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Burials (2013)

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Burials is the ninth studio album by the American rock band AFI. It was released on October 22, 2013 through Republic Records.

In a statement regarding the album, AFI frontman Davey Havok said, “This record is of silence, and the burials that result from that silence. It’s of betrayal, cruelty, weakness, anxiety, panic – deep and slow – despair, injury and loss. And in this it is shamefully honest and resolutely unforgiving”.

In contrast to previous releases from AFI, lead singer Davey Havok described Burials as being “very layered and very rich”, adding that it was “far, far less straightforward than what we did on the last record, which – much like every record we create – was the result of a natural growth, a natural indication of where we are as songwriters now”.

In anticipation of the release of Burials, AFI released the singles I Hope You Suffer on July 22, 2013 and “17 Crimes” on August 6, 2013. “17 Crimes” was made available for streaming on the day preceding its release on the iTunes Store. A new song from the album, “A Deep Slow Panic”, was made available for streaming on the website for Spin, along with a new interview of the band on October 10, 2013.

Track Listing:

1. “The Sinking Night”
2. “I Hope You Suffer”
3. “A Deep Slow Panic”
4. “No Resurrection”
5. “17 Crimes” 2:57
6. “The Conductor”
7. “Heart Stops”
8. “Rewind”
9. “The Embrace”
10. “Wild”
11. “Greater than 84”
12. “Anxious”
13. “The Face Beneath the Waves”

Personnel:

Band Members

  • Davey Havok – Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums
  • Hunter Burgan – Bass
  • Jade Puget – Guitar

Recording and Post-Production

  • Produced by Gil Norton
  • Engineered by Dan Austin
  • Mixed by Andrew Scheps
  • Assistant Mixer: Justin Hergett
  • Mastered By: Stephen Marcussen

Crash Love (2009)

Crash Love is the eighth studio album by the rock band AFI. Produced by Joe McGrath and Jacknife Lee, it was released on September 29, 2009 through Interscope Records. Following the touring cycle for 2006′s Decemberunderground, AFI spent two years writing and recording their next album.

In November 2008 AFI announced that they had finished writing their next album and would be recording it with producer David Bottrill. In January 2009 AFI split with Bottrill in favor of producers Joe McGrath (who had worked with Morrissey, Alkaline Trio, and Blink-182) and Jacknife Lee. However, they continued working on the same songs and did not abandon any of the material that had already been recorded.[16] The album’s title was announced as Crash Love in February 2009, and in July its release date was set as September 29.

The album’s first single, “Medicate”, became available for purchase through iTunes on August 25, 2009, was released to radio stations September 1,[22] and is included as a playable track in the video game Guitar Hero 5.[23] Deluxe CD and digital download editions of Crash Love include a number of b-side and demo tracks as additional content.[24] The album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling 52,000 copies in the US in its first week.

Track Listing:

1. Torch Song
2. Beautiful Thieves
3. End Transmission
4. Too Shy To Scream
5. Veronica Saywer Smokes
6. Okay, I Feel Better Now
7. Medicate
8. I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
9. Sacrilege
10. Darling, I Want To Destroy You
11. Cold Hands
12. It Was Mine

Personnel:

Band Members:

  • Davey Havok – Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums
  • Hunter Burgan – Bass
  • Jade Puget – Guitar

Recording and Post-Production on tracks 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12:

  • Produced by Joe McGrath
  • Engineered by Joe McGrath, Seth Waldmann, Jake Davies, John Silas Cranfield, and Andrew Scheps
  • Assistant Engineers: Morgan Stratton and Bill Mims
  • Recorded at Conway Studios, Sunset Sound, and The Steakhouse in Hollywood, CA
  • Drum tech by Mike Fasano

Recording and Post-Production on tracks 3, 5, 6:

  • Produced by Jacknife Lee
  • Engineered by Tom McFall
  • Assistant engineer Kevin Mills
  • ProTools editing by German Villacorta
  • Recorded at Henson Studios in Hollywood, CA
  • Guitar tech by Doug Forsdick

Recording and Post-Production on track 4:

  • Produced by Joe McGrath and Jacknife Lee
  • Recorded at Henson Studios, Conway Studios, Sunset Sound, and The Steakhouse in Hollywood, CA
  • Engineered by Tom McFall, Joe McGrath, Seth Waldmann, Jake Davies, John Silas Cranfield, and Andrew Scheps
  • Assistant engineers: Kevin Mills, Morgan Stratton, and Bill Mims
  • ProTools editing by German Villacorta

Backing Vocals/General Post-Production:

  • Additional Engineering on tracks 2, 6, 9, and 10 by Todd Parker
  • Additional background vocals in “I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here” by Christy Vegas, Scott Raymond, Natacia Marriott, Courtney Cavazos, Brock Honma, and Mark Oshiro
  • Mixed at Electric Lazy Studios, NYC by Rich Costey (assisted by Charlie Stavish and Noah Goldstein)
  • Mastered by Vlado Meller, NYC at Universal Mastering Studios, NYC (assisted by Mark Santengelo)

