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Alexisonfire: AlexisonfireAlexisonfire (2002)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Only one word can describe the first release from St. Catharine's own Alexisonfire, and that word is unbelievable. My buddy made me listen to the sampler at school and as soon as I heard it I was hooked. I went out and bought the album the day it came out. Alexisonfire, named after a contorting, lac.
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Only one word can describe the first release from St. Catharine's own Alexisonfire, and that word is unbelievable. My buddy made me listen to the sampler at school and as soon as I heard it I was hooked. I went out and bought the album the day it came out. Alexisonfire, named after a contorting, lactating, pornstar, combine emo and hardcore and turn it into a stew of ear candy.

The record starts off with the track ".44 caliber love letter." The rhythmic and melodic intro lasts for about 2 minutes but instantly the listener is transported into a hardcore heaven. Other tracks like "counterparts and number them", "A dagger through the hearts of st. angelis", "waterwings (and other pool side fashion faux pas)" and "little girls pointing and laughing" are full of smart, catchy lyrics. Lyrics like "Jennifer, they lied to you when they said you couldn't breathe underwater. I lied to you when I said I was hard, because I'm softer than a thrift store sweater and twice as worn in" are found all over the album. There are two singers in the band and they offer a great contrast throughout the record and make it a a great record to put in your cd player and listen to.

Don't get me wrong, Alexisonfire is not a soft, run of the mill emo band. Every track is hard hitting, in your face, and full of energy.

This record was amazing and now I'm hooked to screamo.

Also, use caution because this record will make small children and the elderly cry out of fear.


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Maduc (June 8, 2009)

This is their best album by far. Their 2nd and 3rd are great as well, just not as raw as this.

Too bad they now suck. Or at least Young Cardinals does.

buttfart (December 11, 2007)

intense cd
now if only they're new stuff wasn't complete crap

C_Z (November 15, 2006)

fucking 905 bitch
alexisonfire own
if you have a problem with that, cause your a little fuckhead who listens to thursady, or MCR, fuck you, you haven't heard of true, real, music.. listen to counterparts and number them.. and take a glance at the 44 caliber love letter lyrics.. and you'll know what the fuck i am talking about..

peace out fuckers

TREOS (June 8, 2006)

I can't believe the nerve of some of these people to say that this album is shite. I guarantee you that everyone who said that can't play the guitar even a quarter as fast as these guys. Al you gotta do is listen to counterparts and number them to know thes guys mean business. It doesn't even matter if you can't understand what they're saying man, just feel the music and rock out. I think this album fucking kicks ass... Can't get enough of the kennedy curse. ANd by the way...if you don't like the album because you don't like the genre then fuck off and stop gving these guys bad reviews cuz just the ingenuity and creativity in their sound is so much different than everybody else that they're amazing.

Anonymous (April 4, 2005)

Well I love Alexisonfire they are fuckin great, watch Out! is great aswell...its probably slower in tempo and you dont hear that much from George but its still absolutely great oh to the reviewer "this record will make small children and elderly women cry out in fear" lol thats fuckin great!

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

Alexisonfire is a great band. Their music gets your adrenaline going and gets you excited. Their self-titiled album is awesome, but Watch Out is mediocre.

THURSDAY IS NOT SCREAMO. Like some people previously stated, it is simply "screamy emo". How the fuck can anyone have the audacity to compare Thursday to Alexisonfire in the first place? Thursday is a decent band, but highly overrated. Alexisonfire has a unique style and their music would crush Thursday's any day.

And to the guy with the cheese-grating hats comment: Props.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

Alexis on Fire.

Its on their fking site. Anyways, pretty decent metalcore stuff. Its worth buying.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Pure Shit. Cant understand a fucking word they say. They can eat my shit.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

It's pronounce Alexi Son Fire, and it's not screamo. Doc Watson was screamo, so is James Taylor. Not this.

titsandtats (June 28, 2004)

yeah its that good.

Anonymous (June 6, 2004)

thursday is awsome but not screamo, just emo. alexis is screamo and awsome. and there are plenty of sing/scream bands already try asl which is already taking this scene mainstream which isent cool but there not bad. alexis is awsome theres not much more of a vierity you can do if your screaming its going to sounds the same ragardless its what you do with what you have

saturday (May 23, 2004)

i bought this album a long time ago... and i have always loved it. can't wait till whatch out comes out... alexisonfire is working their way to the top. way to go.

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

I just got this cd yesterday, and its definitely growing on me. Thursday is such an overrated band!! Haha...Thrice rocks. and avenged sevenfold.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

I saw two videos from them....

Anonymous (August 25, 2003)

screamo isn't thursday.
thursday isn't screamo.
the two don't go together; however, thursday is a good emo band, but, as far as my knowledge will take me, thursday hasn't even tapped into what is even hardcore, i mean, i'm no one to judge, but thursday isn't that great of a band. fuck you pretty boy.

