Alexisonfire / Moneen - Split (Cover Artwork)

Alexisonfire / Moneen

Alexisonfire / Moneen: SplitSplit (2005)
Dine Alone Records

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Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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Before the release of this split, it had been a while since I had heard anything about Alexisonfire. They'd play a short tour occasionally, but there was no word on recording of any sort until recently, when I caught wind of their split EP with Moneen. It's no normal split, however. Alexisonfire and.
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Before the release of this split, it had been a while since I had heard anything about Alexisonfire. They'd play a short tour occasionally, but there was no word on recording of any sort until recently, when I caught wind of their split EP with Moneen. It's no normal split, however. Alexisonfire and Moneen have decided to each cover two songs of the opposite band, and contribute a new track of their own.

Alexisonfire is first to try their hand, and it's with Moneen's "Passing of America." Only having heard the original a few times, I'm not quite sure what liberties were taken with it, but the Canadian fivesome do a reasonably good job with it. The sing-song structure of the track lends itself pretty well to AOF's style, but the repeating of the chorus does grow a bit tiresome, seemingly never, ever ending.

Then is Moneen's rendition of one Alexisonfire's most well-known tunes, "Accidents," which sounds drastically different than it appeared on Watch Out! All of the parts that had been previously screamed are now sung, and the parts that were previously sung are still sung, but by the same person, which simplifies the track a lot, but not necessarily in a good way. Moneen then arrive at the final hook far before Alexisonfire ever did, and it's subsequently drawn out over two minutes that had never previously existed. It's an interesting take, but there's no doubt that the original is a more quality track.

The most anticipated parts of this EP aren't the covers, though, but the new songs each band offers.

Moneen's "Bleed and Blister" sees its first appearance on an album, and fares pretty well. The melodic guitar chord progression starts things off relatively well, and as the song progresses, those chords are lost in the atmosphere that slowly develops. With every passing minute, the vocals become more airy, and the instrumentation quieter and quieter, until the end where things return to normal just in time for the big chorus to carry the song out. Then it was time for the real reason I bought this, a new Alexisonfire track, "Charlie Sheen vs. Henry Rollins."

The song sure as hell does not disappoint. Anyone who's heard both of the band's albums is aware of the progression made from the self-titled to Watch Out!, and this track would fit in perfectly as the heaviest song on the latter album. The multi-layered rhythms set the stage extremely well for singer George Petitt's manic scream, which is really brought back to the forefront here. Not to be forgotten however, guitarist Dallas Green belts out a good portion of this song, and his voice has never sounded better. It's Green that's always set this band apart from their peers. Most bands with two vocalists ignore the second singer, while Alexisonfire utilize his immense vocal talents to the fullest. While the song is great all around, I wouldn't mind the guitars being turned up a bit louder, as they seem to get lost in things while George is screaming, only to reappear under Dallas' vocals.

I was kind of let down by this effort as a whole. Neither Moneen nor Alexisonfire brough their 'A' game when it came to the other band's songs. And while the new Moneen song was impressive, it was definitely outshone by undoubtedly one of the best Alexisonfire songs to date. Fuck the haters, this band isn't going anywhere.


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Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

it's alexis on fire. They named themselves after a lactating stripper contortionist.

Anonymous (March 24, 2006)

Hawthorne Heights sucks balls

Anonymous (December 19, 2005)

there are tons of bands named after minor threat songs already, like look back and laugh, and rites of spring songs too, end on end, their all great.

moneenerd (December 12, 2005)

"Hmmm, Moneen is by far one of the best bands to come out of Canada, along with Propagandhi, Billy Talent and Alexisonfire. I've yet to hear The Cancer Bats yet I've been dying to hear them."

You probably won't like the Bats if you honestly think that Billy Talent is one of the best bands to come out of Canada. Gross.

moneenerd (December 12, 2005)

I love both bands a lot, but this split is weak.

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

could INXS be considered canadian now?
thier new lead singer is canadian
if so the greatest canadian band is still corky & the juicepigs

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

Did somebody say something about Luke Skawalker?

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

is it alex is on fire or alexis on fire, or a lexis on fire?

cherrycolarain (December 11, 2005)

Hmmm, Moneen is by far one of the best bands to come out of Canada, along with Propagandhi, Billy Talent and Alexisonfire. I've yet to hear The Cancer Bats yet I've been dying to hear them.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (December 9, 2005)

Splits are sometimes awesome just because of the bands lined up. i mean, i got the less than jake/slayer split, but i don't really remember listening to it, becuase i just get stuck everytime i take it out, going "...whoooaa......slayer........."

The score is for kaospilot in general.

