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Alexisonfire: Watch Out!Watch Out! (2004)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Evolution. It's necessary for people to survive, and just as, if not more necessary for music, and musicians to survive. Nobody wants to see the same retread album done over and over. Bands cannot get away with long careers if they don't change their sound. Unless you're Bad Religion, then you've go.
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Evolution. It's necessary for people to survive, and just as, if not more necessary for music, and musicians to survive. Nobody wants to see the same retread album done over and over. Bands cannot get away with long careers if they don't change their sound. Unless you're Bad Religion, then you've got a free pass in the inginuity department. But that's a story for another time. For the rest of the music world, a litte change goes a long way, and can add years onto your career. Alexisonfire jumped early to the opportunity to change, as their sophmore effort Watch Out! is a real departure from the self titled released a year prior.

Inevitably, when a band changes their sound, you'll have the people that love it, and the people that hate it, I reside in the former of the two, as I think this effort shows a real maturation in the band sound, and this album serves as a showcase in just what is to come from these 5 lads from St Catherines. Where the first album is all about showing just how fast they can play guitar, and just how loud they can scream, the songs on Watch Out! are crafted with longevity in mind. While the songs were a blast for a while, more than half the album lost it's appeal after repeated listens, and the production lacked severely. Both problems remedied this time around.

The album kicks off with the lone single so far, "Accidents." Starting off with a hard, but catchy riff, you're quickly thrown into a state of incessant foot-tapping, as lead singer George Logan's ear splitting screams come in, and I'm happy to report, they haven't lost a thing. Alexisonfire appear to be drawing from a lot of their roots this time around, with a chorus of 'whoa oh's' that would feel right at home on any old AFI or Bad Religion album. All of this melds right together, to create a perfect opener for this album. Alexisonfire have opted to also implement a lot of airy, atmospheric elements with this go-round. The third track, 'It Was Fear Of Myself That Made Me Odd' best exemplifies, this, as well as showing the new found role that singer/guitarist Dallas Green has. Where as in the last album, it appeared that Green's background vocals were always built around George's screaming, he really comes into his own here, and shares quite a bit of the vocal duties. As with last time, Alexisonfire have stayed away from the verse-chorus-verse structure, this song slowly builds into a frantic bit of screaming from George that splashes back in after some solid repeated drum fills. This is one of the most well constructed tracks on the album, and really goes to show what improvements these guys have made as songwriters.

As I said before, singer/guitarist Dallas Green has much more of a prominent role in the vocal department this time around. A mistake many melodic hardcore bands make, is having a backup singer who ruins songs, due to his voice being off key, or just not fitting, but Alexisonfire's case is quite the oppisite. Song four, 'Side Walk When She Walks' showcases Dallas' voice beautifully, as lead singer George does not appear on the track at all. It's one of the albums slower songs, but it fits in well with the overall arrangement. The next song, 'Hey, It's Your Funeral Mama' leads in with a killer guitar riff, and does not relent throughout, between George's screaming, and the rousing chorus filled in by Dallas. The song closes with more of those atmospheric moments spread throughout the album. One of the albums real standout tracks is 'White Devil,' and deals with the use of cocaine that's thought of as being all too cool. The lyrics clearly paint the picture of the problem: "Looks so good / Convulsing on the floor, ya sugar!" And the chorus "Look what you have become / White devil, white devil, white devil." It's clearly a more serious direction than the band has taken in the past. But it works for the band, never sounded forced.

The album closes just as strongly as it started, with the album's longest track, and another one that very much showcases Dallas Green's talents, 'Happiness By The Kilowatt.' It's a slow, driving track that comes in with George's screaming in certain parts, but when it does come in, it's perfectly placed. That's where Alexisonfire has improved the most. Their sing/scream dynamic is heads and shoulders above any band who's playing the same style. But back to the song, it's probably the most melodic song on Watch Out!, and the lyrics seem to beautifully accent the instrumentation, with the repated drum fill echoing perfectly in the background, it's a great way to top everything off.

There are bands doing similar things to Alexisonfire, yes, but don't be fooled by the imitations, this is the real thing. Every screamed vocal, and every single chord is dripping with passion and urgency, and it's all put together masterfully. The three vocalists (Rhythm guitarist Wade also does background vocals) all build off each other, and all make each other sound better than they could ever hope to alone. The guitars and atmospheric elements strike the perfect mood for the vocals, and just complete the package. These guys have improved leaps and bounds from their self titled effort, and I greatly look forward to seeing what the future holds for these five young Canadians.