Anonymous (February 13, 2003)

These guys are putting St. Catharines on the Map. Actually rand mcnally put st. catharines on the map but you know what im talking about

Anonymous (January 23, 2003)

Amazing record, amazing band,

Anonymous (January 21, 2003)

i saw these guys play last spring with thrice. they were wicked good. although, i was also almost hit by him too....but yeah, they are really good.

Anonymous (January 21, 2003)

Wow just wow.... this is the type of band you either love to death or hate. I love them to death IO saw them once live and it was just amazing. People should really check them out. As for the hats hahahah goodness. ahhaha

Anonymous (January 21, 2003)

Nirvana is screamo

porkpie (January 21, 2003)

what the fuck is screamo? what the fuck is emo? FUCKKKK.

Scotty (January 20, 2003)

Wow, Thursday is screamo now.

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

fuck this shit. buy crass, not crap

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

this band is shitty!
screamo is fucking lame as hell....honestly.....so many copycat bands when it comes to this style of music. thursday owns screamo.....other than that most bands are shite.

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

is it SOOOOOO you're type of music?....sorry, i couldn't resist. This isn't bad....just more of the "same old same old" stuff. The screams are a dime a dozen. When will someone take a new approach and mix more singing and screaming.

mindlessemopunk (January 20, 2003)

This band is so great. I never heard of them til i saw them live about a month ago, then i had to buy the cd. It's so my type of music.

Anonymous (January 19, 2003)

Whoa that was a lot of posts by the bands friends. alexisonfire is Le Lame

Anonymous (January 19, 2003)

Great Band, Great Record, Great Review.
Life is Great

Anonymous (January 19, 2003)

NO. That's pop-punk.

-Scotty (work)

Anonymous (January 19, 2003)

screamo is the new hair metal

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

You gotta see this band live, WOW!

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

I don't know, I really can't see much difference. I mean, metalcore and Grindcore are virtually identical and screamo's only difference is that it has less of a "Chugga Chugga" effect. It's all just varied hardcore if you ask me.

waste_elite (January 18, 2003)

"whats the difference between screamo, metalcore, and grindcore? please, someone tell me."

screamo is screamy emo, metalcore is a blend of metal and hardcore, and grindcore is just really brutal, fast, usually complicated metal/hardcore.

yeah, those crazy kids and their sub-genres.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

I just wrote the comment below and I forgot to add, thank you to whoever wrote this review. I wish more albums like this would get out to people who respect good music, good job.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

Too bad I fucking reviewed this album a week ago on this site, but I pushed "preview my review" and it erased that shit!!! Anyway, great cd. I think one of the best of 2002 easily. Amazing vocals on both ends of the spectrum and good lyrics. I can listen to this album over and over and still just not get tired of it in the least. Fucking great.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

Ontario Represent.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

whats the difference between screamo, metalcore, and grindcore? please, someone tell me.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

A Lexis Is On Fire?!!! It better not be mine!

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

I'm in the band and it's pronounced A Lexis is on Fire.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

nothing special.....in the words of Dez Cadena "I've Heard It Before!"

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

This comes from somebody close to the band: It is pronounced Alexis On Fire. Thats IT

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

I'm gonna check it out now....it better be s great as you say it is. Or else I'm gonna cry like a baby because another new band has disappointed me. And you wouldn't want me to cry now would you?

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

Alex is one fire?!!! Oh shit....put him out!!!!

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

a few things:

1) it IS alexisonfire
2) it's pronounced ALEXIS IS ON FIRE
3) I don't like this band, but it's always nice to see local kids get reviewed on punknews.


Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

Oh school uniforms...

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

screamo is the worst term I've ever heard. death to that term.

SoftcoreDan (January 17, 2003)

i saw them with hopesfall a few months ago, fantastic band...except for the fact the bassist almost hit me in the face with his instrument...also, the appearance of the sorority life girls (as the new on was filmed at my school) at that show made it more amusing (they knew a couple guys in a local metal band), as the kids harassed them to no end...watch the show, maybe you'll see me doing something stupid...

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

i believe its alexis on fire

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

do you pronouce the name alex is on fire or alexis on fire?

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

OH wow great. Another southern Ontario sceamo band. This band just can't cut it.

layawayplan (January 17, 2003)

This band is suddenly every southern ontario hardcore fan's favourite band, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. I can't stand the singer's voice, and I can't stand the singer himself. With the exception of the great voice of the backup singer, the band is pretty average.

I find it grisly hilarious that major chain stores like HMV are really pushing this album with special prices and placement.

Oh, and guys? No matter how cool you think you are, you do not have the trend-setting power to make cheese-grater hats acceptable band merch.

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

The buddy who introduced him to the cd should be crowned king! Way to spread great music. This band is so good

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

whoever wrote this review is my new God!

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

this band...holy shit...i mean....FUCK!
so good....

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