The guitar work is ...ok, the vocals I personally would not recommend to anyone suicidal. They are most definitely emo.
If you will read the example section of this post I have some definitions of emo for all of you who dont understand layman.
Davey is a complete flamer! I watched some of that afi dvd that came out and almost gagged.
No, he couldnt be wearing some decent gothic stuff onstage. He had to wear fruity eye shadow, nails painted the same way, and flippin bridal armwarmer things.
Besides not bending Jade over on stage and making him take it in the butt he is a flamer.
I can understand trying to reach the homosexual crowd but come on there has got to be another way.
Jade looks like he had a bad run in with some bleach and tried to comb it out. Hunter and Adam are the only normal ones who still play with the band and are friends with the flame cakes, they dont dress the part or act it.
The lyrics make me want to go play in traffic, the way he screams makes people wonder who is strangling the neighbors cat. I mean if your going to scream like that at least do it well. Most bands I like can scream and not have their voice crack part way. Frankly if your in love with this band then you need a life, because that band blows and blows hard.
So before you get all upset at me know this, I have listened to their music, i have seen some of the dvd, but i refuse to go to a lame concert. Thats why I dislike this band with a burning passion.
If I had to describe this band in one word it would be this.
Emo fashion is usually defined to have roots in punk fashion as well as gothic fashion.3 By almost all current definitions, emo clothing is characterized by tight jeans on males and females alike, long bangs often brushed to one side of the face, dyed black hair, tight
1990s to present
The word has more recently been used to describe a subculture as a slang term, but still describes a music genre as well. The term emo as a music genre has become broader and broader with time, and now is loosely understood to mean "rock music with emotionally-based lyrics or effect."
Because of this many people see them as an emo band, now based on a couple songs that they heard on the radio. AFI isn't exactly punk, and it isn't emo.
It's just... AFI. Who cares what scene they belong to? They have a unique touch and if you're into stuff with meaning than it'd be worth your time to try AFI.
AFI stands for "A Fire Inside."
2) People hate AFI and sometimes refer to it as "emo," it attempts to look hardcore and cool.
2) "Lol I hate AFI. HATING A BAND MAKES ME SO COOL. I hate you emos. Hahahaha." Really the people that pretend to hate bands are the most emo of all. XD
<poser ass-face> They are emo. I have never heard them. Ever. But I have heard that they are emo. Therefor: I hate them.
<knowledgeable person> *stomps on poser ass-face's neck and eats liver* hehe DIE POSERS lol
The next year they produced Very Proud of Ya, which was the same concept with more introspective lyrics and a tighter sound.
In 1997 they released Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes, with Hunter Burgan instead on bass. The album's blistering hardcore punk had elements of gothic lyrics in it.
A year later they came out with the Fire Inside EP, and they had officially changed their acronym to A Fire Inside (formerly Asking For It). This album was a transition for the band since it was the last to have Mark on guitar, and that they began developing a greater interest in goth-rock, covering "the hanging garden" by the cure.
1999 saw the release of Black Sails in the Sunset and the All Hallow's EP. they had Jade Puget on guitar, and he was also the main songwriter. Black Sails is considered one of their best albums, and improves their goth-punk sound on A Fire Inside to epic proportions, and Havok's lyrics improved as well. the All Hallow's EP included the essential AFI anthems "Fall Children" and "Totalimmortal"
Two years later, the song "Days of the Phoenix" hit mainstream radio, and they were back with The Art of Drowning, another goth-punk album with profounder lyrics and vocal improvement.
After releasing the two-song 10" vinyl EP, "336", in 2002 exclusively at Hot Topic stores, they went into the recording room at Dreamworks, and in 2003, came out with Sing the Sorrow. Many of their older fans lost interest at the slower songs found on that album, shedding entirely of its punk influences and exploring deep, brooding gothic musicality. The album was a hit and its videos were everywhere, from TRL to the video music awards
After a three-year hiatus, Decemberunderground was released on June 6, 2006, reaching an even wider audience with its single "Miss Murder". This album pleased both their old and new fans with a variety of songs. Songs like "Kill Caustic" and "Affliction" were more-melodic echoes of Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes, "Kiss and Control" and "Endlessly, SHe Said" sounded like B-sides from Sing the Sorrow, and the rest of their material is their most experimental to date and explores 80's goth and new wave, glam, and even arena-pop.
the singles (so far):
He Who Laughs Last
The Days of the Phoenix
Girls Not Grey
The Leaving Song Part II
Silver and Cold
Rabbits are Roadkill on Rt. 37
Love Like Winter
The Missing Frame
A.F.I. started adding more gothic influences to their punk music after the "A Fire Inside EP" (1998) Adeline Records. This includes "Black Sails in the Sunset" (1999 Nitro), "All Hallow's EP" (1999 Nitro), and "The Art of Drowning" (2000 Nitro) which gained more mainstream success then any other.
In 2002 AFI sold their souls to Dreamwork Records and MTV, releasing Sing The Sorrow(2003) and DecemberUnderground (2006 Interscope Records). Their music, look, and message went through an extreme change. They are well known by the mainstream and have a huge nazi-like new fanbase that knows little of the old punk band or scene. The new fans often think just because someone doesn't like AFI means they have never heard their music. Their music is now more heavy rock, new-wave emo, pop-punk sounding with a touch of flamboyantness. Some would even say AFI were kidnapped, murdered, and had their identities stolen by a group of giggling gay boys in eyeshadow who now pose as being "A.F.I.".
Old AFI fan: Davey Havok is gay and had a sex change.
New AFI fan: Well.. I STILL LOVE AFI, ALL THEIR ALBUMS ARE AMAZINGZ@!
Old AFI fan: Have you even heard anything by AFI before they left Nitro records?
New AFI fan: No, what other albums? OMGOMG MTV IS SHOWING THE RERUN OF AFI'S MUSIC VIDEO IN 5 MINUTES! BYE!