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This review is from: Sing The Sorrow (Audio CD)
Alright, I'll straight up admit that I am not a hardcore AFI fan and I was introduced to them by this album recently. Don't let that change your perspective on this review. After listening to this album in its entirity once, I wasn't that impressed. No songs seemed to stand out that much. However, on the third listen something hit me...
This album is an epic vision of grandeur; AFI have some gigantic ideas and all of these are executed to perfection. Take the introduction track "Miseria Canatare (The Beginning)". It opens with the gradual fade in of ominous, almost ritual drumming. The tribal chant of the song provides a strong introduction, almost like the introduction to a grand movie. The entire album lives up to the epic nature of its introduction, almost creating a world of sound.
"The Leaving Song part 2" (interestingly placed before "The Leaving Song" itself) is my personal favourite track, a truly anthemic song for all lost souls. AFI truly capture every possible emotion on "Sing The Sorrow", whether it be the melancholy of "The Leaving Song", or the snarling rage of "Death Of Seasons".
The music itself is a very interesting proposition. Combining punk dynamics with metal heaviness, add a touch of gentle melodic melancholy and even a touch of industrial electronica, AFI's sound manages to be truly unique in a world where much music sounds the same.
The only other album this year that could be considered in the same league as this would be Deftones' new self titled effort. To finish, all I can say is that this is not an album, it is an experience, and one that no-one should miss out on! This is one for the ages...