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AFI: I Heard a Voice DVDI Heard a Voice DVD (2006)
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AFI have always been a staple to the punk community since releasing Answer That and Stay Fasionable on Nitro back in the mid-`90s. However, if you have been following this band's career you've likely asked yourself at some point, "What the hell has happened to these guys?" Some feel that since the r.
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AFI have always been a staple to the punk community since releasing Answer That and Stay Fasionable on Nitro back in the mid-`90s. However, if you have been following this band's career you've likely asked yourself at some point, "What the hell has happened to these guys?" Some feel that since the release of Sing the Sorrow, their major label debut on Dreamworks, that they have become a commercial success nightmare. So upon watching this live DVD, I went into it with little hopes of it being a satisfying live show considering that a large portion of the songs responsible for my love of AFI aren't here in this package.

When the concert starts with a very atmospheric tempo to set things off, Davey belts out some of the smoothest vocals on the first track, "Prelude 12/21." If you have ever seen AFI live then you're probably familiar with his ridiculously entertaining form of crowd participation. The vocals the crowd shouts can almost be heard over Davey himself, as they sing along to the songs on this here set. I personally thought that Decemberunderground was their weakest effert to date, but when "Kill Caustic" is performed so energetically and as loud as any respected punk song, you begin to realize AFI are truly a great live band. Hunter and Jade also play along Davey with such charisma and enthusiasm. It really looks like they played to the best of their ability, and I respect that a lot.

A few songs later, Davey pulls a song out of Shut Your Mouth & Open Your Eyes. Does the song "A Single Second" ring a bell? And to top it all, he actually has Nick 13 (of Tiger Army fame), sing alongside him in what is such a treat because the song sounds almost studio quality.

As for the rest of the set, you'll get to hear a perfectly done "Death of Seasons," synth and all, as well as fan favorite "God Called in Sick Today," which might be their best song put to disc. To make it even better however, Davey gets in the crowd during that song and is lifted up to sing a chorus so loud that i think Pantera would say turn the noise down.

All in all, this is a worthy purchase for any AFI fan, and if you don't have the money to spend on this, just catch them live when they come to your town -- it will be just as good. But if you truly can't stand their newer endeavors, simply go pick up a copy of Very Proud of Ya or the classic Black Sails in the Sunset.

 

 
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AFIrulez1 (July 8, 2008)

AFI is the best band, I love when Davey gets into the crowd and I laughed when he got fipped over, (Sorry Davey.) I alsothought it was funny in kill caustic when Davey does the strange move that I can't explain. That probably was the best AFI concert to date

nameless (March 29, 2007)

Fan fiction is fucking disturbing. Ew.

As far as AFI goes... I don't know. There are a couple of newer songs that I like, and I liked Sing the Sorrow but... the older songs are so much better.

thefineprint (March 26, 2007)

haha a stable to the community. does anyone fucking read these reviews before they post them?

freesandwich (March 26, 2007)

Score is for the first 2 Godfather movies. The third one sucked.

Godfather (March 25, 2007)

score is for the last comment

Anonymous (March 25, 2007)

Ahhh... Fuck It

Anonymous (March 25, 2007)

Airheads Feigning Inspiration

Anonymous (March 25, 2007)

Americans for Iraqis.

que?

Anonymous (March 25, 2007)

AFI- Always Fucking Infants

lolz?

LeightonESmith (March 25, 2007)

AFI - American Faggy Idols

amirite?

steveman (March 24, 2007)

Haha.

The tattoo in that blog is great. "Can you tell me what stopped the rain".

Terrible lyrics from a terrible song. I can already see where Blaqkaudio is going. The same generic, wannabe Cureish shit that AFI is doing, only without guitars and with terribly generic beats.

JayTee (March 24, 2007)

Was that AFI fan fiction?! That's fucked up.

Anonymous (March 24, 2007)

wow.

they have some GAY ass fans now.

i don't blame the band because a portion of their fans suck.

Anonymous (March 24, 2007)

If you ever needed a reason not to like AFI, here it is....

http://www.buzznet.com/tags/daveyhavok/journals/

tha t's most disturbing fucking shit I've ever seen.....

Ollywood (March 24, 2007)

Seeing them on the Art of Drowning tour was one of the greatest experiences I've had. That said I can't tolerate their shit anymore.

Anonymous (March 24, 2007)

why don't you go back to sucking off the clash.

JayTee (March 24, 2007)

Admit it Anonymous, you drive around in a black van with stenciled white snow graffix wallpapered on the inside with setlists.
(Deadheads smoked a lot, but since AFI is straight edge, the van is packed with Mountain Dew Pitch Blaqk.)

Anonymous (March 24, 2007)

On a side note, why do 98% of the people on this website not know their/there/they're?

It's about as bad as Aubin not being able to differentiate between its/it's.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (March 24, 2007)

i don't follow them around, i just happen to know that they are dusting off a lot of unplayed older songs

fucking dumbass.

