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AFI: AFIAFI (2004)
Nitro Records

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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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I'll be the first to admit - this is almost a pointless review. Chances are that if you're reading this, you've already made up your mind on whether you hate, love, or carry no leaning opinion towards the once-East-Bay-hardcore-punk-outfit-turned-gothic-rockers AFI. So where does their Nitro Recor.
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I'll be the first to admit - this is almost a pointless review. Chances are that if you're reading this, you've already made up your mind on whether you hate, love, or carry no leaning opinion towards the once-East-Bay-hardcore-punk-outfit-turned-gothic-rockers AFI. So where does their Nitro Records perspective leave you?

Pretty much out of the psychographic.

Purely intended as a proper introduction to fans first associated with AFI from their 2003 major label debut full-length, Sing The Sorrow, AFI's self-titled retrospective album chronicles the band's back catalog, taking cuts from the band's five full-lengths and two EPs, and even throws in a couple rare tracks: "A Winter's Tale" comes from the Days Of The Phoenix single, "Lower It" from the vinyl version of Black Sails In The Sunset, and "Rolling Balls" and "Who Said You Could Touch Me?," both from the vinyl version of Very Proud Of Ya. The rest of the album comes from the readily available compact discs in stores everywhere.

For these said new fans, it's a nice sampler of material that serves well for the ones looking to reap the benefits of the band's back catalog. The sequencing is mostly chronological, save for the twelfth of fiteen tracks, 1995's "I Wanna Get A Mohawk." "The Lost Souls" and "The Days Of The Phoenix" are widely regarded as two of the best tracks from The Art Of Drowning (hopefully not to the point where these listeners have previously heard them), and their inclusion here is appropriate. The tracks from the two EPs are nice surprises, and the fact that song lengths were taken into account when including older material are appreciative (the vinyl version of Very Proud Of Ya alone has four tracks).

For the rest of the current fans, it basically serves as a recommended mix tape of older material, one you could likely collaborate from your own recordings. The vinyl-only rare tracks are appetizing bites that could move a few copies from vinyl-straying fans looking for rarer material, but for the most part, it's doubtful many of them would be big on what's essentially to them a fifteen-song greatest hits compilation devoid of AFI's newest effort.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 23, 2006)

Nephilim is an old Hebrew word for giant

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

screw AFI

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

if you never bought an AFI cd this ones for you but if your a true fan dont even bother buying this you already have 99.9% of these song

AFI AFI AFI

very good band

Anonymous (July 28, 2005)

Alas, poor tool. Best bassist ever? Bahahahahahaha-no.

Cliff Burton would be ashamed of you.

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

all u little pearanoid little basterds hiding in a corner thinking MTV is some kind of concpericy its just a TV station.idiots
plus afi is my favorite band, HUNTER is by far the best bassest EVER! IVE LISTEND 2 a.f.i. 4 4 years they kick ass
best song ever: THE DAYS OF THE PHEONIX

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

this CD kicked ass some of there best shit!!
some songs r missing but thats wat happens when nitro went behind there backs 2 mack this. GOD BLINK 182 FINALLY broke up thank god!!!!
o ya metal sucks balls A.F.I. kicks all others ass
even the MISFITS
O YA PRESIDENT BUSH RULES!!!!!!!

bpunkrocker (January 29, 2005)

Ah... Wow, Dexter Holland and his punk-gone-alternative "let's copy everything that everyone else is doing in the rock scene right now" band known only as "The Offspring" must not be rolling in the cash like they used to... This is like, the most obvious sign of desperation on Nitro Records' behalf. Anywho... I would just like to say I'm a big fan of the punk scene... I drum and play bass to bands such as The Exploited, The U.K. Subs, old-school Misfits, the Damned, A Global Threat, the Unseen and the Ramones on a daily basis, and I'll be the first one to tell you that AFI has never been a punk rock band. But there's something about AFI that still makes their confused genre shit worth while - They've never been afraid to change and do what they want to do instead of what their fans want them to do. I can just imagine some stupid 12 year-old fat kid wearing a spike bracelet and a new found glory shirt after seeing a commercial for AFI's new album... "Ooohh nooo!!! They want to make more money while still making the kind of music that THEY want to make! How HORRIBLE, those stupid sell-outs! It's bad to be on TV 'cause I'm a punk rocker! Anarchy! Tee hee!" Psh, give me a goddamn break. Who said they were punk in the first place? Certainly not AFI themselves - They've always referred to themselves as post-hardcore and east-bay hardcore... The only reason they're labeled as punk is because of the scene they were formed in and the fact that they were signed to Nitro by that dumb fuck Dexter. By the way - I'm old enough to vote and I most certainly didn't vote for Bush though I'm an AFI fan... How ironic :-) But yeah this album is not worth a cent guys. 9 times outta 10 the only people that are going to buy this album are the zit-faced MTV fanatic-kids that saw AFI on there one day and decided they would pick them up as their favorite band for a month or so and become "punk rockers" so they could be "different" (all three thousand of them or so...), and they won't even see the real beauty of AFI's career or even give them the respect they've earned as musicians. Nitro was one of my favorite record labels until I saw this sack of bullshit released. Those bastards are hard up for money and I think it was low that they pulled that shit on AFI.

