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Decemberunderground [Bonus Tracks]

Decemberunderground [Bonus Tracks]

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by AFI

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AFI is a band lucky to own fiercely loyal fans who embrace -- and ultimately expect -- the gradual transformation the band has undergone with each album since 1999's Black Sails in the Sunset. Where many bands get called out for signing to a major label or even just maturing their sound over time, AFI<


AFI is a band lucky to own fiercely loyal fans who embrace -- and ultimately expect -- the gradual transformation the band has undergone with each album since 1999's Black Sails in the Sunset. Where many bands get called out for signing to a major label or even just maturing their sound over time, AFI fans have chiefly stayed devoted to their ever-evolving goth-punk heroes. With that in mind, Decemberunderground comes as AFI's follow-up to their ambitious major-label smash Sing the Sorrow. Due to the clever production tricks employed on that album, fans might expect even more intricate arrangements, sound effects, and sonic landscapes to emerge from the wintry packaging of Decemberunderground. To an extent this is true, but it's more that the cloudy gloom permeating their career thus far has lifted, allowing a relatively tighter and lighter overall album to emerge. Take the band's traditional prelude for instance: this time it's infused with stirring strings and an uplifting dance-pop beat that is a far cry from the dark and eerie call-to-arms chants of previous albums. And though "Kill Caustic" (and later "Affliction") brings AFI's earlier hardcore punch, if you thought "Girl's Not Grey" was poppy, check out this record's lead single, "Miss Murder." Despite a slightly ominous undertone, the glam-tinged song is damn near playful and sunny amid bouncy rhythms, vaguely industrial beats, background "hey!"s (courtesy of AFI's fan brotherhood, the Despair Faction), and a bassline that could have been swiped from Green Day. The band further dips its hand into new wave exploits ("37mm"), truly stirring choruses ("Summer Shudder"), stark electro vibrations ("Love Like Winter"), and the customary ballad ("Endlessly, She Said"). AFI even comes as close as they probably ever will to sounding like U2 in "The Missing Frame." Somehow, the guys have managed to combine hardcore instincts with dark emo-coated lyrics, synth shimmies, gothic aesthetics, and electronic beats into a sound that still remains wholly AFI. So maybe that's why fans have stuck by the band over all these years. Even as the guys stretch and flex their songwriting muscles, they never fail to remember where they came from, instead using their past work as the foundation to their essential growth. Decemberunderground may have more fully realized doses of pop and electronic music present, but the core of AFI's sound never strays too far from what listeners have grown to love about them in the first place.

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Universal Uk


Album Credits

Performance Credits

AFI   Primary Artist
Melisane Maxwell   Background Vocals
Joe McGrath   Background Vocals
John Powe   Background Vocals
Tyler Stewart   Background Vocals
Jerry Finn   Background Vocals
Davey Havok   Vocals,Group Member
Dave McCracken   Keyboards
Jade Puget   Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Ralph Saenz   Background Vocals
Adam Carson   Drums,Group Member
Ryan Wilson   Background Vocals
Diana Miranda   Background Vocals
Ronan Harris   Keyboards
Ryan Downey   Background Vocals
Brandan Schieppati   Background Vocals
Keith Barney   Background Vocals
Luke Wood   Background Vocals
Omar Alcibar   Background Vocals
Wallace Deveries   Background Vocals
Christopher Dominey   Background Vocals
Sonia Dubon   Background Vocals
Griselda Gomez   Background Vocals
Brittany Manchatta   Background Vocals
Laura Mathis   Background Vocals
Talia Nissimyan   Background Vocals
Gavin Rattmann   Background Vocals
Jeff Sagud   Background Vocals
Caitlin Sanchez   Background Vocals
Dan Under   Background Vocals
Chris Kelly [Choir Practice]   Background Vocals
Hunter   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Joe McGrath   Engineer
Trent Reznor   Composer
Butch Vig   Producer
Jerry Finn   Producer,Audio Production
AFI   Composer
Dave McCracken   Programming
Jade Puget   Programming
Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
Alan Forbes   Illustrations
Ronan Harris   Programming

