A.F.I. - Black Sails in the Sunset

Black Sails in the Sunset

I really am not sure about this one, so it's possible that I'll rewrite this review in a couple of weeks. It's one of those albums I guess you can't judge after just a few listenings. Although I must admit their previous release Very Proud Of Ya (1996) didn't come back in my CD player after a few listenings either. My first impression was that the band produces some good music but the vocals aren't what I prefer. I guess you could describe Davey Havok's vocals as coming from a guy with his balls between the door. Luckily Dexter Holland (Offspring) does some backing vocals on this one, and I remember some of my friends telling me just the same about his vocals a lot of years ago with their Smash-album before they got famous. Look where that has brought them, so who knows? A few songs I thought really have some potential as fast melodic punk songs (Narrative of Soul against Soul, No Poetic Device, The Last Kiss) , while others made me think this was an emo-metal band (Malleus Maleficarum) or something like Manic Street Preachers (Clove Smoke Catharsis).

Best songs: 
No Poetic Device