-- Brandon Murray

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

if you know you're a dork

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

Do you dorks even know what a nephilim is???

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

afi is my favorite band, but really, fuck this cd.

nice job nitro, you buncha fuckfaces.

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

LOOKING FORWARD
To any of our fans who may have bought Nitro Records' AFI anthology, we

would like you to know that the decision to create this compilation

was made solely by Nitro Records. While we are extremely proud of our body of work over the years, we would like you to know it was not the band's decision to compile, create or promote a "retrospective" at this point in our career. If you should enjoy it or hear something you've been unable to find elsewhere then great, but please understand it was conceived and sold without our input. We are much more focused on creating our new record for our fans and seeing you all on tour next year.

this is taken from the official AFI site.

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

"its not a bat dude its nephillim"

actually, it is a bat. prove to me one place a band member or someone closely related has said that the bat creature is a nephilim. i also seem to remember davey or someone referring to it as a "bat creature."

johnrambo (November 5, 2004)

this review was succinct, and fucking to the point. how else would YOU have wrote it?

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

"its not a bat dude its nephillim"

you are the kind of person who would spend $40 to join some crappy band's fan club. kill yourself.

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

"sorry - nope. any music preaching negativity and depression is shit. always was, always will be."

i heard hillary duff's new album is pretty cheery

dude, you suck at life

- the other scott

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

its not a bat dude its nephillim

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

"sorry - nope. any music preaching negativity and depression is shit. always was, always will be."

Tom Waits is Shit?

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

Best Release ever

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

but think a whole NEW generation of posers will now have that stupid bat crappily tattooed on the zitty deltoid area of their upper arms thanks to this cover. grrrr. i love pleather-core.

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

the cover sort of looks like the new good charlotte cd.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

"i guarantee almost all you so called punk rockers loved afi a couple of years ago.they grew up and their sound matured.this is a great cd for kids who may not know the older stuff.afi is still one of the best punk bands left."

sorry - nope. any music preaching negativity and depression is shit. always was, always will be.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

and this one's for the force's cd "i don't like you either". i always loved his voice. too bad you can't find that cd anywhere.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

Score is for The Force show @ Chain Reaction circa 1998/99. Only 50 people but everybody going OFF.

shraps (November 4, 2004)

The same people who like AFI are in no way old enough to vote... nice try though.

-shraps

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

i remember going to see a band called the force play. it was an awsome show. it took place in the basement of the veterans hall in santa cruz. the bass player from afi was the bass player for the force. it was the forces last show. i remember seeing hunter get jumped and piled on by a punch of punkers. i saw afi play back in santa cruz years back when they were playing clubs it was great. yeah they sold out now and adopted a new sound. i like their new sound but it seems like the good old afi days are gone. no more raw hardcore representing berkley style sound.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

"the same people who dig AFI now are most likely the same asses that gave Bush another 4 years."

Kill youself you stupid fuck.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

This is the 2nd best selling album on Interpunk right now.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

the same people who dig AFI now are most likely the same asses that gave Bush another 4 years.

DriftAway (November 4, 2004)

"i guarantee almost all you so called punk rockers loved afi a couple of years ago.they grew up and their sound matured.this is a great cd for kids who may not know the older stuff.afi is still one of the best punk bands left."

You're right, this cd is for little kids. Anyone who is a real AFI fan already knows/has this music. This is just a stupid ploy by Nitro to make a little cash on the side, smart? maybe.....stupid? definitely

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

i guarantee almost all you so called punk rockers loved afi a couple of years ago.they grew up and their sound matured.this is a great cd for kids who may not know the older stuff.afi is still one of the best punk bands left.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

i remember seeing the joe strummer birth and death date on the top of this webpage, now i think its time for this:
America 1776-2004

inagreendase (November 3, 2004)

Why did you review and submit it then? Fucking dumbass.

Yep, because reviewing things sent to you with that intent sure is idiotic.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

nitro is genious. it obviously cost next to nothing to make, especially since it appears the artwork was done with no intent whatsoever to be aesthetically pleasing or representing of afi's style. thus, nitro is making wads on this shit, which makes them economically intelligent. bravo, nitro.