Recording and Post-Production on “Fainting Spells”:

  • Produced and Mixed by Jerry Finn
  • Engineered by Joe McGrath
  • Assistant engineers: Seth Waldmann, Jason Gossman, Kevin Mills, Eric Weaver, and Dimitar Krhjaic
  • Recorded at Conway Recording and Sage & Sound
  • Mixed at Conway Recording Studios
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC

Recording and Post-Production on “We’ve Got The Knife” and “Where We Used To Play”:

  • Produced by AFI
  • Engineered by John Silas Cranfield and Daniel Sternbaum
  • Mixed by John Cranfield
  • Assistant engineers: Tyler Muelrath and Jun Park
  • Recorded and Mixed at The Steakhouse
  • Mastered by Eric Labson at Universal Mastering Studios

Recording and Post-Production on “100 Words”:

  • Produced by Jerry Finn and Butch Vig
  • Mixed by Jerry Finn
  • Executive Producer: Jade Puget
  • Engineered by Joe McGrath
  • Assistant engineers: Chris Holmes, Alan Mason, Dan Chase, Stacey Dodds, and Alan Sanderson
  • Recorded at Cello Studios, Los Angeles
  • Mixed at Chalice Studios, Los Angeles
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC

I Heard A Voice (2006)

I Heard A Voice is the first live DVD from AFI that was released on December 12, 2006. The concert was filmed at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California on Friday, September 15, 2006. Part of the Decemberunderground Tour, the crowd was the largest AFI had ever headlined with over 13,000 people in attendance. The concert was shot in HD with more than 23 cameras. The title of this DVD is lifted from a line of poetry in the decemberunderground CD booklet. Underneath the song 37mm, it says: “The power went out. I turned on the radio. The power went out. I turned on the radio. The power went out. I turned on the radio….I heard a voice.” The moth on the case is also from the decemberunderground booklet.

Throughout the week before the release, the concert film was shown as a screening in various cities. Attendants received a limited edition two-sided poster. A CD version was released on November 13, 2007.

Track Listing:

1. Prelude 12/21
2. Girl’s Not Grey
3. The Leaving Song, Pt. 2
4. Summer Shudder
5. Kill Caustic
6. The Days of the Phoenix
7. Endlessly, She Said
8. A Single Second
9. The Missing Frame
10. Bleed Black
11. Silver and Cold
12. Dancing Through Sunday
13. This Time Imperfect
14. Death of Seasons
15. Totalimmortal
16. Love Like Winter
17. God Called In Sick Today
18. Miss Murder

Decemberunderground (2006)

Decemberunderground is the seventh studio album from alternative rock band AFI, and their first album to debut at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 182,000 units in its first week. The album was released on May 29, 2006, in the United Kingdom, June 6, 2006, in the United States, and June 16, 2006, in Mexico. Regarding the album’s title, lead singer Davey Havok said, “Decemberunderground is a time and a place. It is where the cold can huddle together in darkness and isolation.” The title itself is found in the lyrics of the track “The Interview.” Four singles have been released from the album. They are “Miss Murder”, “Love Like Winter”, “The Missing Frame” and “Summer Shudder”.

On November 7, 2006, the album was re-released on 6 “icy clear” 7″ vinyl discs, with all four band members’ pictures and “… a very special guest” being Smith Puget, the band’s tour manager, and a poster/lyric sheet.

AFI was on tour in support of the album since April of 2006. It was noted that Download Fest in October 2007 was the last show in support of Decemberunderground, as Havok and Puget then went on to focus on and promote Blaqk Audio before beginning work on AFI’s eighth album.

“Rabbits are Roadkill on Rt.37″, a song recorded during the Sing the Sorrow sessions, can be found on the UK, Australian, German, and Japanese editions of the album. “Head Like a Hole” – a Nine Inch Nails cover, was initially released on the Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas video game soundtrack. It was later re-released on the UK, Australian, German, and Japanese editions of the album. “Don’t Change” – an INXS cover, can be found on the “Miss Murder” 7″ picture disc and the Japanese edition of the album. “Jack the Ripper” – a Morrissey cover, was available as an iTunes pre-order bonus track and can also be found on the UK and Australian editions of the “Love Like Winter” single. “On the Arrow” is featured as an iTunes bonus track, and can also be found on the Australian “Love Like Winter” single. “Fallen Like the Sky” – can be found on the 7″ vinyl box set version of the album. It was initially released as a Target bonus download track.