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

best canadian bands are either
cancer bats

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

dont fucking hate on luke asshole

tylerdurden8136 (December 8, 2005)

fuck these douche bags, their luke skywalker heaircuts, ohio is for lovers slogan t-shirts, and american eagle ripped jeans. fuck their shitty inane lyrics and boring music.

what the fuck is wrong with luke skywalker?

Anchors (December 8, 2005)

I saw Coffin Dancer over the summer at The Alley while I was down there, and they were tremendous. Ex Tryanny Of Shaw singer I believe. Anyhow, great band, and I'll check the others out.

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

anchors check out these bands from miami on myspace: capsule, devices, dead lions, coffin dancer, and i love you.....youll probably dig them

BrandonSideleau (December 8, 2005)

Best band from Canada= either DOA or the Subhumans (yes, there is a Canadian Subhumans formed at the same time.....and they are just as good, if not better, than their UK twins)

Anchors (December 8, 2005)

And Kaospilot. I actually just got a Van Johnson/Kaospilot 7" in the mail today that I can't wait to listen to. I just don't have a record player at school.

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

check out Dallas Green's solo shit.

also, with all those screamo bands listed, i gotta add Ghost Stories and Van Johnson

Anchors (December 8, 2005)

Thanks dude, and good call on the ones I forgot. I forgot two more as well;

Kite Flying Society

fritobandito (December 8, 2005)

ANCHORS! You listed a SHITLOAD of awesome screamo bands down there. maaaad props. It made me happy.

I'd like to add I Hate Myself, The Saddest Landscape, The Kodan Armada, The Khayembii Communique, The Assistant, and Dispensing Of False Halos to round out that list. :D

sickboi (December 8, 2005)

Its "Virginia is for Lovers" you misinformed twat.

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

Propagandhi is the best band from canada, you stupid fucks.

fuck these douche bags, their luke skywalker heaircuts, ohio is for lovers slogan t-shirts, and american eagle ripped jeans. fuck their shitty inane lyrics and boring music.

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

Alexisonfire is NOT one of the best bands out there. Are you fucking retarded?! This is the same goddamn band that wrote that song '44. calibre love letter to your heart' or some shit..yep, that's really reeking of "greatness'. Thier last album wasn't anything great either. next!

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

I liked this split alot better when Coalesce and The Get up Kids did it.

just saying.

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

Alexisonfire is one of the best bands out there. their new track on the switch is definitely one of their best

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

god knows no band has ever done a split and covered each others songs before...

oh wait. a shit ton of bands have done that. way to start off your review by showing how little you know about music. alriiiiiiiiiight.

BlaquacadetZstyles (December 7, 2005)

And is the story about the porn site really true? I don't see how that does anything but bring her more publicity and shit. I can't imagine why she would think its a bad thing.

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

"Alexisonfire are the worst live band i have ever seen`

you have obviously never seen tripping daisy

BlaquacadetZstyles (December 7, 2005)

The only thing worse than kids who hate music just because it doesn't fit into their scene are kids who hate music just because it does fit into a scene.

ALEXISONFIRE is a very scene band...coincidentally, they're also a very good band, so who gives a shit.

fox82 (December 7, 2005)

Meh, I saw "AOF" and thought "Whoa! Articles Of Faith covers? Sweet". Then I realised it's this scene bullshit drivel. And fuck Henry Rollins while you're at it, Charlie Sheen was in Platoon.

tylerdurden8136 (December 7, 2005)

woah anchors is staff now!? when the fuck did this happen!? congrats on that...but seriously, this split is some good shit.

BrandonSideleau (December 7, 2005)

I assume the title is a "Chase" reference. These guys aren't anything special....no screamo is that I have heard. Maybe if they tried to rock like Hank rather than use his name in a song, they might get somewhere.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

For me, a general rule for this album is that any track below 5 minutes in length is a keeper. The Passing of America cover is pretty solid, as well as Moneen's cover of Sharks and Danger (Though I can't say it takes many liberties w/ AOF's version). The new Moneen track bored me, but Anchors is dead on when he says "Charlie Sheen vs. Henry Rollins" is one of the best AOF songs to date, despite its name. Excellent review, it's pretty much everything I thought about the split.

cherrycolarain (December 6, 2005)

Me, being a huge Moneen and Alexisonfire fan, truly enjoyed this EP. I even wrote a review on it, which was outdone by Achors here. i though the production on the new Alexisonfire song was fine though, the guitars were perfect in my opinion.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Yo sucka! you got a big dick, put it in my mouth!!!

Anchors (December 6, 2005)

The most well known band there is Saetia, who split up in 1999 and some people went on to form Off Minor, and some went on to form Hot Cross, who are both excellent bands as well.

