AFI - Black Sails In The Sunset (Cover Artwork)


AFI: Black Sails In The SunsetBlack Sails In The Sunset (1999)
Nitro Records

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Contributed by: god_called_in_sickgod_called_in_sick
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I can't believe this album has never been reviewed. It's one of the best CD's I've ever heard. There's always that one band when you first hear them, you're sort of like: 'holy shit.' AFI was that one band for me. This stuff was weird at first, but after you listen to it for a while.
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I can't believe this album has never been reviewed. It's one of the best CD's I've ever heard.

There's always that one band when you first hear them, you're sort of like: 'holy shit.' AFI was that one band for me.

This stuff was weird at first, but after you listen to it for a while it becomes amazingly good. Every riff seems to fit and, while the new album wasn't great, this one proves that they were once the greatest band around.

It had magic, this stuff was good. It was sort of a Misftis, Nerve Agents evil sound, but there was something else. Something that made AFI good and set them apart from the rest.

It was heavier than either of the two, and more of an epic sound to it. Each song seemed to be buliding to something that blew you away.

'Porphyria'-blows your ass away. The first song was just the chant: 'Strength Through Wounding.' It's good, but not great. This song was where it started and didn't stop.

Every song after that had the heaviest, angriest riffs every recorded. They were good. The guitar was fast and technical. The bass player never seemed to fucking stop. And the drumming, it was good. It didn't seem to be at first, but if you keep listening the drumming seems to carry every song. All the changes and breakdowns seemed to fit with the drums perfectly. Goddamn it was good.

This is where Davey Havok seemed to jump out at us. His awesome screams he showed on: 'shut your mouth and open your eyes.' were still there but now he was singing, too. Where the hell did that come from?

'Clove Smoke Catharsis' is where the album hits you with his singing. I know he sings before this, but this is the song were you started to *really* notice it. Even though Dexter Holland, from the amazingly bad Offspring, still didn't ruin the song. His back up vocals seemed to work, for whatever reason.

The rest of the album bounces around between amazing parts. 'The Prayer Position' kicks some awesome ass. Good emotional breakdown's abound, and it still stays hardcore.

It's sooooo fucking good. I'm not even going to finish this review because nothing I could say would do this album justice. Just download some songs off: 'Black Sails In The Sunset' or, hell, you might even go actually pay for the album instead of ripping them off and you'll see what I'm talking about. 'Art of Drowning' is good, but you have to hear this album first.



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Chaosweaver144 (March 25, 2010)

First album I've ever heard by them, yet I'm unclear if it's my favorite by them. Technically, I'd call it their best, though. Really, I can't think of anything else that can be compared to their '98-00' sound.

StandAlone (October 3, 2009)

AFI's best. Hands down. Fantastic album. Great mix of Punk, Hardcore, and AFI's moodiness. Everything blends so well on this record.

dbug (February 23, 2009)

Agreed! This is their greates, I don't put down their newest stuff, bands progress, thats just how it goes. But, this one is one of my all time favorites!

bosox6969 (December 24, 2008)

favorrite afi cd.

Cpk (December 28, 2007)

Amazing and argubly there greatest alblums out to this day i dont know or care what has happend to them with there newest cd but theyll always b my favorite band

thomas7155 (August 29, 2007)

i don't hate A.F.I. for what they're doing now. but this is definetly what i enjoy more.

Johnnygoska19 (May 22, 2007)

Fuckin awesome cd. I listen to this and then hear their new shit on the radio and just think to myself what the fuck happened. AFI used to be such a great punk band but now they sold out to the mianstream pop punk emo bullshit

hxcjfi (February 2, 2007)

This album is so good people who disagree are belittling the holy spirit that is AFI. It deserves much more than a 10.

Anonymous (June 20, 2006)

This album is really intense. So much energy, creativity and just pure adrenaline pump through all of the tracks, it's hard to not pin this as the outing where AFI really hit their stride. I got into them around the time of Sing the Sorrow, but i really think this album is the band at their best. Check it out if you're even mildly interested in what these guys have to offer.