“Carcinogen Crush” – a song written during the Sing the Sorrow sessions. The band did not release it because they did not feel like it fit the album. Carcinogen Crush was re-recorded during the Decemberunderground sessions, but didn’t make the album. The song was first heard as a DLC track in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (part of the Companion Pack, which comes with the CD). Later AFI released the song as an online digital single. It is on the main tracklist for the upcoming EP. “100 Words” – a song written during the Sing the Sorrow sessions. The song wasn’t released on Sing the Sorrow for unknown reasons. Like Carcinogen Crush, the band decided to re-record it for the Decemberunderground sessions, but didn’t make the album. It is on the main tracklist for the upcoming EP. Before the release of the album, in an interview with MTV, Davey Havok estimated that the band wrote roughly “somewhere between 80 and 100 songs”.

Track Listing:

  1. Prelude 12/21
  2. Kill Caustic
  3. Miss Murder
  4. Summer Shudder
  5. The Interview
  6. Love Like Winter
  7. Affliction
  8. The Missing Frame
  9. Kiss and Control
  10. The Killing Lights
  11. 37mm
  12. Endlessly, She Said

Personnel:

Band Members:

  • Davey Havok – Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums
  • Hunter Burgan – Bass
  • Jade Puget – Guitar

Recording and Post-Production:

  • Produced by Jerry Finn
  • Mixed by Jerry Finn, tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 mixed by Chris Lord-Alge
  • Recorded by Joe McGrath
  • Assistant Engineers: Seth Waldmann, Jason Gossman, Kevin Mills, Eric Weaver, Dimitar Krnjaic, and Keith Armstrong
  • Drum tech by Mike Fasano
  • Recorded at Conway Recording Studios and Sage & Sound Recording Studios
  • Mixed at Conway Recording Studios and Resonate Music
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC
  • Programming and Keyboards by Jade Puget

AFI Nitro Years Retrospective (2004)

AFI is an eponymous retrospective album, released on November 2, 2004 with 15 tracks taken from the band’s time on the Nitro Records label during between 1995 and 2001. The band did not sanction the release of this album. The track listings between the clean version and the explicit version differ.

 

 

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. The Lost Souls
  2. The Days of the Phoenix
  3. A Winter’s Tale
  4. Totalimmortal
  5. Fall Children
  6. The Prayer Position
  7. God Called In Sick Today
  8. Lower It (Explicit version only)
  9. A Single Second
  10. Third Season
  11. He Who Laughs Last
  12. I Wanna Mohawk (But Mom Won’t Let Me Get One)
  13. Perfect Fit (Explicit version only)
  14. Two Of A Kind (Clean version only)
  15. Rolling Balls
  16. Who Said You Could Touch Me? (Explicit version only)

Sing the Sorrow (2003)

Sing the Sorrow was the first major-label release by the alternative rock band AFI, released in 2003. The album reached the #5 position on the Billboard charts, and was certified Gold on April 30, 2003 by the RIAA. The album went Platinum in December 2004. It was ranked number 77 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine’s “List of the 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time”.

Sing the Sorrow differs considerably from AFI’s earlier material. The band’s sound shifted towards alternative rock, characterized by more elaborate production, slower tempos, and pieces of Industrial music. The album also includes more experimental segments, such as the inclusion of a spoken-word poem accompanied by haunting piano music, and the ending of “This Time Imperfect” which features guitar parts played backwards and extensive sampling. These elements were previously absent from AFI’s earlier releases.

The UK edition of the CD contains two bonus tracks; “Synesthesia” and “Now the World”. “Now the World” is also at the end of the Japanese edition. These tracks were also available for download from a “secret site” to which the U.S. version of the album gave access. Even though the secret site has been down for some time now (since Dreamworks Records was overtaken by Interscope), most copies of Sing the Sorrow still have links to the secret site.

In any version, the last track contains some minutes of silence after the listed song has finished, after which a series of hidden tracks appear. The first is a poem, spoken to a haunting piano melody, with verses separated by strings. Though the poem is printed in the lyrics booklet, it is given no title. After the poem ends, a new song fades in, entitled “This Time Imperfect”. The final guitar riff of this song continues as a collage of noise interrupts and distorts it for some time, before fading out, finishing the album. Although it seems that the album is finished here, the end of the static coincides with the beginning of “Miseria Cantare”, thus starting the album over again, only if you have it on repeat.

The album was released with three different covers, with different colours for the logo and text: red, silver and black. The “normal” cover features red artwork. Half of the first U.S. and UK pressings featured the silver cover, which is now rare and out of print. On iTunes, this cover is also used. The black cover was only available at shows on the U.S. tour following the album’s release, as well as through the Despair Faction’s online store, but is also now rare and out of print. There were 2500 pressed with black covers.

On all versions, the back cover features a small picture in a circle. This picture resembles a part of the cover for Black Sails in the Sunset, a previous AFI album. On the backside of the CD booklet, there is a picture of a squirrel sitting in a tree. This may be a reference to the song “Death of Seasons”, as the tree seems to be in no particular season. Curiously, despite this album being released on DreamWorks Records, the cover art also features the logo of Nitro Records, AFI’s previous label. On the second to last page of the booklet, there is a small picture of a rabbit with the phrase “Rabbits Are Roadkill” written next to it. This is a reference to the song “Rabbits Are Roadkill on Route 37.