CallingLondon (November 3, 2004)

a retrospective is lame because they have more records to make? why would this inhibit a band who is no longer on that label from writing new material. fuck there's a best of so i can't sit down on my own and write poetry. what fucking ever.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"Ok...ive been really quiet about this for a long time, but I'm finally sick of all the shit going on with this band. I had followed them since the very beginning...and i was faithful to them until they started to become a gay "pound me in the ass" band on Dreamworks. i could give two shits about their "greatest hits" album. I want them to ditch the music scene, and become the transvestites that they want to become. that is all i have to say."

only ones a tranvestite. jade is a flamer. hunter and adam seem like fairly normal dudes though

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"I'll be the first to admit - this is almost a pointless review."

Why did you review and submit it then? Fucking dumbass.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Ok...ive been really quiet about this for a long time, but I'm finally sick of all the shit going on with this band. I had followed them since the very beginning...and i was faithful to them until they started to become a gay "pound me in the ass" band on Dreamworks. i could give two shits about their "greatest hits" album. I want them to ditch the music scene, and become the transvestites that they want to become. that is all i have to say.

boba_fett (November 3, 2004)

good. i'd have to do something (not sure what) if they broke up.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

the weakerthans are playing a show tonight in chicago, and on thier website it lists more dates of the tour, so i really dont think they broke up.

boba_fett (November 3, 2004)

who gives a crap about AFI?

now whats this about the weakerthans breaking up?

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

The money that the average yap spends on this could easily go towards buying one of their prior full-lengths. Of course, they could always treat themselves to something better.

-ObeyYourParents

Big_Guy (November 3, 2004)

This release is useless with only 14 or whatever tracks.

P.S. The new strung out clearly rapes this piece of shit, yet it gets the same score.

FOR SHAME

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Has anyone seen the commercial for this?

It's on MTV2. I'm not giving anything away for those who haven't. It's priceless.
All I'll say is....cartoon goth kid.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"Go buy the latest Mike Watt album and the entire Minutemen discography before!"

Touche, Sir, touche.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Awful
Fucking
Idiots

5 witty points for me.

dazed (November 3, 2004)

The only good thing about this kind of release is that it might raise interest in this band's back catalogue.

So I can, you know, sell some old CDs.

threechordsandthetruth (November 3, 2004)

The band themselves discredited this CD on their site, saying how they feel a retrospective release is lame as they have more records to make. I'm with them, I have all these songs except the vinyl only ones and I'm not funding Dexter Holland's addiction to shitty music by buying this for those few tracks.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"Go buy the new Strung Out"

Go buy the latest Mike Watt album and the entire Minutemen discography before!

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

with this action, NITRO records sucks up totally.... I think, dexter and his fucking bad band offspring have made enough money too without this unnecessary record

DriftAway (November 3, 2004)

A real AFI fan already has heard these songs......I wonder how many 12 year old girls w/ black mascara are yearning to pop this in their Barbie CD player?

"this gets 3 stars and so does strung out?

go buy the new strung out album, wow it's good."

.....Go buy the new Strung Out

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

this gets 3 stars and so does strung out?

go buy the new strung out album, wow it's good.

trailerparkjesus (November 3, 2004)

damn, those are awesome.

stevejonestherealbones (November 3, 2004)

how many people here are actually going to buy this?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

kewl (November 3, 2004)

I like to leave completely irrelevant comments on a CD review.

AniMAlZ r KeWL

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

I like to stroke tigers in their most private areas.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Joan of Arc--Deep Rush

Song of the year right thur.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

scott went internet tough guy on you.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Very poorly written review... score is for failing to write at a 9th grade level.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

Cut him some slack. He's well hung, and his teeth are white....wait, are those teeth, or half-melted marshmallows?

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

Where's the Ted Leo review?

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

Holy shit! The cover art alone will give me nightmares!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000 2PUHSI/qid=1099457752/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/102-9168043-8344164?v=g lance&s=music&n=507846

bizzlebrizzle (November 2, 2004)

The Weakerthans just broke up.

Really!?

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

"it's disgraceful to have AFI on top of Strung Out"

Wow, because the order of things really matters that much. It would make sense that the newest reviews would be posted on top. WHAT A THOUGHT!

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

The Weakerthans just broke up.

-Chinatown

inagreendase (November 2, 2004)

The list of reviews is almost always chronological. This wasn't even going up until the Methadones fiasco. Besides, there're plenty of pertinent punk album reviews in queue that should be posted in the coming weeks. I'm sure we may be able to squeeze End Hits in there, but no promises.

maverick (November 2, 2004)

Chinatown-

If you don't like it, then hey fuck you!

-Scott

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

If it's pointless, why did you post it? "End Hits" would've been much more pertinent for this site. Besides, it's disgraceful to have AFI on top of Strung Out.

-Chinatown

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