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Old 05-24-2006, 10:05 PM   #1
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AFI's new record heavily u2-influenced

Decemberunderground has leaked, but will be in stores 6/6/06. Some songs are on Myspace and afireinside.net.

There's some stuff on this album that damn near bugged my eyes right out of my head as far as hearing such a strong u2 flavor in a place I didn't expect it. My God. Jade Puget is already an amazing guitarist... adding the Edge-tones is simply sublime....
The song The Missing Frame's entire structure hits you straight out of 1981, an unholy mix of Gloria and Like A Song... Kiss And Control's lead-in seems to be both homage and allusion to Bullet The Blue Sky, and an all-too-brief guitar solo in The Killing Lights instantly calls forth the Red Rocks version of The Electric Co.

This album isn't a total breakaway from their earlier work but an evolution.
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Intriguing. Jade Puget is indeed a guitarist to be reckoned with. I was listening to one of their live songs the other day and damn near fell out of my chair at how awesome his guitar playing is. He has reminded me of Edge before, so I see what you're saying.

I cannot wait to hear this album. But other than listening to Miss Murder, I'm waiting to savor the official release.
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I don't know. I heard the lead single(Miss Murder) and personally I thought it sucked. the songs on their myspace sound aweful too. AFI was once good but now they sound as if they're simply catering to the masses and not ina good way. their music sounds shallow now as if they're intentionally trying to fit in with the pop/punk thing that's going on now. It doesn't sound genuine to me. I'm actually really disapointed with the direction they've gone over the last two albums.

A band that actually sounds really good and has an obvious u2 influence is Tom Delonge's new band Angels and Airwaves. Unfortunately his singing still reaks of Blink 182
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It doesn't sound genuine to me. I'm actually really disapointed with the direction they've gone over the last two albums.

They're grown men in their 30s, they're not gonna sound the same way they did when they put out Black Sails in The Sunset, which was when I first got into them.

I absolutely adored Sing the Sorrow, so I can see why you may be disenchanted with the direction they've gone.
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Decemberunderground is an evolution of that sound... once you head the entire album all the way through a few times, you realise that it's got nothing at all to do with any current trend at all....

There is some new exploration towards using electronics thanks to a collaboration with Ronan Harris of VNV Nation and it works extremely well.

The B-side to the exclusive Miss Murder single, a cover of INXS's "Don't Change" shocked the shit out of me at first. I totally expected them to hit it hard, with all of the 1982 original's energy that I grew to love on long car drives with Shabooh Shoobah in the tape deck... They took it and made it fragile and crystalline as glass. By the third listen i was over my "WTF??" and completely owned.

It's not for everyone. It's certainly not for people who think everything AFI has done since Jade Puget joined the band has sucked or been "the wrong direction". But give the record an honest listen when it drops, you might be surprised. You know better than to trust a Myspace compressed mp3 for quality.....
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My pants are heavily U2-influenced.
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^ I'm glad to hear it

Is there anywhere I can download the album from? AFI are alright, I have a few of their older songs, but I'm not willing to buy the album....
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^ I'm glad to hear it

Is there anywhere I can download the album from? AFI are alright, I have a few of their older songs, but I'm not willing to buy the album....
wow, that's... brazen.
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Then it's good music!
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wow, that's... brazen.
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"Is there anywhere I can download the album from? AFI are alright, I have a few of their older songs, but I'm not willing to buy the album...."
Why in the name of all that's holy would I give you a free download link to a record (that's not even released yet) made by a band whose work I admire and support, who actually need the money?

You want to hear it? Buy it. Or fuck off.
Don't ever ask me for something like that.
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You want to hear it? Buy it. Or fuck off.
Don't ever ask me for something like that.
Calm down! There's no need to be rude, and can you honestly tell me that you've never illegally downloaded something? I seriously doubt it..

And come, on "they need the money" - yeah right. They're a pretty mainstream band, it's not as if they don't have a record deal on a major label....
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My pants are heavily U2-influenced.
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You want to hear it? Buy it. Or fuck off.
Don't ever ask me for something like that.

completely uncalled for....

however, thanks for the link and the info. I'm way too busy these days to keep up with new music by bands I like. I only find out stuff through this forum.
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^^ I need to get myself some of those!
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completely uncalled for....

seeing as the mods at this forum suspend people for requesting links to download u2's official releases, i think it was completely warrented.


i'll probably pick up this album eventually. miss murder is decent.
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