Different international versions of the CD also contain different artwork on the actual CD itself. Some contain a picture of a foraminifer,others a dead bird, and most an inverted octupus. All pictures are taken from Animals by Jim Harter. Some versions, including the Ukrainian edition, contain no picture at all, and have inconsistent artwork from other versions.

A different recording of “Now the World” can be found on the 336 EP and the “Girl’s Not Grey” single. The song’s title can also be seen in the album’s special edition booklet, despite the song not being on the normal version of the album.

“Reivers Music” was featured on the DVD in the special edition version of the album. This is the same version as presented on the 336 EP and the “Girl’s Not Grey” single.

Demo versions of “Synesthesia”, “This Celluloid Dream”, “The Great Disappointment”, “Paper Airplanes”, “…but home is nowhere” and “The Leaving Song” can be found as B-Sides on singles released from this album.

“Rabbits are Roadkill on Rt. 37″ was recorded during the Sing the Sorrow sessions, but first released on the MySpace Records: Volume 1 compilation album in November 2005. It was later re-released as a bonus track on the UK and Australian versions of Decemberunderground. The song’s title can also be seen on the Sing the Sorrow special edition booklet. On the page of the standard album lyrics booklet containing the lyrics to the untitled poem and “This Time Imperfect”, a picture of a rabbit with the caption “Rabbits are roadkill” can also be seen.

“Carcinogen Crush” was a track that was written and recorded during the Sing the Sorrow sessions. It was later re-recorded for Decemberunderground, but again not on the album – it is currently planned for release on an their upcoming EP.[3] The song can currently be found as a bonus song on the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock video game and can be bought in digital music retailers such as iTunes as a single. In a blog entry by Jade in late 2007, he confirmed that Hunter was the sole songwriter of this song.

“100 Words” is known to have been recorded during the Sing the Sorrow sessions. It has not been released in any form thus far. The title can be seen in the booklet to the special edition version of the album, and has been discussed by a few band insiders. It has been announced by official sources and most recently by Jade that this song will be on the upcoming EP.

Track Listing:

  1. Miseria Cantare
  2. The Leaving Song, Pt. 2
  3. Bleed Black
  4. Silver and Cold
  5. Dancing Through Sunday
  6. Girl’s Not Grey
  7. Death of Seasons
  8. The Great Disappointment
  9. Paper Airplanes (Makeshift Wings)
  10. This Celluloid Dream
  11. The Leaving Song
  12. …But Home Is Nowhere (UK: Now The World) [Hidden Track: This Time Imperfect]

Personnel:

Band Members:

  • Davey Havok – Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums
  • Hunter Burgan – Bass
  • Jade Puget – Guitar

Recording and Post-Production:

  • Produced by Jerry Finn and Butch Vig
  • Mixed by Jerry Finn
  • Executive Producer: Jade Puget
  • Recorded by Joe McGrath
  • Assistant Engineers: Chris Holmes, Alan Mason, Dan Chase, Stacey Dodds, Alan Sanderson, with additional technical assistance from Alan Mason.
  • Drum Tech by Garner Knutsen and Mike Fasano
  • Recorded at Cello Studios in Los Angeles, CA
  • Mixed at Chalice Studios in Los Angeles, CA
  • Mastered at Bernie Grundman by Brian Gardner

Instrumentation and Vocals:

  • Programming and Keyboards by Jade Puget
  • Cello by Susie Katayama
  • Additional keys on “…But Home is Nowhere” by Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.
  • Guest Female Vocal: Anna-Lynne Williams
  • Background Vocals: Nick 13, Geoff Kresge, Chris Holmes, Ralph Saenz, Jerry Fin, Joe McGrath, Matt Wedgley, Butch Vig, “Precious” Steve Cunningham and Luke Wood.
  • Vocoder: Stacey Dodds
  • Choir: St. Mileon’s Church
  • Spoken Word Vocals: Gibson Casian, Davey Havok, Hans Wold

Other/Design:

  • Management: GAS Entertainment
  • Legal: Stacy Fass
  • Booking: Stormy Shepherd for Leave Home Booking
  • Art Direction and Design by Jason Noto and Doug Cunningham, Morning Breath Inc.
  • Icon Illustration: Alan Forbes
  • Photography: Matthew Welch

336/Now The World Picture Disc (2002)

336 was a 10″ vinyl picture disk put out by the band AFI on Dreamworks Records, available exclusively at Hot Topic. It contained two new songs, “Now the World” and “Reivers Music” (although there have been several spellings due to misprints, this is generally considered correct.) It is only known as 336 to AFI fans, and was the beginning of the Clandestine Mystery that continued in their album Sing the Sorrow. Only 5000 copies were made, but the contents of 336 were later put onto Girl’s Not Grey, Pt. 2 as b-sides. A newer recording of “Now the World” can be found on the UK release of Sing the Sorrow (and was avaliable on the band’s main site before being removed).

