nose at AFI because they don't conform to the rigid ideals of the DIY club--or its carefully manicured image--should take this under consideration: By any reasonable standards, mid-period AFI produced THE BEST "melodic d-beat" albums ever made.

Happy Halloween, now go forth and revel in the eternal Wild Hunt.

1 comment:

  1. YES! Old AFI is the shit and the All Hallow's EP is damn near perfect, for that matter. Best use of choruses "woahs" by a band.

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