GreenVandal (May 7, 2006)

I wrote a review of this too! (I suck this albums dick just as hard though)

Anonymous (September 11, 2005)

this album was very good but i think there best album was Answer that and stay fashionable

Patio (February 17, 2005)

linkin park is a terrible band and very boring and have no talent and repataive in there music. but they wont just pass over lol cause now they have black ppl likeing there music lol there whores. Limp bizkit just sucked haha they already did pass over lol

Anonymous (February 10, 2005)

lol afi isnt just punk lol u have a metaphoric lyrics and tell me a band that as that much of talent to do that. Davey acually sings and switches things around, so does everyone else . They worked there asses off to get where they are now idk but can u tell me another band that sounds like and lhave a simalir lyrics . And danzig his voice is nothing like daveys and if u liek danzig and davey and misfits beats and davey lyrics u would like son of sam there grood and another thing a punk bassist rock guitarist and punk drummer and u put that in one u dont get pure punk with that lol maybe. AFI worked there ass off and love what they do. they have prolly the most dedicated fans eve. afi worked there ass off and yea 90% of there songs r grood

Anonymous (May 16, 2004)

Thank you Dexter for AFI

Anonymous (May 4, 2004)

this band is so fucking overrated. they are just like linkin park and limp bizket, it will blow over

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

Screw ya'll

Anonymous (July 27, 2003)

AFI rule it is the best album
tho the offspring arnt terribly bad and without them AFI might not have even got signed up also if u ever saw AFI live u would know that strength through wounding is better than good

Anonymous (May 8, 2003)

Awesome melodic punk with great backing vocals,. GET THIS !

Anonymous (February 23, 2003)

My second fav album of all time. Shitty review though. So shitty that im gonna go do my own!

Anonymous (January 14, 2003)

ya, AFI is kickass... and the Black Sails in the Sunset album ruled
The Offspring may be good but they are not as good as AFI... just making the comparison since everyone else has

Why is everyone making the comparison though? Their styles are kinda different.. apples and oranges, dudes... apples and oranges.

Anonymous (September 20, 2002)

still you playing bass/guitar for seven years has nothing to do with stupid comments. And if punks so origianl how come everyone and their dog is in a punk band? Well, I'll answer my own question by saying its because for the most part its just three chords and therefore its easier than a lot of music.

Vien (September 19, 2002)

First of all tgarn, Playing three chords for 7 seven years seems like a fuckin' waste, gimme a little credit. When I siad I've been playing music for that length of time, I've meant through my experience, believe it or not, punk rock is one of the most diverse music I've encountered. It's really foolish, to say punk rock music is not original and even more to lable a band a sellout for having a little talent. Punk rock is alot more than just 3 chords, shit, any punk band can play 3 chords(ex. the casualties), but a GOOD band can give you so much(ex. rancid) with great credibility. This music has so much potential, it would be down right retarted to limit what it's capable of.

Anonymous (September 19, 2002)

"I've been playing bass/guitar in punk bands for almost 7 years now, and that's one of the lamest quotes about punk musically that I've ever heard." Vien, although you might be my father, that my friend was one of the most rhetoric statements I've ever heard. Those two phrases have no correlation between them at all. And three chords done for seven years is still just three chords. Now, let the tgarn bashing begin.

Anonymous (September 19, 2002)

punk is about change and originality, whoever thinks otherwise is either a dumb kid or someone who has seriously lost their way. This album is good, I've always thought this band was good, not excellent, but good. Davey is trying way to hard to be Danzig though, and it isn't working- Davey's voice just simply isn't nearly as good as Danzig's, most voices aren't. But all in all AFI is a good band, much better than all the pop shit and lame imitator bands. The only 3 good "punk" bands on the radio right now- Bad Religion, Pennywise, and AFI.

latenightdrinker (September 19, 2002)

Davey's vocals are way too raw on this album. Sounds like he's trying too hard - listen to TAOD

Vien (September 18, 2002)

I've been playing bass/guitar in punk bands for almost 7 years now, and that's one of the lamest quotes about punk musically that I've ever heard.

tgarn (September 18, 2002)

"Personally, though, they've done nothing original at all, really" I dont know if any of you noticed but punk in general is not all that original, and if a punk band does something out of the ordinary their not punk anymore(possibly even sellouts by most of your opinions)

Lunk (September 18, 2002)

Four words:
whoa on the whoas

Anonymous (September 18, 2002)

Good review, but the chanting at the begining is, "through our bleeding, we are one.'

