Though the band had already scored a breakthrough with their 2000 album The Art Of Drowning and its standout single “The Days Of The Phoenix”, AFI’s brand of punchy, melodic punk rock and post-hardcore lended itself well to the oft-dreaded “mature” album. Of course, their 2003 major-label debut Sing The Sorrow probably shouldn’t be labeled as such, but it is the album that introduced them to a much wider fanbase.
A big surprise for anyone who happens to be awake right now – AFI has released a new single, “Get Dark”, off their upcoming EP The Missing Man. Teased previously this year, it’s the band’s first new material since 2017’s self-titled album (AKA The Blood Album), and interestingly it’s a sort of throwback to the band’s roots. Think Sing The Sorrow or maybe even something off the underrated Crash Love. In other words, if you’re an older fan of the band who might be disillusioned by the recent direction AFI has headed in, “Get Dark” will likely pull you in. Check out the new song below.
A far cry it may be from “Days Of The Phoenix” or even their 2003 breakout Sing The Sorrow, but AFI’s polarizing 2006 album Decemberunderground, which turns 14 years old today, is certainly an important evolution for the band. Though a lot of the synthpop and retro influences were thought to be sellout material by many of the band’s longtime fans, it’s still a good album that also debuted on the charts at #1.
Decemberunderground is an album that’s much more than just a set of singles slapped together. Deeper cuts like the moody “Kill Caustic” and expansive “The Missing Frame” are two of the best songs AFI has ever written, while “Love Like Winter” remains a staple song in the band’s setlist to this day. And let’s be honest, who can forget hearing “Miss Murder” play endlessly on radio and TV stations? Those were the days.