AFI (also referred to as The Blood Album) is the self-titled tenth studio album by American rock band AFI. It was released on January 20, 2017, through Concord Bicycle Music. The album release includes four limited sleeve art and vinyl color variants, corresponding to each of the four members of AFI, and associated with each of the four blood groups (A, O, B and AB).
AFI (also referred to as The Blood Album) is the self-titled tenth studio album by American rock band AFI. The album release includes four limited vinyl color variants matching the four blood types (A O B AB). Hailed by many critics as a comeback album, AFI saw the band largely return to a post-hardcore sound while at the same time experimenting with everything from post punk to jangle pop.
The Blood Album' has AFI once-again embracing their status as no-F's given group of artists. Many folks here will try to tie this album, and certain tracks, back to previous albums - clutching onto and being compared to 'classic' remnants from the past releases of Black Sails, TAOD, and STS. That's the wrong approach. Make no mistake about it, in reality, 'The Blood Album' is its own work in the fullest, and it is excellent . Finally, this is the return of AFI. There is not one bad song on this album. This album is brutality, romanticism, unity, drama, and alienation that we haven't truly seen, in full, since 'Sing The Sorrow' - but don't try and compare to the past. This album is its own. Just throw it on, and let it take you.
AFI combine elements from their last four albums and churn out a lifeless, personalityless record that is worse than the albums it apes. The 80s post-punk influences from Burials are largely still intact, but they feel stifled, are less abundant, and often can’t compete with AFI’s desire to make pop-rock. Blood Album isn’t quite as poppy as Crash Love or Decemberunderground, or as brooding as Burials, which results in an extremely uneven sound, with two distinct styles fighting for supremacy. The biggest fault with The Blood Album is that there’s zero fresh ideas, and there’s no ambition; saying AFI is on autopilot on this record would be an insult to all the work autopilots do. I listened to Sing The Sorrow in anticipation for this record, and Silver and Cold has been stuck in my head ever since.
If AFI wanted to reinvent themselves with streamlined and sober pop-rock, more power to them, but that’s not what The Blood Album does. There are still those moments that simultaneously speak to their strengths ( Hidden Knives ), but also bring up the question, why listen to AFI ? This band doesn’t work in any specific musical genre so much as they do smeared-guyliner dramatics that never go out of style yet are in dire short supply right now, the developing of which is its own kind of craft.
Time flies! It's hard to believe that AFI are now ten albums into their music career. At a point where you typically start to see some sag in the quality of what most veteran bands put out, AFI continue to thrive and appear to be on an uptick in their career. The band's latest is a self-titled release with the subtitle The Blood Album, and it's appropriate as you can feel the blood, sweat and tears all over this new collection as they take you on a journey, working in elements of punk, darkwave and straight-forward rock into a solid top-to-bottom listen. As guitarist Jade Puget.
There's certainly enough here to prove that post-Nitro AFI are a better and stronger group, unafraid to continue pushing their sound with each release.