Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Torch Song" Is Last Title, 5-Track Sampler Of Crash Love Reviewed By Bombshell Magazine

Bombshell Magazine’s Deborah Konopnicki has received a 5-track sampler of Crash Love. From her review of the 5 songs, we have learned that the 12th track on the album is “Torch Song.” Click here to read her full post on Bombshell Magazine’s Web site. Here is what she had to say about each of the songs featured on the sample.

Torch Song: starts off sounding quite eerie before launching into a rocking guitar and drum fueled beat. This transforms into a rather epic sounding piece that is mimicked during the chorus, which features a strong choral backing that is sure to be replicated by AFI fans in a live setting. This entire song oozes with class due to the grand picture that it paints.. It could have been pulled right out of ‘Sing The Sorrow’, and marked down as one of the more powerful tracks. Davey sounds absolutely fantastic. Gone is his somewhat questionable shriek from the past few years while he delivers a flawless vocal performance. The verses have a slight ‘metal’ quality to them. Jade’s guitar work is again, immaculate. He manages to create the perfect sound for the song, which is sure to surprise and delight AFI fans.

Beautiful Thieves: is a slower song with a driving bass line that develops and builds up into a grand chorus with more backing vocals that fans will lap up. This song seems slightly more morbid with Davey questioning his mortality. He poses a number of questions that are sure to tweak the heartstrings of the listener. The simplicity of the verse leaves you feeling quite venerable, and possibly not expecting such a powerful middle section. AFI sure know how to write an emotional number. The song finishes in the same manner as the opening. Slow and beautiful.

End Transmission: has a slight 80’s vibe to the introduction that is evident throughout the entire song. There is piano present through a large portion which is quite uncommon for AFI, but it doesn’t feel forced. It blends in quite nicely with the vibrant pace. There is nothing much that really stands out for me (compared to the previous two tracks). With that said, it’s already at a much higher standard then Decemberunderground.

Medicate: is a track that has been floating around on the internet for the past couple of weeks, albeit a very poor quality rip from the new guitar hero game. If you were impressed by the rip, then just wait until you hear the song in it’s entirety. This one opens with some very epic guitar that slaps you in the face when Adam and Hunter join, with Davey chiming in with his trademark “oh!”, much like at the start of ‘This Celluloid Dream’. This song is heavy. Not in the Machine Head sense, but it is sure to create a scene at any AFI gig coming up. The opening and first verse “chug” along and cause some rather involuntary head banging. The song slows down at the bridge, leaving Davey quite vulnerable and emotional, with a slight hint of some electronics in the background that are so subtle that it fits in without standing out too much. After jetting back into the chorus, Jade showcases his talents with a blazing guitar solo that makes the song that much more impressive.

Darling, I Want To Destroy You: is another slow starting number that builds into the chorus. The guitar slightly resembles parts of ‘Summer Shudder’ from the previous cd, but only for a moment. The verses wouldn’t be out of place on an MGMT record with a vibe very similar to a couple of songs off their debut record. This song is clearly written about someone close to Davey, which differs from previous AFI songs. Most of Davey’s lyrics remain quite vague, leaving the listener the ability to develop their own interpretation, while this song is very specific. Compared to the other tracks, this one is quite simple, possibly a little bit similar to “Endlessly, She Said”. It’s not as strong, but it’s still rather impressive.

The reviewer also said:

“I was lucky enough to get a partial insight into the masterpiece that AFI are about to unleash. Like all of their work, this is nothing like their previous release. For me, this picks up where “Sing The Sorrow” left off. Unlike 2006′s effort, “Crash Love” captures that trademark AFI passion. It’s definitely less aggressive then Sing The Sorrow, but the emotion in the lyrics and the music are almost numbing. The only disappointing aspect of “Crash Love” is the apparent lack of another AFI trademark in an introduction track. Hopefully this leaves the door open for Miseria Cantare to make an appearance once again.”

It also turns out that the reviewer is a Despair Faction member. In the thread on the Official Message Board regarding this preview, she said the following:

“What I’ve heard so far is REALLY great. I haven’t NEEDED to listen to songs over and over like this in a little while. I figure that I was in the same place as most people on the board.. slightly hesitant with what the end result would be, but man.. I don’t have anything much else to say.”

“I haven’t heard the entire album yet.. and STS is just about my all time favorite cd, so [it being as good] is a BIG call! I guess I’m looking at it from the angle of progression. It doesn’t mimic STS, but you can make a comparison and still appreciate the new direction. I hope that makes sense.”

Note: On June 30, 2010 AFI News HQ was hacked and all posts were deleted. This is one of the posts that was affected. The text here was imported from a backup, but all of the original comments are gone and the author credited below is only responsible for reposting in most cases.

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