AFI, who have been around the music scene since 1991, seem to be trying to top the recently released Cults album “Static” as 2013’s most bitter breakup album.
Davey Havok, singer of AFI, spends the entirety of his band’s latest album, Burials, dissecting every minute flaw and imperfection of his last relationship, and, for the most part, it’s an exhilarating and emotional ride that sees AFI make their long-awaited return from their five-year absence.
Despite re-embracing the gothic leanings they had last fully employed on 2006’s Decemberunderground, and nearly all but avoided on 2009’s Crash Love, AFI, for the most part, sounds surprisingly fresh on their new album.
The opening track, the cinematic “The Sinking Night,” is a slow-boil epic but, truth be told, is not nearly as attention-grabbing as previous AFI opening tracks “Miseria Cantare – The Beginning” or “Prelude 12/21.” However, it sets the mood for the dark journey of Burials well enough.
The first single, “I Hope You Suffer,” begins with menacingly heavy drums, bass guitar and piano. Digital drum beats and effects fade in and out of the song like whispers. The use of electronic music is refreshingly minimal, and used only to accentuate the mood of the track – in some ways it sounds similar to the work Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross created for the soundtracks to The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.