As Logan screams in 'Get Fighted:' "Maybe the music isn't dead, maybe we all just forgot what it fucking sounded like." How true it is.

 

 
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samthecritic (June 20, 2010)

Ace album.

davepwnt (November 6, 2006)

George's last name isn't Logan. It's Pettit. Other than that, the review was pretty ace.

Anonymous (April 2, 2006)

Excelente !!
from chile unas de las mejores bandas screamo!
que e escuchado

Anonymous (March 17, 2006)

AOF Ottawa= April 17th, St. Laurent centre

Anonymous (February 26, 2006)

Awful.

How can you 'tards call this music?

Anonymous (February 5, 2006)

AOF if fckin amazing george is sexxxxiii this album is defnietely thier best one i like how dallas sings more cuz hes got a cute voice

cky_blacknessinlight (November 2, 2005)

"i think this cd is okay, but the thing i hate is when the singer goes into those little singing solos, i like the guy who screams more!!!"

Your an idiot. obviosly, you dont know anything about AOF, or anything else. i hate poser's.

it was a decent album, but i think they need to be bit more heavy. and they put on a good show

Anonymous (July 8, 2005)

oh my god he is so hot

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

questo disco è fantastico! viva toronto!!!!

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

They are so fucking under-developed. All songs lose their energy after a minute or two.

Anonymous (June 5, 2005)

This album is so much better than the debut.

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

i think this cd is okay, but the thing i hate is when the singer goes into those little singing solos, i like the guy who screams more!!!

MaxTheGreat11 (May 16, 2005)

not quite metalcore, not quite hardcore, id call it screamo, but its not really stereotypical screamo. its allright, standout track would be "get fighted"

Anonymous (April 18, 2005)

A friend of mine went to see them with Rise Against last night and she was telling me that there were scalpers selling tickets for $75-80 ! When the hell did scalpers start showing up at "punk" (To use the term loosely) shows?? And $80? Shit, you could buy a Metallica ticket for that much (Yeah, they've gone downhill but that's not the point). When the fuck did this shit start happening?

whatchokesbegin (April 16, 2005)

1. This album is ten times better than their first one.

2. This band is awesome.

Anonymous (April 4, 2005)

to guy below me...all those bands are fuckin great!!! well i could disagree with u on Sparta but i also disagree Alexisonfire is gay...really like the rest of the bands u mentioned Alexisonfire rock my fuckin socks off..thats my view on it anyways.

Anonymous (March 29, 2005)

i dont know why u guys think alexisonfire is so great , in my opinion, their fuckin gay, u cant even tell what they are saying, are they speaking english or not recommended bands, SENSES FAIL,THRICE,EIGHTEEN VISIONS,THURSDAY,UNDEROATH,ATREYU,ARMOR FOR SLEEP,A STATIC LULLABY,FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES,THE BLED,SAOSIN,SPARTA,BLOOD BROTHERS,BY THE WAY, ALEXISONFIRE IS FUCKIN GAY!!

Anonymous (March 23, 2005)

Alexisonfire is amazing!

Anonymous (March 23, 2005)

Alexisonfire is amazing!

throughmyheartxx (February 18, 2005)

alexisonfire are fucking awsome!!
i got to see them at wake stock and they were insane!

nicolemilito (January 17, 2005)

i love alexisonfire.....they have some really good songs..they are one of my three favourite bands and they diserve to be there.......i love the way their music sounds it just drowns you like you get so lost in it . its nuts......the way he sings is crazy i love them!!!!

Anonymous (January 9, 2005)

The lead singer's name is George Petit, not George Logan.

Anchors (December 24, 2004)

As I look back on this review now, there's so much more I could have done with it or said about it. Too late for a redo now, I suppose.

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (December 3, 2004)

This album doesn't have the incredible riffs their first album had to offer but this album is something completely different. I didn't like the vocals at first on the self-titled but I grew used to them and soon had no complaints as they emphasised the backing vocals which sounded so awesome already.
The new album seems to have less of the mighty, powerful riffs, none of the incredible back up vocals or the loud, almighty powerful scream from the front man but it has so much to offer in replacement. Everything fits so well, the vocals fit perfectly, his voice calm is really good and he's made his voice fit the loud parts perfectly. It's a completely different voice compared to the first album but that voice wouldn't have fitted on this masterpiece. The intro to this album, the middle of the album, the outro of this album, I don't get bored at any point, if there's anything like this for their next album we're in for such a treat.

hstisgod (November 12, 2004)

Alexisonfire (Alexis~on~fire)

Part of the wave of up and coming artists bulleting through the glamour of stage, and the taste of green. This St. Catharines, Ontario quintuplet may have been going through the same motions and steps as most artists do after inking a record deal, but the overall drive and focus of 'AOF' has stayed the same since day one with Equal Vision Records. Music, emotion, rhythm and performance equal steady progression and maturity. One part of the equation may be the full backing and patience invested by the ever improving Equal Vision records.