Anonymous (September 18, 2002)

one of the most overated bands going right now. This is there best album though, and, they are actually very nice guys to talk to. Personally, though, they've done nothing original at all, really, and i think Davey's voice is annoying, but, to each his own.

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

From the library of cal state fullerton:

Tgarn. No, I have two testicles, but I do have a narrow urethra. :)


Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

AFI kicks ass. This review was a little weak, though. I would have to say that very proud and answer that are two of my tops, but i've seen them live 4 times, so the cd's don't compare.
email me: kargutusa@netscape.net

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

Check that di = do

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

He, He, Tgarn. I already put it on this thread. I di think it was better though.

tgarn (September 17, 2002)

Ok lets do a little experiment. We'll go back into the archives and look at every band that has a succesful follow up to a not so successful album. My hypothesis is that the majority of the comments will say,"dude, this CD sucks, you should get the old one." Any bets?

tgarn (September 17, 2002)

Thank God, I finally found my father. Vien do you also have only one testicle?

Vien (September 16, 2002)

Tgarn my boy, If you can actually read a little bit closer, I was clearly on your side. I know who I'm insulting, so don't cry, it's not about you. Children....

tgarn (September 16, 2002)

Vien, if you would notice I was mocking the comment below me with the equation. And besides I'm a full grade up than what you predicted.

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

Check out the Nerve Agents if you like old AFI...


waste_elite (September 16, 2002)

i hate "whoas"

"na na na's" are where its at

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

Good album, I just hope AFI don't go the way of the Offspring.

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

God called in sick, you sound like some 3rd grader whose lunch money was stolen. It's okay to have a different opnion, just back it up and don't cry like a little girl. The offspring still can produce a great song here and there but they completly butchered "total immortal". That was almost as bad as pretty fly for a white guy. As for AFI, this album is fantastic. Hands down...

god_called_in_sick (September 15, 2002)

Who cares if I don't like the Offspring? Everyone who's saying that I'm stupid because I don't like the Offspring, you can all go fuck yourself. I thought punk was about being open minded and being entitled to your own fucking opinion. I guess I'm not allowed to have an opinion, though. Everyone should love the Offspring. They're are soooooooo good.
I don't like their music. That's my opinion. You don't have to agree with me, but leave me the fuck alone if all you want to do is bitch about how I said the Offspring sucks.

P.S. I wasn't what you would call: "sober" when I wrote the review so I couldn't think of anything else beside the word: "good" when I wrote it. Sorry.

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

Black sails is the best AFI (except maybe All Hallows)
But if you like AFI you guys should check out 12cent. Kick ass boston band.

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

YOu guys need to stop comparing The Offspring to AFI. They both have their own unique styles. They both have their times>AFI is now. The Offspring's was 5-6 years ago. so stop doing equations cause it is pointless. should just egt along.

Vien (September 15, 2002)

Oh yeah genius, you really show your knowledge by using "real complex" formulas like x > y. Way to show up those 3rd graders. Dumbass.

tgarn (September 15, 2002)

"Older Offspring > any AFI." im no mathamitician but I know a wrong equation when I see it

Vien (September 15, 2002)

Offspring 4500000/4500000 X 0 =

Answer: 0

-Professor Vien

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

Didnt the Offspring do a cover of "Total Immortal?"

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

I love this album too, but I think it is AFI's worst. Not to offend, but their other albums are much better. My fav. is easily "Open Your Eyes and Shut Your Mouth". "A Single Second" is their best song ever in my opinion and it is on that album. Kinda gives a little bias to O.Y.E.A.S.Y.M. I love them all though, don't get me wrong.

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

i love AFI and i agree that black sails in the sunset is a good cd, but it doesn't even compare to very proud of ya. I would have to say that very proud of ya is AFI's best album ever.

email me at: bigfatstupidman@punkhardcore.net

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

im a huge afi fan and id have to say this is afi's best album.

ps. any afi is better than any offspring

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

older offspring better than afi? maybe old afi. but black sails is better than any offspring album, yea ignition too, i know that shit. wait that 'pretty fly for a white guy' and 'original prankster' are waaaay better songs than 'god called in sick today'. fuckin moron. don't ever say offspring are better dork. this is probably in my top 10 punk albums i own.