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Decemberunderground 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing. as usual, the missing frame is the low point of the whole cd..kiss and control is the high point..the interview is amazing same with love like winter. 37mm is very interesting and kinda reminded me of nin..summer shudder is soon to be a classic..affliction is the dancing through sunday of the album. killing lights is very catchy and has meaningful lyrics. endlessly she said is a little repetitive but still great in its own way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started to listen to afi last year but i love them!!!!! i will definatley listen to their older cds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For everybody who says that AFI is emo, you're wrong. AFI has been around for many years now, fifteen to sixteen years, and they are very experienced. Back when they first started out they WERE punk, but they have changed drastically throughout the years, I must admit. This album is wonderful and the songs are wonderfully written. Lead singer, Davey Havok has a very alluring voice that will make you listen to each song over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had bought this album Prior to hearing Miss Murder on MTV I loved the album it is great. Some call it Emo others call it Punk. I don't care what genre it is good. yeah the band might have changed there sound from The Art of Drowning but It is still very good. Buy this album it is great
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yo yo yo! Wassup...fright fans? This AFI CD is the best music I've ever heard but It is the only Cd I own so... BUY. Right. Now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was not there best CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
Decemberunderground is a great CD. However, it did not 1up sing the sorrow as I thought it would. Most of the songs are good, but overall the CD just didn't live up to STS. It drifted more towards a more Electronic 80's punk sound, which is good, but just doesn't live up to its predesesors. Buy it if you are an AFI fan, preview it first if you are not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the new CD! I was worried that it wouldn't be anything compared to Sing the Sorrow, especially with Davey having had the surgery, but I loved every minute of it. This album stays true to the songs they began with, while also exploring mediums they've never used. A Must Have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first when I heard this CD i was like their crazy. Then I had start listening to it over and over then I was like their amazing. I got really attracted to 'the interveiw',then to endlessly she said', and finally 'love like winter'. Their totally awsome I recomend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd rox! i lv it my fav songs are "miss murder" , "love like winter" , and "summer shudder"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally like this cd, and will definetly look into their previous ones. I found it completly enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With "Decemberunderground", AFI continues to progress and evolve without losing its edge or identity. "Decemberground" is an excellent album that maintains its hardcore roots ("Kill Caustic", "Affliction"), but explores electronic elements more extensively ("37mm", "Love Like Winter"). The album has its more radio-friendly numbers like "Miss Murder" and "Love Like Winter", but songs like "Summer Shudder" and "The Missing Frame" represent a newer sound that takes their music to the next level, especially with the epic chorus of "The Missing Frame". Perhaps the most diverse track that is a true album highlight is "The Interview". Its soaring, but also whisper-like vocals as well as the organ in the outro make it a sure classic. If you liked "Sing The Sorrow", you will enjoy "Decemberunderground" just as much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is nothing like anything else AFI has ever recorded. Fortunately, this is a good thing. A lot of old AFI fans that are into their hardcore/punk stuff seem to hate this CD, but I think its good that AFI changes with each CD. Sure, I love their old stuff, but with each CD they progress to a new style, and it works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just their best. Get it. If you want an older AFI, don't look here either. AFI progresses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I thought it just wasn't as good as its predessessors, but I was wrong. It is just as good as the others. Sure, everyone has an opinion of there personal favorite, but I'm not here to tell you about mine. DU is just plain great. AFI experiments with some different sounds, while still holding on to their roots. Just listen to it. Oh yeah, if anyone says that AFI has "Sold Out", they are wrong. I saw them live, and they were the farthest thing from being "sell outs". They sounded perfect, and Davey even went out into the croud (he still has that hardcore punk in 'im!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Decemberunderground is part of a continuous thread of life, emotion, experience, musical growth and transformation = trancendence to another level. Come and join us fans on the AFI ride - like a mysterious roller coaster through light and darkness, Love, fear, courage, all the things one can feel given lyrics & instrumentation - it is not just an album, any CD to add to one's collection, it is a mindset, a journey, it envelops you and you can't stop playing it and hearing something new or feeling more in tune and comfortable with it at the same time. Some say it grows on you - I say you grow with it, and with the band. As fans chant in live shows, hear this and prior CD's and 'you are now one of us!' Welcome and enjoy! You must have A Fire Inside!
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