Chris, Dallas, Jesse, George and Wade make up the five equal parts showing the music industry how much an artist can mature with a little time and experience. With the new album ‚??Watch Out‚?? on shelves everywhere, lead vocalist George 'Logan' spoke honestly about the improvements made on the June 29th release. ‚??I think if you do it long enough, than u get better at it. You‚??re on the road a lot and you just get better. Also, we had a great producer, Julius Butty. We learned what we like to play.‚?Ě George continues over the loud, happy go lucky crew in the background. ‚??We‚??re no longer virgins to the studio. We‚??re just not quite the band we we‚??re a long time ago.‚?Ě

After the success and acclamation of ‚??Pulmonary Archery‚?Ě on video stations like Muchmusic, ‚??Accidents‚?? has been fingered for the first video off this release. Powerful from the start, this track encompasses the new and improved AOF, while their sound still remains as hungry as ever. This song only sets the tone for a trip through yet another revolution of rock music. Instead of wondering which of 11 tracks will become a single, the progression of this album becomes more of a concept album without the concept. If that makes any sense? Each song seeming almost Epic like. ‚??A lot of those songs were first draft. A lot of stuff just kind of fell on the page, and it is what it is.‚?Ě said George with confident tone.

Most critics familiar with the 2003 self-titled release could speak of an album so rich in aggressive hooks that it overflowed causing frustration to the ears. It seems these guys have harnessed that aggression and emotion, equally on all 11 songs this time around. Songs like ‚??Hey, It‚??s your funeral Mama‚?Ě have a mind numbing mix of melodies ranging from 80‚??s metal slide chords, to the strengths of what most would consider ‚??SCREEM0‚??,.

While some changes like clearer vocals and longer chord repetition may be culture shock to fans of old, its made an amazing difference in associating familiarity with each song in its own characteristic. Track seven ‚??Sharks and Danger‚?Ě starts off with the clicking of a keyboard and never looks back. The everyday intro build up and transforms into a berserk chord change.

Simple, smooth and still ballsy. George admitted a certain personal favoritism towards track nine, ‚??White Devil‚??. ‚??I really enjoy playing it live. It‚??s just one of those songs that just has a pace to it, that really gets you going‚?Ě

Often times the culmination of a new album means time off, but not for AOF. With just enough time to pick cover art and go, Alexisonfire struck while the iron was hot and hit the road, Playing with likes of Death from above, Jersey, Boys Night Out, and Billy Talent to name a few. But given the choice, is there an artist George and his band mates would look tour with. ‚??There‚??s lots of bands I would like to tour with‚?¶‚?¶‚?¶‚?¶ (Hesitates) Bear vs. Shark, we‚??ve played some shows with them and they‚??re absolutely nuts. Just a fun bunch of dudes‚?¶we did like eight days with them and it wasn‚??t long enough‚?Ě

With such a wide variety of styles evident on ‚??Watch out‚?Ě its no surprise to hear of them playing festivals like EdgeFest 2004 in Canada, Reading Festival and America‚??s latest musical farm system, Warped Tour.

However, not all tastes of the industry have been sweet for these guys. Radio is still too far behind, and attempt at keeping our listening habits with acts such as Muddle of Pudd. So, Alexisonfire may never have their ‚??O Sh*t, that‚??s our song.‚?Ě moment cruising in the car. Certainly, George has an opinion on this matter. ‚??Yea there‚??s a lot of things we could be doing to grab more media attention. We just kind of write what we want, and it is what it is‚?Ě. Yes, this album down grades from the raw, deflecting metal it once was. The trade is welcomed when you consider the serious upgrades of clarity these guys have made in ‚??Watch Out‚?Ě .

Most importantly things are still fun to the five boys from some small town in Ontario. And If a Dr. Helcama should come back for his revenge and this artist thing ends for George, his back up plan certainly proves his natural rock star abilities. ‚??When I can‚??t do it anymore‚?¶.. I‚??m planning on doing lots of LSD, and walking around on the tracks (Laughs)‚?Ě. Find out why Jeff Buckley, Michael Jackson and The Misfits all show up on the website of these young men. www.theonlybandever.com

A review by Brian Rutherford(hstisgod2000@yahoo.com)

Anonymous (October 18, 2004)

Looks like it's all confirmed and universally endoresed by all people regrdless of their musical tastes. A universally uniform general consensus. Tatecore is the best, lovliest form of music since the dawn of time. So sweet!

