Decemberunderground CD (2006)

Artist: A.f.i.

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ever since the art of drowning afi have been losing there edge. Well now its finally gone i dont know what happend but be prepaird ive had the cd now for a couple of weeks and thats all i can say

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afi have lost it

on 6/4/2006

ever since the art of drowning afi have been losing there edge. Well now its finally gone i dont know what happend but be prepaird ive had the cd now for a couple of weeks and thats all i can say

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"Decemberunderground is a time and a place. It is where the cold can huddle together in darkness and isolation. It is a community of those detached and disillusioned who flee to love, like winter, in the recesses below the rest of the world." --Davey Havok

Decemberunderground is also the title of AFI's seventh album. And like much of the record's lyrical and visual imagery, it seems to stand in stark contrast to the name behind the band's world-renowned moniker: A Fire Inside. Then again, the brightest flames burn white - they just don't usually burn so bright for so long.

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Label Interscope Records
SKU 202576069
UPC 602498573938
UPC 14 00602498573938
Format CD
Release Date 6/6/2006
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Author A.f.i.
Credits
Drums Adam Carson
Vocals Davey Havok
Bass Hunter
Guitar Jade Puget
Artist Bio
AFIThe documented origins of AFI stretch back to 1991 when Ukiah, California teens Davey Havok and Adam Carson formed the band and released a debut split 7" the following year with fellow Ukiah High students Loose Change (whose lineup at the time featured future AFI guitarist Jade Puget) titled Dork (Hey, they were in high school). A handful of singles, EPs, compilation tracks and early albums Answer That And Stay Fashionable (Wingnut, 1995) and Very Proud Of Ya (Nitro, 1996) followed in that youthfully exuberant, sometime sophomoric East bay hardcore/punk mode, as early incarnations of AFI hit the road and began to cultivate a worldwide following.The earliest hints of AFI's move in a more diverse, mature direction appeared on their third album and first to feature current bassist Hunter (ex-the Force), Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes (Nitro, 1997) and the subsequent A Fire Inside EP (Adeline, 1998). It would be one more year, however, before the present AFI lineup would click with the addition of Jade Puget (ex-Redemption 87) and the release of fourth album Black Sails In The Sunset and the All Hallows EP (both Nitro, 1999). Another year later, The Art Of Drowning (Nitro, 2000) would find that AFI signature sound received by a rabid audience by then numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Yet more new AFI disciples would come into the fold as that record's "Days Of The Phoenix" somehow found its way onto modern rock radio playlists.AFI would make the decision to brave major label waters soon thereafter, releasing sixth album Sing The Sorrow on Dreamworks in 2003. Another ambitious leap forward for the Ukiah foursome, Sing The Sorrow was co-produced by Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink 182) and Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins), and expanded the AFI palette in all directions: "Girl's Not Grey" would be the band's single most infectious "pop" moment to date, while "Death Of Seasons" incorporated lockstep industrial rhythms and mournful choruses before dissolving into a cacophony of screaming anguish. Elsewhere on the record, "Leaving Song Part 2" and "Dancing Through Sunday" showed that the familiar AFI chant-along choruses were as fierce and frantic as ever, even if they were couched in increasingly virtuosic musicianship.
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ReviewSource E! Online
Review They're just like weeds. You spend all your life trying to get rid of Marilyn Manson, and right when turn your back, another bunch of cartoon goths sprout up. Having gone from being a Misfits-inspired punk band to making 2003's considerably sinister major-label debut, Sing the Sorrow, it's no surprise to hear AFI boost its mainstream appeal on Decemberunderground. But by mimicking the sound of every Hot Topic band crashing into one--with songs that pilfer from the Killers, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy--we have to wonder if they haven't just orchestrated their own extinction.
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ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review A decade ago, the Cali bred AFI was a typical bark-and-lunge hardcore band, but by album No. 4 (1999's Black Sails in the Sunset), they'd perfected an eerie, metal-edged Cure sound. Their seventh effort, Decemberunderground is the most melodically acute distillation of that style yet. Despite the relentlessly abject lyrics, massively hooky tracks like ''Love Like Winter'' have enough arena-rock appeal to register as instant classics. On the downside: Unless you're really young and bummed, it's difficult to fully empathize with such exquisitely crafted misery.
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Reviewer Tom Sinclair
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist A.f.i.
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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Now Magazine Singer Davey Havok continues to impress with his range and ability...
The Onion (A.V. Club) An ambitious, enjoyable album...
The Phoenix ...more exciting than life.

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