Here's some bands that have broken up, but exemplified what good screamo was;

City Of Caterpillar
The Spirit Of Versailles
Love Lost But Not Forgotten
Light The Fuse And Run
Tyranny Of Shaw
Neil Perry
Reversal Of Man
Jerome's Dream
In Loving Memory
Joshua Fit For Battle

Current bands playing along that style;

Yaphet Kotto
Wow, Owls!
A Day In Black And White
My Disco!
Transistor Transistor

And for some old style emo, the shit that predates what I've listed, check out Heroin, Shotmaker, Honeywell, Embrace, and Rites Of Spring.

Hope that helps.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

hey anchors can you recommend some screamo bands....i'm not that new to the genre but i want to ge t some more bands i havent heard

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Split ! Split !

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

I'm gonna name my new band after a gayrilla biscuits song. I can't decide between "No Homosexual Surrender" or "Nailed in the Ass".


Tooleftfeet (December 6, 2005)

isn't minor threat named after a song by minor threat?

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

i hate when people complain about bands/labels named after old band songs...especially when its a title like this. you think quicksand fucking made up the term "dine alone" or what?

Anchors (December 6, 2005)

To the kid down below, I have seen Alexisonfire live.. 4 times I believe. The first time I saw them was about 2 years ago, and they were pretty terrible sound-wise. But every time since, they've been nothing but incredibly impressive. Sound, stage presence, everything, dudes can put on a real solid show.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

I know it's cliche to say "I hate all things _________" before describing a band that fits that genre, but Alexisonfire are one of the few listenable screamo bands and it's largely because Dallas can fucking sing. They're definitely one of the best at what they do.

It really pisses me off to see Alternative Press rip this band to pieces and give Hawthorne Heights (one of the few bands that literally manages to piss me off) a lot of good press and publicity.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Labels bearing the name of Quicksand song titles?

Whats next!? A band named after a Minor Threat song?

benz (December 6, 2005)

I love Moneen. Can't say much for Alexisonfire though.

Score is for when bands take more than 2 words and combine them and then make them their band name.


Sirens (December 6, 2005)

Looks like the Alkaline Trio logo? no. The Dead hearts logo? Yes.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Bleed And Blister is 5 minutes of pure emotional energy. The breakdown at the end is sick and gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it. Can't wait for the new cd.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Anchors, have you ever seen Alexisonfire live? I think you would really enjoy them, not only becuase you like both albums. I thought they were pretty good before, but they impressed me so much that they moved up quite a few notches on the ol' favorite bands list. They gave off a total Shai Hulud vibe in their passion and how well they connected with the fans. George totally reminded me of Geert with the sway he held over the crowd, plus he had a lot of Geert's superhero stances. Dallas reminds me a lot of Matt Fox. Accidents was a bone-chilling closer. Just a bunch of dudes with energy to spare giving everything on stage.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

SomeoneAnonymous, it's "Alexis On Fire", not "Alex Is On Fire". The name comes from a stripper called Alexis Fire. Alexisonfire.com was her website. She wasn't too happy that the band borrowed her website name for their band name but being a dumb stripper she hadn't bothered to copyright it, and hence was fucked, both literally and figuratively.

SomeoneAnonymous (December 6, 2005)

Do you pronounce the name of this band "Alexis on fire" or "Alex is on fire"?

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

oh wow, look, the alexisonfire logo looks strikingly similar to the alkaline trio logo. wow.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Since when were Alexisonfire metalcore? I can understand emo, emocore, posthardcore, whatever buzzwords are being thrown around...but metalcore? That's just ridiculous.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

I liked moneen better when they were called a blender that had thursday and explosions in the sky in it.

I liked alexisonfire better when it was a dudes name

You should call this site musicnews.org cause your site is too general. Its like having a hardcore porn site that features newlywed reruns. Or having pb and jelly sandwich which has more then just pb and jelly.

-Titties McTitties

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

is there only 3 songs on this album? you said they each play two covers each but you only listed one of each. I assume you left them out for reason of being sucky i guess. Im lazy i guess i can just look up the album online....

theundergroundscene (December 6, 2005)


Anchors (December 6, 2005)

"Wannabe metalcore" doesn't even make sense. It's not hard to be a metalcore band, if that's what they wanted to play, I'm sure they could add some double bass and breakdowns and bring the mosh!

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

This ep was better when it was Small Brown Bike and The Casket Lottery.....

just saying.

Jesse (December 6, 2005)

You're right, that band isn't going anywhere, because no one cares about a shitty wannabe metalcore band that sucks. So you're 100% right. They'll eventually breakup, and when they do they'll have zero friends, and they'll be cold and bitter about why they never hit it big, even with their popular formulaic songwriting.

psychoos231 (December 6, 2005)

Alexisonfire are the worst live band i have ever seen

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Good review.

Alexis butchered Passing of America, though.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

The production on the new moneen track is terrible. New Alexis song is pretty good, though.

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