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

the only band ever END OF STORY.

Anonymous (October 6, 2004)

really good cd, theyre last cd was much better and more innovative. i love the new cd even though i hate how they completely changed their sound from the first cd. also ive seen em twice and their old material sounds a lot better live than their new stuff
-jordan

Anonymous (September 16, 2004)

For the ones who say that alexisonfire is shit, just try to be like them and try to do songs with good lyrics hard guitar and hard drum like them. theyre original. so fuck everyone who says this bands shit. if u dont like this kind of music its not the same thing so shut up
www.theonlybandever.com yea theyre the only band ever

Anonymous (August 29, 2004)

PERFECT 10!!! I love Alexisonfire. Greatest Band Ever!! I jUst Bought Watch Out And I'm Loving Every Minute Of It!!! I Love How Dallas actually sings!!!MMM...

Dyrwen (August 27, 2004)

This album is pretty decent. It is actually better than their first CD in terms of vocal quality and band growth.

Nothing I'd pay for, but the download was good. And for those that were bitching about what they are saying in their songs: http://www.plyrics.com/a/alexisonfire.html

Outside of that, the voice is much cleaner in this CD.

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

a great cd its shows they have grown the past couple of years.

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

i give this a 10 because though it wasnt as good as the first one they still have the mix of harmonious guitar riffs, good screaming, and good for what they are trying for. also they are a band that is better live than recorded because they invoke a great energy for their crowd and unlike a lot of bands that use screaming, actually do scream in concert.

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

Alexisonfire is one of the greatest bands ever, not too mention canadian too! the first cd and the second a both equally amazing. I can play the first cd over and over again and never get sick of it. I hate your life if you don't like Alexisonfire. This is a stellar cd you should own it or die. And for the notorious "Is it 'Alex is on fire or Alexis on fire' ?" what kind of idiot would name a band 'alex is on fire'?

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

i thought this album would suck but it kicked ass. i find it better than the first and it is really really deep and the lyrics are really written and presented well.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Alexisonfire is fucking gay. What the fuck are they saying? Does anybody know? Is it english? Man this shit is just as bad as Hip hop rap crap.

Anonymous (July 11, 2004)

I find this work to be a lot more accessible than their last album. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, I found it hard to really understand and grasp without have a lyrics sheet handy for every song, and then I'd be like, oohhh yeah, ok that's what that means. The guitar is still just as layered as the first album even though I do miss the long swirling masses of intros that they had in the last album that just built up steam and released just as the song started. I also like being able to sing along to this cd without losing my voice after the first song, which was damn near impossible with the self titled. All in all, I'd say worthy effort, I just wish they hadn't strayed from the intros. Would've given the cd an little bit more meat.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

I enjoy this album.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

of course those 4 posts weren't made by the same bloke because this album is a pile of shit. Look at the times they were posted.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

Ive heardthe sample but i was wondering if the record didn't sux since theyre playing for a major label

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

And those last 4 posts WEREN'T made by the same person, OK? 'Cause you'd never be abl to tell...

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

so agreed, this album is shit.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

Gotta Agree With you on that one mate

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

Yeah I agree. You are so right. Anyone caught listening to ths should be boiled in their own shit. Twice.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

Hey. This album is totally shit. Anybody who likes it is a complete dumbfuck.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

Who cares about original...this band is really good. And if you think about it we're all hypocrites.....i mean how PUNK is it to be posting on a message board....haha.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

i really liked the CD. the first one was good, this one kept it going.
-britney.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Alexisonfire makes my nipples hard!

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Rockers that whine? Maybe they need cookies and milk to help that.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

wow, these reviewers erally have no clue. ALexisonfire is not original by no means. They are pretty much 3rd generation screamo garbage. I saw these guys with Avenged Sevenfold and they were whining how the other bands on the tour were mean to them. What a bunch of sissy maggots.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

I see wrestilng talk so I wanted to get some thigns off my chest:

The WWE is at an all-time low since the HBK/Diesel era. Can't the WWE realize the Clique are a cancer in wrestling? Triple H books himself and all his butt buddies into winning matches. Randy Orton has to be one of the most overrated wrestlers. The guy's wrestling matches are beyond boring. You can't convince me he beat FOley, Edge, and whoever Triple H booked him to beat. He is the worst Intercontinental champ in recent memory.

