AFI- DECEMBERUNDERGROUND (2006):
It’s quite funny how many people my age are going through their emo music phase now of just recently got out of it, because it came and went when I was about five years old. That’s when DECEMBERUNDERGOUND came out, and to be completely honest it is still a great album, even to my much more experienced ear in music. In fact, I still listen to the album to this very day. From this point on I will no longer review an album song by song; it has occurred to me that when I do that I merely am directing people to songs based on preferences in song type. What I really want to do is to convince the readers to listen to an album all the way through. After all, isn’t that the point of having a track order on a record in the first place? Anyways, let’s get into it. AFI is a truly interesting band, mainly because within their music is this core that is very reminiscent of their early punk music. This album, however, seems to have strong elements of screamo that don’t overpower, but compliment. This is something that can be sensed in songs like “Kill Caustic”, “Affliction”, and a bit of “Miss Murder”. This album might be as close to mainstream as I get, because I’m almost certain that a decent amount of people know the songs “Miss Murder” and “Love Like Winter”. They may even be familiar with “Prelude 12/21” to be quite honest. I’m just overviewing the album and I don’t want to give away too much about the record, but what I will say is this: the record is soothing, but intense, and there are many guitar riffs that are pleasant to the ear. Also, the vocalist, Davey Havok, is phenomenal in his range. I’m not a musical connoisseur, I just listen to the good stuff.