On one side of the record is etched “NOTHING FROM NOWHERE” whilst on the other side is etched “I’M NO ONE AT ALL”, both of which are lyrics from the song “Miseria Cantare” – the opening track of Sing the Sorrow.

336 is generally the starting point for the Clandestine Mystery, which revolves around Clandestine, the short film AFI released on DVD, included with Sing the Sorrow’s special edition. Gavin (the administrator of AFI’s official message board) mentioned that 336 wasn’t important, it was simply “what came before”, suggesting the number 337.

Track Listing:

  1. Now The World
  2. Reivers Music

The Days of the Phoenix EP (2000)

“The Days of the Phoenix” is a 2000 EP released by AFI. It contains two songs from The Art of Drowning and a b-side from the same album; “A Winter’s Tale” (which also appears on the “Warped Tour 2001 Tour Compilation” and AFI retrospective). Only 500 copies of this EP were released. The band made a video for the song “The Days of the Phoenix”. The video was shot in 8 Below, a music venue in California, by Marc Webb.

 

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. The Days of the Phoenix
  2. A Winter’s Tale
  3. Wester

The Art of Drowning (2000)

The Art of Drowning is the fifth full-length studio album released by then punk rock band AFI. It was the last studio album recorded by AFI on Nitro records. It reached #174 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Heatseekers. The album, as well as its predecessor, features a darker, horror punk sound, and contains AFI’s first use of electronic music in “The Despair Factor.” However, after this release, AFI moved towards an alternative rock sound. This was the first AFI album that the band sought outside creative input from a producer, but the band themselves were not content with the way that it proceded. This was the last album that the band produced themselves. The 2003 follow up, Sing The Sorrow, was produced by Butch Vig and Jerry Finn.

The inner-edge of the CD case reveals a hidden message: “Battled”. This is the name of the hidden track on the CD edition. “The Despair Factor” contains the lyrics “My whole life is a dark room… one big dark room,” which is a line originally spoken by Winona Ryder in the film Beetlejuice. The official AFI fan club, the Despair Faction, gets its name from the song “The Despair Factor.” It contains perks such as exclusive merchandise, a free digital magazine, and a message board community. The song “Wester” was featured in Winter X Games Snowboarding 2000. The song “The Days of the Phoenix” refers to the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, California. Petaluma is near Ukiah, California, where the band originated, and the band played the venue often in their early years.

“Battled” is featured as a hidden track on the CD format of the album. On the iTunes download of the album, “Battled” is erroneously labeled as “Bonus Track”. “Dream of Waking” is featured as track 9 on the A-Side of the 12″ vinyl edition of the album. It was later released on the Nitro Records Punkzilla compilation. “A Winter’s Tale” was recorded during the Art of Drowning sessions. It was featured on the The Days of the Phoenix EP, and later on the AFI compilation.

Track Listing:

  1. Initiation
  2. The Lost Souls
  3. The Nephilim
  4. Ever And A Day
  5. Sacrifice Theory
  6. Of Greetings And Goodbyes
  7. Smile
  8. A Story At Three
  9. The Days of the Phoenix
  10. Catch A Hot One
  11. Wester
  12. 6 To 8
  13. The Despair Factor
  14. Morningstar (Bonus track: Battled)

Personnel:

Band Members:

  • Davey Havok – Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums
  • Hunter Burgan – Bass
  • Jade Puget – Guitar

Recording and Post-Production:

  • Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
  • Engineered by Chuck Johnson at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
  • Produced by AFI and Chuck Johnson at Fantasy Studios (Assisted by Michael Anderson and Frank Rinella)
  • Mixed by Andy Ernst at Art of Ears, Hayward, CA (Assisted by Thadd LaRue)
  • Mastered by Eddie Schreyer at Oasis Mastering
  • Backing Vocals: AFI, Nick 13, Joe Clements, Lars Frederickson, Chris Higgins (X-13), and Thadd LaRue)
  • Viola on “Morningstar” by Darcy Vaughn
  • Artwork by Alan Forbes

All Hallow’s EP (1999)

All Hallow’s E.P. (sic, including singular Hallow’s) is an EP by AFI released on October 5, 1999 on Nitro Records. It contained three original songs and a cover of the The Misfits song “Halloween”. “Totalimmortal” was later made into a music video and covered by The Offspring for the soundtrack to the film Me, Myself and Irene (2000).

The inner-edge of the CD case reveals a hidden message: “Boo!”. “The Boy Who Destroyed the World” was included in the videogame Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. Fall Children
  2. Halloween (The Misfits cover)
  3. The Boy Who Destroyed The World
  4. Totalimmortal

Black Sails In The Sunset (1999)

Black Sails in the Sunset is a 1999 punk rock album by AFI. This is the first full-length album with Jade Puget as a full time member of the band.