Also, Smackdown is a really really terrible show now ever since Lesnar and Big Show departed. Bradshaw champion? I rest my case how the WWE is going down the toilet. The only good thing going for them is Nick Dinsmore a.k.a. Eugene. Just like Jon Cena, he took a shit gimmick and made it great. Eugene is actually one the more talented wrestlers in the WWE roster... he was great in OVW as Mr Wrestling. Also, Rob Conway is good but he's stuck in that crappy La Resistance tag team. He and Dinsmore were a gerat team.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

id like to begin by saying that the review done by whoever runs this site was completly ridiculous. this album does not compare to their first album. first of all they obviously have been greatly influenced by a few metal bands such as As I Lay Dying, mentioned in their thank you's, and due to the fact that their riffs and melodies, even their sreaming, is more and more metal. i found this quite disapointing since i believe their first album was incredible with its guitar work and vocals. i had greatly anticipated this albums release and was disapointed at first listen. however, i am glad that they have not lost their musical talent. also the sreaming has been put through some type of distorer much like Every Time I Die and even ZAO, thus adding still more of a metal element. overall this album is simply mediocre, i miss the grand entries and incredibly deep lyrics of their first album as well as the unique blend of screams and singing. maybe next time.

slife...

Conduit (July 2, 2004)

It's amazing how some of you guys can make such stupid comments regarding this album, which is amazing, when you guys listen to some of the shit you do.

Youth Crew is mostly 80's hardcore, not metalcore, dumb fuck.

This site is super lame.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

I guess I'm gonna have to lisetn to the whole thing. I heard 6 songs on a stream a couple weeks ago - I liked what I heard, they just didn't have that umph that the first album had. They seem to have gotten a little repetive and lost some of the sheer emotion of the last. I also miss the down-trodden sounding intros and technical squirrly sounding guitars

Not-To-Regret (July 2, 2004)

I also wanted to chime in on the debate about "anyone can scream". I feel this is of course not true... but practicing to become a better screamer instead of a good well rounded singer with range is like learning how to roller blade instead of skateboard.

Not-To-Regret (July 2, 2004)

"This is WAY better than their first album, like night and day. It's still not good enough for me to spend weed money on, though. And I think the name should be Alex Iso 'N' Fire, which of course would be in tribute to the inventor of the isosceles triangle."

Kudos to this review from Icapped2pac simply for its hilariousness! Haha weed money... I feel you there buddy.

Also hilarious that wrestling was brought up! Did anyone else think D-Generation X was the shit, they had a kick ass them song.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

Bret Hart=Superb

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

If you seriously think anybody can do good screaming, then you have no idea what you're talking about.

boldredletters (July 2, 2004)

there was nothing wrong with hacksaw jim dugan.

LMChc (July 2, 2004)

last time i checked, youth crew still included youth of today, gorilla biscuits, judge, and all those other bands from 88 and 89.

and kid dynamite was the name of an old movie from the 40s or 50s.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Killer B's, Killer B's

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

The Rockers were a great example of wrestling tag teams where once one of the members went solo, (Shawn Michaels sky-rocketed, while Marty Jenetty flopped) the other tag team that is a great example was The Holywood Blondes, Steve Austin went on to be one of the most recognizable wrestlers ever, and Brian Pilman died.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Nah dude, x-pac was the 1-2-3 kid and was called the lighting kid before that. Dynamite kid was in the british bulldogs tag team and is currently in a wheelchair from all the wrestling related injuries. His matches with tiger mask from japan are the fucking shit...

sickboi (July 1, 2004)

I always thought the name was a "Good Times" reference.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Shit, is Dynamite Kid where Kid Dynamite got their name? I knew it was a sports figure, and wasn't the Dynamite Kid the guy who wound up being Six Pac? Or X-Pac, or whatever.

Icapped2pac (July 1, 2004)

Also, Lex Luger was one of the worst fucking excuses for a wrestler ever, right up there with Hacksaw and Brutus Beefcake. The Rockers and the Dynamite Kid were the fucking shit, though, respect dat.

Icapped2pac (July 1, 2004)

This is WAY better than their first album, like night and day. It's still not good enough for me to spend weed money on, though.

And I think the name should be Alex Iso 'N' Fire, which of course would be in tribute to the inventor of the isosceles triangle.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

"I fully agree, aybody can scream"

Anyone can scream, but he makes it sound good, trust me, i'd like to see you be able to keep that up for an entire show too. You'd lose your voice too soon, or be coughing up blood all over the place.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

I fully agree, aybody can scream

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

You mean UFC? That's old, no wait, UFC was the octogon. I loved it when they'd do wierd things to the wrestling ring, they'd like put two rings side by side, or the giant tower that WCW made that one time, and Hell In A Cells were always the shit.

sickboi (July 1, 2004)

Lugar was terrible, his finishing move, the "rack" was ultra-wack.