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

I agree that Black Sails kicked ass, but I think every single song on every album of theirs is amazing and I still think they are the greatest band in the entire world and that will never EVER change!

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

Older Offspring > any AFI.

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

I have to admit i think this is the worst AFI album and to whoever said shut your mouth is the best of the old shut your mouth is when they began the new stuff answer that and very proud of ya are the best AFI albums to date period.

Vien (September 15, 2002)

Wow it's pretty funny that annonymous got drunk that night while an AFI record was on, considering the fact that 3 of the members are straight edge, Hi-larious!

evildeadalive (September 15, 2002)

Good album, but a bit cheesy at times.

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

This is the best CD of their "new" style and Shut Your Mouth...is their best "old" sound.

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

this might be the worst review i've ever read. you sound like you're 12. good album though

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

"amazingly bad Offspring" Go fuck yourself, of better yet go hear some stuff from Ignition or their Self Titled. AFI, I'm sooo bad, look at me mom I'm a rebel. I use to like AFI until you said that. (Want to bitch at me: swimmer_guy69@hotmail.com)

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

This album rocks. I dont know wtf the guy has against Dexter & The Offspring. Yeah the radio shit sucks but the rest is good stuff. And what is this about AFI and a major label debut. THey signed on to Nitro for another 2 albums....

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

learn a word other then good, "the drumming, it was good" one of many examples....

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

This is, without a doubt, AFI's best album. It is my opinion that the only people who think otherwise consider themselves to be "punk" or hardcore aficianados. Sure, I'll admit that the first 3 full lengths were great for different reasons. The first two for their punk rock revival sound, the third for its hardcore influences. But this album is the culmination of all years of fine tuning and evolving a particular sound. Even people who initially hate this album end up loving it after listening to it numerous times. Like most music that is truely great, it reveals itself to you slowly. I hope AFI stray as far away from punks fans and their idiotic dogma as possible, the further the better.

xhikex (September 14, 2002)

With regards to Mr. Anonymous, getting drunk and acting retarded is all part of the game. After all, you're the one who decided that getting married was a good idea. Suck it up. I'm sure your relatives were far more offended by the music they were subjected to rather than your misguided ways.

aubin (September 14, 2002)

I have to agree with Byrne. Shut Your Mouth... is the perfect AFI record, before Davey decided he wanted to be the new Glenn Danzig, and AFI kind of lost it's way; this was a good record, but I was a little disappointed in Art of Drowning; let's hope the ever slick major label debut doesn't suck.

tgarn (September 14, 2002)

the offspring are pretty fly for a few white guys(dumbest song ever)

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

I haven't been able to listen to this CD in over a year, since my bachelor party. I got drunk as fuck, and acted like a total jackass in front of my entire family (uncles, dad, grandfathers, friends). I drank a case of Heineken, turned into a sweaty mess, spit beer on my uncles, and jumped around like Andrew WK. It was truly the most retarded I have ever behaved. This CD was the anchor of that drunken evening, blasting out of a very expensive BOSE Wave Radio. Stupid night, good CD.

Bryne (September 13, 2002)

This is pretty good, but "Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes" is still their best album.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

this album is in my top 5 of all time, but this review was awful....

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

of corse a guy called God_called_in_sick or whatever is going to give this album a good review.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

awful, awful, awful band. That is, unless you have a penchant for 80's cock rock glammed down a little bit. There are far too many people, boys and girls, who want Davey Havoc to bury his goth-rod in their poop-chutes.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

gayfi hahaha

Vien (September 13, 2002)

Pretty good album and an ok review. It was a little cheesy the way you described the structure of thier music, but whatever. One of the best bands to see live though, I love it when they open up with "strength through wounding", I don't really consider it a real song, but it's fucking awesome.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

i stoped reading as soon as you called the offspring bad. you suck.

TheOneTrueBill (September 13, 2002)

amazing bad offspring... perhaps the stupidist insult i've ever heard for a band.

outside of that, i enjoyed your review immensly, and i was surprised that no one reviewed this earlier too

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