The CD case lists track 2 as “Porphyria,” whilst the sleeve names it “Porphyria Cutanea Tarda.” The song’s title references the skin disease that results in an acute sensitivity to sunlight. Track titles 9 and 10 (tracks 10 and 11 on the list above) were switched on the CD face and on the back of the packaging. The correct order is listed here. “God Called in Sick Today” is featured regularly in AFI’s setlist. It is generally used to conclude the show, although since the release of Decemberunderground it is usually followed by “Miss Murder.” (See I Heard a Voice)

“Midnight Sun” is a hidden track on the CD edition of the album, found on the same track as “God Called in Sick Today,” 10 minutes and 28 seconds into the track. It was influenced by poet Charles Baudelaire, who wrote the poem “De Profundis Clamavi.” Havok can be heard whispering the poem during the bridge of the song. “Strength Through Wounding” contains the chant “Through our bleeding, we are one.” Fans have been known to chant this before the band comes on stage or during pauses between songs.

The song “Malleus Maleficarum” references the famous treatise on the prosecution of witches. In an interview for the I Heard a Voice DVD, guitarist Jade Puget states that “Malleus Maleficarum” was the first song he wrote as a part of AFI. The inner-edge of the CD case reveals a hidden message: “Beyond and To All Time I Stand”. This is a lyric from “Midnight Sun”. Such hidden messages are present on many of AFI’s releases on Nitro Records. The phrase is also from the Inferno part of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, It is uttered by an unnamed demon. Dexter Holland, singer from The Offspring and owner of AFI’s label (at the time), Nitro Records, made a guest vocal appearance on this album in the songs “Clove Smoke Catharsis” and “The Prayer Position”.

“Lower It” is featured as track 7 of the vinyl edition of the album. It was later re-released on the AFI retrospective compilation. “Who Knew?” was first featured on the Black Sails EP. It can also be found in place of “Midnight Sun” as a hidden track on the Japanese edition of the album. “Transference” was released on the No Time to Kill compilation. This is the only known instance in AFI’s catalogue when Hunter has had a lead vocal, which can be heard during the chorus of the song. “The Chicken Song” is featured as a hidden track on the No Time to Kill compilation. This song features Hunter on piano and Davey and Jade sharing lead vocal duties. The band often jokingly denies the existence of this song. “Weight of Words” was recorded during the Black Sails sessions but has yet to be released.

Track Listing:

  1. Strength Through Wounding
  2. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  3. Exsanguination
  4. Malleus Maleficarum
  5. Narrative of Soul Against Soul
  6. Clove Smoke Catharsis
  7. Lower It (vinyl-only bonus)
  8. The Prayer Position
  9. No Poetic Device
  10. Weathered Tome
  11. The Last Kiss
  12. At A Glance
  13. God Called In Sick Today (Hidden track: Midnight Sun)

Personnel:

Band Members:

  • Davey Havok – Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums
  • Hunter Burgan – Bass
  • Jade Puget – Guitar

Recording:

  • Recorded at Art of Ears, Hayward, CA
  • Engineered by Andy Ernst
  • Assistant Engineer – Thad LaRue
  • Drum tech by Mike Fasano
  • Dexter Holland – Guest Backing Vocals

A Fire Inside EP (1998)

A Fire Inside is an EP released by AFI in 1998 and is now currently out of print. It was the first disc AFI released that had Hunter Burgan as a permanent member. It is also the last release featuring guitarist Mark Stopholese. It was recorded on Adeline Records at the Art of Ears Studio in Hayward, CA.

 

 

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. 3 1/2
  2. Over Exposure
  3. The Hanging Garden (The Cure cover)
  4. Demonomania (The Misfits cover)

Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes (1997)

Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes is the third full-length album by hardcore punk band AFI, released on Nitro Records on November 11, 1997. Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes is an example of AFI’s unadulterated hardcore period. It is considered to be their heaviest and most brutally direct album, both in music and lyrical content.

The inner-edge of the CD case reveals a hidden message: “A Fire Inside”. This is a lyric from the album’s introductory track. This is the first album to use the phrase ‘A Fire Inside’. The song “A Single Second” features Nick 13 from the band Tiger Army on vocals during parts of the chorus. Nick 13 has done background vocals on most AFI releases. This is the first AFI release with Hunter Burgan playing bass guitar, although he was only temporary at the time. As with Very Proud of Ya, future AFI guitarist Jade Puget provided background vocals, making this the first AFI album that the four current members would collaborate. The album’s track layout is unique in that it contains repeated references to the number 3. Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes is AFI’s third album, and three tracks lie between the songs containing variations of the number 3. The use of the number 3 would go on to be a recurring theme in subsequent albums.