In other wrestling news, has anyone seen that new shit with the 6-sided (or whatever) ring? Crazy.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

maybe that's why they made the name one word

I loved Lex Luger, he had a metal plate in his arm.

sickboi (July 1, 2004)

They should be "A Lex Is On Fire".

And have a picture of a smoldering Lexus GS 300 with Lex Luthor in the driver seat and the wrestler Lex Lugar in the passenger seat.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

actually, the name is really:

Alex I Son Fire

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

That dude below used the acronym "AOF" for this band, but their name is all one word, so is that accurate?

-sickboi

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Best fucking Screamo cd I've ever bought, even beats out FATA's too bad you're beautiful

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

I'm on my way to buy this now

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Haven't heard this album yet. I thought their last one was okay, so I might check this one out.

Are there really people who think Every Time I Die is WORSE than Alexisonfire?? I seriously would like to see some basis for that argument. ETID is on a whole other plane.

-benz

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

"wow. alexisonfire is the most "love 'em or hate 'em" band to come around in a long time. haven't heard this yet, but i look forward to it. put me in group a."

nope, voodoo glow skulls infinitely takes that one. and i'm in group a.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

this album is complete and utter shit.
and i'm friends with the band.
sorry dudes.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Not anyone can fucking scream well, it's a lot of work to have a good sounding one, try to sing some alexisonfire songs and match his fucking scream, or try a kid dynamite one?

moneenerd (July 1, 2004)

by the way, i posted the below comment. I forgot to log in :S OOPS!

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

This is by far one of the worst reviews I've ever read on PunkNews. It's poorly laid out, and the entire piece was just a comparison to AOF's debut full-length. What most listeners, like this writer I am speaking about, are doing is raging on and on about how and why one is better than the other. You have to understand that WATCH OUT! is a different album than their S/T release. Just like every other artform, you can't judge an album solely on what it is and what it isn't, and what it has and what it doesnt have. If you were a fan of Salvador Dali's "Swans Reflecting Elephants", and was asked to look at Dali's "Red Orchestra", would you hate the 2nd piece because it didn't have as many swans in it as the first one? No, because they're 2 different pieces meant to give off 2 different impressions, and to attract the eye and mind (in the case of music, the ear) in 2 different ways by using different techniques.

And what's with this "Anybody can scream" bullshit comment? You don't like it? SO the fuck what? You also listen to emo bullshit my little 12 year old sister listens to. You can't just say that something sucks becuz "anybody can do it". Why do you think Nirvana was such a huge influence on the youth of the 90's? But there I prove to you that ppl listen to different kinds of music for different reasons, and all have different things they wanna hear in that music. Some people like screaming, some people dont. Some people like keyboards in metal, some people don't. And if the artist making this music thinks what he or she is making sounds quite good with those qualities you may deem easy, then so be it. Who are you to tell said artist that what they are making is WRONG?

All in all, I loved AOF's debut and was afraid that this second release might not be as good. When I first got a hold of an early pressing, I didn't think much of it, but after a few listens it's stuck in your head for a long time. It's definately one of the most solid ROCK albums Ive heard all year. Although I loved their self titled LP, I found that the screamo bandwagon was getting a little boring, and with WATCH OUT! Alexisonfire breaks thru the mold and creates this monster that cannot be put into tiny boxes we call GENRES.

Anchors (July 1, 2004)

"Anybody can scream"

Misinformed statement of the year right there, folks.

ohcanaduh (July 1, 2004)

The music is pretty good, wish I could say the same for the vocals.........anybody can scream.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

Horrible. I really enjoyed their first cd and was expecting something similar to their first cd. I disagree and have to say that dallas has a really annoying singing voice and that is one of the reasons i'm turned off from this cd. But thats just me. I am now going to pawn this cd off.
-Jay-sin

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

i'm not a fan of the production on this at all. the first album used to get me so pumped up, this one fails in that category. too many long, drawn out moments.
the first track is the best thing they've ever written though. and the 4th track the worste.
-ty

Anchors (June 30, 2004)

It Dies Today is just awful live. This is an exact quote from their lead singer:

"Okay man, here comes the biggest fucking breakdown in the world in this song, if you miss this breakdown, you're a fucking retard."

