Decemberunderground

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
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.
New York Times - Sia Michel
It's the same trendy 1980's vibe milked by She Wants Revenge and the Killers, but AFI bring an edge of punk menace.... Vastly entertaining.
Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
The most melodically acute distillation of [their] style yet. (B+)
Hartford Courant - Eric R. Danton
If you buy into the idea that misery loves company, and you find comfort in anguished music, this is the soundtrack for you.

The most melodically acute distillation of [their] style yet. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602498573938
  • Catalog Number: 000685402
  • Sales rank: 36,201

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude 12/21 (1:34)
  2. 2 Kill Caustic (2:39)
  3. 3 Miss Murder (3:26)
  4. 4 Summer Shudder (3:06)
  5. 5 The Interview (4:16)
  6. 6 Love Like Winter (2:45)
  7. 7 Affliction (5:28)
  8. 8 The Missing Frame (4:40)
  9. 9 Kiss and Control (4:18)
  10. 10 The Killing Lights (4:04)
  11. 11 37mm (3:55)
  12. 12 Endlessly, She Said (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
AFI Primary Artist
Steve Cunningham Background Vocals
Chris Kelly Background Vocals
Phillip Read Mason Background Vocals
Melisane Maxwell Background Vocals
Joe McGrath Background Vocals
John Powe Background Vocals
Jackie Simley 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
Nick 13 Background Vocals
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
Despair Faction Background Vocals
Wallace Deveries Background Vocals
Christopher Dominey Background Vocals
Sonia Dubon Background Vocals
Griselda Gomez Background Vocals
Phillip Madson 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
Hunter Burgan Bass, Keyboards, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Joe McGrath Engineer
Jerry Finn Producer
AFI Composer
Dave McCracken Programming
Jade Puget Programming
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Alan Forbes Illustrations
Ronan Harris Programming
Hunter Burgan Programming
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A to the W to the E to the S to the O to the M to the E!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is what got me in to AFI

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a really great band

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrible

    Another horrible emo band. Some reviewers called them punk....really? Come on. This is for kids who haven't reached puberty. Another Fallout Boy like band. Same riffs over and over again.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    decemberunderground

    I just started to listen to afi last year but i love them!!!!! i will definatley listen to their older cds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A result of how major-label companies change a band...

    Well, personally, Im a big AFI fan. One of my favorite punk-rock bands of all time pretty much. I have four of their older albums which are entirely amazing. Then they put out Sing the Sorrow. My review on that was that it was ok, but not great. I heard somewhere that they got signed by a company that Disney owned, and apparently they just play stuff that sounds suitable for a young kid to hear. The point is.... its changed to where I can almost know what to expect when they play the song. In the older albums, everything was going back and forth with the chords and rhythms and thats what made it enjoyable for me. With them on their "mainstream" kick, its just well.... boring. They have some catchy tunes and all, but thats about it. Decemberunderground is no different. All it is is mainstreamed music blocking off them having the ability to just play whatever they want and enjoy themselves. I'd say if you are a first time listener, then go for it. Buy the cd. If you enjoy it, more power to you. But for people that have been with the band for a while, I strongly suggest that if you wanna see the band at their full potential, then stick with their older albums. Bands change I'm aware of that, but if a band was really full-hearted about their music, they wouldn't have a label company control what and how they play their music.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OH la la

    I personally like this cd, and will definetly look into their previous ones. I found it completly enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not their best

    it was not there best CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow!

    this cd rox! i lv it my fav songs are "miss murder" , "love like winter" , and "summer shudder"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    take a second look

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Step In The Right Direction

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't stop playing it over and again truly Inspired

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Defintely Different...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quality

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AFI's Best.

    Just their best. Get it. If you want an older AFI, don't look here either. AFI progresses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New & Awesome, Still True.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its afi what do you expect

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grows onto you...

    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!).

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    Posted January 15, 2009

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    Posted November 23, 2009

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