Track Listing:

  1. Keeping Out Of Direct Sunlight (An Introduction)
  2. Three Reasons
  3. A Single Second
  4. pH Low
  5. Let It Be Broke
  6. Third Season
  7. Lower Your Head and Take It In The Body
  8. Coin Return
  9. The New Patron Saints and Angels
  10. Three Seconds Notice
  11. Salt For Your Wounds
  12. Today’s Lesson
  13. The Devil Loves You
  14. Triple Zero
  15. Last Caress

Personnel:

Band Members:

  • Davey Havok – Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums
  • Mark Stopholese – Guitar
  • Hunter Burgan – Recording Bassist (was not an official member at this time)

Recording:

  • Recorded at Art of Ears, Hayward, CA
  • Engineered by Andy Ernst
  • Produced by AFI
  • Drum tech by Mike Fasano
  • Mastered at Oasis by Eddie Schreyer

Very Proud Of Ya (1996)

Very Proud of Ya is the second full length album from hardcore punk band AFI. It is the last album in which bassist Geoff Kresge was still a member of the band. Kresge created the cover artwork for the album.

The songs “Two of a Kind” and “Yürf Rendenmein” are re-recordings of tracks from the band’s previous album, Answer That and Stay Fashionable. The title of the song “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” is a reference to the song of the same name by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, but is not a cover. The reference is meant to be ironic, as the AFI song is about hate, rather than love.

The liner notes of the album include a copyright held by “Anthems For Insubordinates”, another possible name for which “AFI” is abbreviated.

Track Listing:

  1. No Dave Party (pregap hidden track)
  2. He Who Laughs Last…
  3. File 13
  4. Wake-Up Call
  5. Cult Status
  6. Perfect Fit
  7. Advances In Modern Technology
  8. Theory of Revolution
  9. This Secret Ninja
  10. Soap-Box Derby
  11. Aspirin Free
  12. Fishbowl
  13. Charles Atlas
  14. Crop Tub
  15. Consult My Lover
  16. Take The Test
  17. Two Of A Kind
  18. Shatty Fatmas
  19. Yurf Rendenmein
  20. Modern Epic
  21. Who Said You Could Touch Me (Test Pressing and Vinyl Only)
  22. Rolling Balls (Test Pressing and Vinyl Only)
  23. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (Test Pressing and Vinyl Only)

Personnel:

Band Members:

  • Davey Havok – Lead Vocals
  • Mark Stopholese – Guitar and Backing Vocals
  • Geoff Kresge – Bass and Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums

Recording:

  • Recorded at T.M.L. Studios, Hayward, CA
  • Mastered at Future Disc by Eddie Schreyer
  • Produced by Michael Rosen and AFI
  • Sound Engineer: Michael Rosen

Other Information:

  • Cover drawn by Geoff Kresge
  • Cover designed by Winni Wintermeyer
  • Paul Marchand guest guitar on “No Dave Party”

Answer That and Stay Fashionable (1995)

Answer That and Stay Fashionable was the first full-length album released by hardcore punk band AFI. Originally released on July 4th, 1995 by Wingnut Records. Many discographies incorrectly report that it was originally released on August 1, 1995. Answer That and Stay Fashionable was recorded in Hayward, California at the studio of Andy Ernst with production help from Doug Sangalang, Tim Armstrong and Brett Reed. The album was re-issued through Nitro Records on April 22, 1997. The cover of the album is a parody of the film Reservoir Dogs, of which the album also contains audio excerpts. The album title stems from The Comic Strip Presents: “Bad News Tour”, excerpts of which are played at the start of “Don’t Make Me Ill” and the end of “Highschool Football Hero.”

The tracks “Two of a Kind” and “Yürf Rendenmein” were later re-recorded for the Very Proud of Ya album. The title of the song “Yürf Rendenmein” is a play on the phrase “your friend and mine.”

Track Listing:

  1. Two of a Kind
  2. Half-Empty Bottle
  3. Yürf Rendenmein
  4. I Wanna Get a Mohawk (But Mom Won’t Let Me Get One)
  5. Brownie Bottom Sundae
  6. The Checkered Demon
  7. Cereal Wars
  8. The Mother in Me
  9. Rizzo in the Box
  10. Kung-Fu Devil
  11. Your Name Here
  12. Ny-Quil
  13. Don’t Make Me Ill
  14. Open Your Eyes (Circus Tents cover)
  15. High School Football Hero (Hidden Track: Man In A Suitcase)
  16. Self-Pity (Vinyl Bonus Track)
  17. Key Lime Pie (Vinyl Bonus Track)

Personnel:

Band Members:

  • Davey Havok – Lead Vocals
  • Mark Stopholese – Guitar and Backing Vocals
  • Geoff Kresge – Bass and Backing Vocals
  • Adam Carson – Drums

Recording:

  • Recorded at Art of Ears in Hayward, CA
  • Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
  • Produced by AFI
  • Co-Produced by Doug Sangalang
  • Half-Empty Bottle and Your Name Here produced by Tim Armstrong and Brett Reed of Rancid.
  • Sound Engineer: Andy Ernst

Fly In The Ointment (1995)

Fly in the Ointment was an early EP released by AFI. Tracks 1-3 were re-recorded for Very Proud of Ya, and “Open Your Eyes” is the same as the version on the re-release of Answer That and Stay Fashionable but features different vocal tracks and a different mix. It was released on the March 31, 1995 on Wedge Records. The 1st pressing was on pale-green glow in the dark vinyl (and is probably the most sought after edition due to this treatment), the 2nd pressing was on translucent yellow vinyl and the 3rd pressing was on black vinyl.

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. Theory Of Revolution
  2. Crop Tub
  3. Cruise Control
  4. Open Your Eyes (Circus Tents Cover)

Bombing The Bay (1995)

“Bombing the Bay!” is a split 7″ single by Californian punk rock bands AFI and Swingin’ Utters. Originally released in 1995 on Sessions Records, it was later re-released with the label’s new logo.”Values Here” is a cover of Dag Nasty.

 

 

 

 

 

Track Listing:

  1.  Values Here – AFI
  2. Annul Pimple – Swingin’ Utters

AFI/Heckle Split (1995)

AFI/Heckle Split is a split album released in late 1995 on Wingnut Records. AFI’s contributions on this 7″ were later re-recorded for their second full-length release, Very Proud of Ya. The most common variation of this vinyl is the 2nd pressing (of 700) on black wax. The rarer variant is the 1st pressing on white vinyl (limited to 300), according to an interview with the owner of Wingnut Records, 50 of the 300 were never actually released and are still in their possession, making this one of AFI’s rarest early releases.

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. Aspirin Free – AFI
  2. Advances In Modern Technology – AFI
  3. Lemmings – Heckle
  4. Something Real – Heckle

This Is Berkeley, Not West Bay (1994)

This Is Berkeley, Not West Bay is a 7″ EP released in 1994 on Zafio Records, and featuring AFI, Screw 32, Dead and Gone, and Black Fork. The title and the cover of the EP is based on the Boston Hardcore compilation This Is Boston, Not L.A.. Zafio Records co-founder Jesse Luscious loved the original Boston compilation so much he chose to pay homage to it through this release of 4 of the best young east bay punk bands of the time. It was the first or close to the first official release of each band. All 4 were growing in popularity in the local do-it-yourself punk scene at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California.

The AFI song “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” features background vocals by Tim Armstrong of the band Rancid. This song was re-recorded for AFI’s album Very Proud of Ya, but was only featured on the vinyl version.

Track Listing:

  1. People’s Parking Lot – Black Fork
  2. Desperate – Dead And Gone
  3. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing – AFI
  4. Bandwagon – Screw 32

Eddie Picnic’s All Wet (1994)

Eddie Picnic’s All Wet is a live EP by AFI. It is currently out of print. The 7″ was originally pressed on pink vinyl and was limited to 200, which were hand-numbered on the back of the sleeve. A 2nd pressing was released and was limited to just 100.

 

 

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. Ny-Quil
  2. Rizzo In A Box
  3. Who Said You Could Touch Me?
  4. I Wanna Mohawk
  5. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

Behind The Times (1993)

Behind the Times is an EP released on June 11, 1993 on Key Lime Pie Records. This release was limited to 500 copies, in addition to test pressings. The 1st pressing of 400 and a 2nd pressing of 100 all on black vinyl. They can be distinguished, as the first pressing of the vinyl is translucent when viewed in front of light and the 2nd pressing is opaque black. Some of the first pressings also included an alternate version of the sleeve and a small thank-you list, which was not included with all copies. As of 2007 it has reached a value often over $200 on eBay auctions.

Tracks 1 and 2 were rerecorded and released on the vinyl pressing of Very Proud of Ya and later on the AFI retrospective. Tracks 3-5 were rerecorded for AFI’s debut full-length album, Answer That and Stay Fashionable.

Track Listing:

  1. Who Said You Could Touch Me?
  2. Rolling Balls
  3. High School Football Hero
  4. Rizzo In A Box
  5. Cereal Wars
  6. Born In The US of A

Dork (1993)

Dork EP was released on March 3, 1993 on Key Lime Pie Records. This is a split 7″ with Loose Change. This was AFI’s first release, and was limited to 222 copies but 12 were used for promotion and test pressing, so only 210 copies were sold. It was planned for reissue in 1995 but plans folded. An outtake from the Dork sessions, “Mini Trucks Suck,” was available for download via AFI’s official website for a short time. The cover is a picture of AFI drummer Adam Carson.

 

Track Listing:

  1. Self Pity
  2. Red Hat
  3. Ny-Quil

 

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