Between The Buried And Me are boring on recordings, I can't imagine them being much to see live, either.

chumprocker (June 30, 2004)

"its alexis on fire dumbfuck. haven't we been over this a few times....?"

yes, i know dipshit. obviously you missed the point.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

These bastards stole Alkaline Trio's logo!!!!

(I know less than nothing about this band).

mikeinflames (June 30, 2004)

i had sex with one of these guys ex-girlfreinds
she told me he was the worst lay she ever had
looks like the bands sex life carries over into their music

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

It really is pointless to bicker back and forth about etid and Alexisonfire, my final comment is this: we will see who is remembered in 5 years, let alone has a career. I'd bank on etid

Barkley

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

its alexis on fire dumbfuck. haven't we been over this a few times....?

chumprocker (June 30, 2004)

I know nothing about this band but I did see this review of them once on Unit Shifter :

"If Alex really was On Fire, I wouldn't even piss on him to put him out."

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

these guys played a show in des moines last summer with between the buried and me, it dies today, saved by grace, and nehemiah.

obviously, they looked like idiots.

Anchors (June 30, 2004)

1) Alexis On Fire

2) The comment below about youth crews ruled.

3) To be honest, I had a problem with the new effects on the screaming when first heard the new stuff. George's voice is what drew me to the band in the first place, and he definitely has a lesser role now, but to me, the music just seems more cohesive. There were places in the last album where it just seemed a sudden stop, then start, and stop again. Everything just flows so well with this effort. Even so, Adelleda will remain my favorite AOF song, no matter what new direction their music might take.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

once and for all i know first hand it is ALEXISONFIRE not alex is on fire..........i had a discussion with the drummer from murder by death about it, and oddly enough his name is alex, my name is greg look out for Veracity Records soon, but only if you are into bands that are original...

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

No, "youth crews" are basically young metalcore church groups in hoodies. Just because everyone outside of them makes fun of them doesn't make everyone wrong.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

does anyone know if this is alexis on fire or alex is on fire? No one ever tells me!!

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

This score is for the artwork...YUCK!

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

Does the rest of the cd have the Death By Stereo feel that Accidents does?

fatbrendan (June 30, 2004)

this album is the fucking rock. sooo much better than their first album. i posted a review for this album at my site a few weeks ago:
http://www.punkcanada.net/reviews/albums/alexisonfirewatcho ut.html

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

I mean the comment below the below comment...

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

I agree with the comment below. The first album was miles better. The screaming is worse and the singing is worse. All the emotion is gone, unless you want to count fake sadness.... I hate the effects on the screaming, absolutely hate it. Sounds to me like they have completely left anything that resembled punk, and decided to try ripping off the Deftones instead.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this cd, I was just extremely dissapointed seeing as everyone's been calling it better than the first. The overproduction kills this album for me.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

The waterwings video is in no way a ripoff of Elaborama, you're a fucking tool. The one, and only similarity that can be drawn is there's people skating in Elaborama, and Waterwings has the Roller Girls.

Alexisonfire is not a poor mans ETID, they sound nothing alike, Alexisonfire is its own band, and doesn't need to rip off of overrated bands like ETID.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

Not bad, but a lot worse than their first one.
The edgyness and originality which set them apart from all the mall-screamo bands on the first album is lacking on this one and I hate what they did to the screaming (it sounds vocoded/fake).

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

the chord is fucking good

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

Actually I can tell the difference between Alexisonfire and Etid. 1) Etid guitars are much louder in the mix on their records 2) Etid's lyrics are morbid, hilarious, brilliant all in one verse-Alexisonfire's are not 3) That fucking waterwings video is a blatant lo fi rip of "Ebolorama"

Barkley

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

"Youth Crew is lame. Really, really lame. Songs about vigilance and brotherhood suck, and need to be stopped"

You're not being very posi.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

No, trust me , there are another thousand or so reasons why youth crew shit is lame.

LMChc (June 30, 2004)

youth crew is only lame if you have no friends and drink yourself to sleep at night.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

Youth Crew is lame. Really, really lame. Songs about vigilance and brotherhood suck, and need to be stopped.

Jesse, once again, being condescending is usually reserved for people that are dickheads, but actually know what they're talking about. Only the former is true in your case. I don't like you, you don't like me, we get it, grow up and stop commenting and attempting to one up me. You only look like more of a douche each time.

Jesse (June 30, 2004)

I'm referencing your "great emo debates" that you flooded the forums with until people told you to shut your whiney yapper.

recordings (June 30, 2004)

is it just me, or is anyone else really REALLY fucking sick of reviews that give some sort of ominous, carefully crafted intro that double spaces down to proclaim proudly "ENTER SO AND SO.* as if the the tides of life are changing and certain mayhem will ensue. you did it not once, but twice. stop it immediately.

this band is way too over hyped. and i agree that youth crew sing a longs are far more interesting than the laments of how tight your fashionable jeans squeeze your balls.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

Jesse, get the fucking chip off your shoulder. What old band did I reference? Every Time I Die? Whoa, flashback, all the way to 2000!

Shut up.

Jesse (June 30, 2004)

I love how Anchors tries to be all hip and reference old band to sound cool; then he gives this pile of shite a 9.

Me and you together on this one, BSD.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

Their lyrics are so bad and cheesy, they need to stop with the heartbreak and get back to shitty "scene unity" songs about their youth crews. If those are legal in Canada. .

another highly amusing punknews.org comment. I LOVE IT.'

i'll go pick this up tomorrow. we'll see how it is.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

Fake hardcore bands' problems are funny. Their lyrics are so bad and cheesy, they need to stop with the heartbreak and get back to shitty "scene unity" songs about their youth crews. If those are legal in Canada.

-BSD

maverick (June 29, 2004)

After a few listens, I can now tell you that the best songs are the first track and the last track.

-Scott

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

First time I've heard these guys, the mp3 rocks, that little interlude sounds like Tool for some reason. Good shit though...

-sickboi

inagreendase (June 29, 2004)

For roughly the 12432532nd time, it's Alexis on fire.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

So is this Alex is on fire or Alexis on fire?

jamespastepunk (June 29, 2004)

I saw them with BANE.

Bane had the best performance, obviously, but they were pretty vicious.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

the score is for the word "mainstr-emo" and for the kid who excused the idiot who compared this to etid on the grounds that he is canadian.

ps - but me in group b

thats_me_samantha (June 29, 2004)

When I first popped this CD in to my car stereo I had taken a wrong turn and ended up late at night on an empty road with no lights that seemed familiar but I remained lost. This pretty much sums up my sentiments on the new CD by Alexisonfire.

Anchors (June 29, 2004)

To the kid below who was talking about Epitaphs new slew of bands:

I'm confused as to what part of the review you agree with, the part about the state of hardcore music, or this bands music itself. So I'm left wondering if you've heard Alexisonfire, or strayed away.

If the latter is true, my advice to you is give this album a shot. I'm not saying you'll like it for sure, but they're not the kind of band put together to just capatalize on a trend.

Anchors (June 29, 2004)

If you can't tell the difference between Alexisonfire and ETID, than you're in no place to leave a reply.

I'll excuse this stupidity, on the grounds that you're Canadian, and it's hereditary.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

Fanboy reviews have got to stop. These guys are a poor poor mans Etid. So you scream and your guitarists can string together some pull offs. So what. Blech. I'm Canadian and I hate this. What I don't hate are the new Tragically Hip and that Rush cover's ep.

Barkley"Fanboy"Barkster

chad (June 29, 2004)

the last album was absolutely awful, but they improved a ton on this one. note to the band, dump the screamer, he sucks, and keep singing, youre good.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

These asshats play on MuchMusic all the time.

thriceequalsgod (June 29, 2004)

sounds like i should check it out.

i hate the cover art though.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

put me in group b.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

wow. alexisonfire is the most "love 'em or hate 'em" band to come around in a long time. haven't heard this yet, but i look forward to it. put me in group a.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

I like Grade.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

"With bland tough guy hardcore, bad metalcore, and whatever it is you consider bands like Spitalfield and Story of The Year, I'd all but given up on hardcore as of late."

Did you mean Silverstein? Because i don't know why you'd put Spitalfield in that category

pwfanatic (June 29, 2004)

this album grew on me frightening fast.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

this cd is quality, I like it much more than the first.

maverick (June 29, 2004)

I'm listening to the album right now, and it ain't half bad. Doubtful I'd give it a 9, but it's worth listening to.

-Scott

Not-To-Regret (June 29, 2004)

I agree with this review, but I still can't get into this band... Crappy Mainstr-emo has forced me away from all the emo-core hardcore screaming pop crap (ala Epitaph's new slew of bands). My friends were into their first album but I just could not allow myself to be drawn into it...

"Punk" music was so much better before this trend started... then again this is just my opinion

lostinthecrowd13 (June 29, 2004)

I will not even listen to this because their last cd was the worst music I've ever heard. These guys should do the world a favor and quit the business all together.

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