Allular (March 24, 2007)

"dude... compare Art of Drowning to Decemberunderground...
Art of Drowning still had a bunch of shorter faster punk songs , now AFI is just synth pop with the occasional harder song (affliction and kill caustic)"

It seems like you forgot that Sing The Sorrow even existed. Decemberunderground makes sense from an album to album basis, just as Sing The Sorrow makes sense coming right after The Art of Drowning.

mynameisbud (March 24, 2007)

''Uhm... they AREN'T the same band. Mark and Geoff are long gone, and Geoff helped write a lot of the older songs. When you replace them with Hunter and a dude that looks like he spends 3 hours each morning doing his hair and makeup, you're bound to become shittier.''

dude... compare Art of Drowning to Decemberunderground...
Art of Drowning still had a bunch of shorter faster punk songs , now AFI is just synth pop with the occasional harder song (affliction and kill caustic)

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

Since I am pro-choice, how about:

A.F.I.: Aborted Fetuses Instantly!

Cruz Bustamante
Lieutenant Governor
State of California
(1999 - 2007)

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

AFI man... there albums are good from Answer that to Art of Drowning, Sing the Sorrow has a few good songs on it but Decemberunderground... it's just not the same band...

Uhm... they AREN'T the same band. Mark and Geoff are long gone, and Geoff helped write a lot of the older songs. When you replace them with Hunter and a dude that looks like he spends 3 hours each morning doing his hair and makeup, you're bound to become shittier.

On a side note, why do 98% of the people on this website not know their/there/they're?

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

"old songs afi have played live within the last 6 months:"

its a good thing if your following them around like the grateful dead, but who cares if they rub one off in LA?

come to think of it, they're becoming our grateful dead in both content and ridiculousness. All Davey needs now is an ice cream, and a boo berries tie in.

wyzo

mynameisbud (March 23, 2007)

AFI man... there albums are good from Answer that to Art of Drowning, Sing the Sorrow has a few good songs on it but Decemberunderground... it's just not the same band...

Deadpan (March 23, 2007)

The bad thing about how awful AFI's new stuff is, is that it made me question why I ever liked them in the first place. Now I can't decide whether I just outgrew them, and subsequently still respect the older material (well, ok, Black Sails To Sing The Sorrow at any rate), or whether it was all just a horrible blip on my taste radar. Which sucks, because they used to be one of my favourite bands.

Either way, this band has never come up with a single decent lyric, ever.

stevejonestherealbones (March 23, 2007)

abuncha fucking idiots

- jones the bones

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

asking for it. anthems for insubordinates.

JayTee (March 23, 2007)

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JayTee (March 23, 2007)

American Film........ Institute

JayTee (March 23, 2007)

A Fire............. Inside

JayTee (March 23, 2007)

Afi

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

oh and the review and dvd suck ass.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

old songs afi have played live within the last 6 months:

file 13
malleus mareficarum
no poetic device
triple zero
wester
3 1/2
overexposure
ever and a day
key lime pie
midnight sun
the boy who destroyed the world

quit yer bitchin'.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

good god. that has to be some of the cheesiest writing i have ever read.

stevejonestherealbones (March 23, 2007)

its all about shopping and being told he was a wizard by a cyber girl and being a corporate fashion whore while at the same time calling out regular people at vegas for being cretins

anyway, the blaq audio blog has the worst of it

http://blog.myspace.com/blaqkaudio

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

do jade and davey have personal myspaces, or is it just the afi one?

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

What do they say in their blogs? I'm curious, but I don't want my coworkers to see me on AFI's MySpace page. Not because I'm not supposed to be online, but because they would just think I was really lame.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

Boo! The only good concert recorded at Long Beach Arena was Iron Maiden "Live After Death".

stevejonestherealbones (March 23, 2007)

If anyone cares what's on Jade and Davey's Myspace blogs and judges their band because of it, that's pretty lame.

its lame to judge a band by what their members say publicly?

so i guess if a band runs their mouth saying "fuck fags and niggers" i should just let it slide? because what jade and davey talk about is just as offensive and insulting to anyone's intelligence

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

If anyone cares what's on Jade and Davey's Myspace blogs and judges their band because of it, that's pretty lame.

That being said, this DVD is pretty cool. Great editing, sounds great and shows AFI at their best. Jade IS pretty sloppy but he's always been and honestly, they're energetic enough. Who really cares about how tight a band that plays this kind of music is anyways?

I used to LOVE AFI but this DVD brought back some good memories. One of the best live DVD's I own.

stevejonestherealbones (March 23, 2007)

i kind of find it funny that outside of that mohawk song on Answer That, the only great lyrics that this band have ever sung are in a cover song by Filth - Todays Lesson

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

Wow, remember when these guys actually put out a good record. Me neither. Answer That and Stay Fashionable is definitely their best shit. Blacks sails was alright, but come on...a classic. I don't think so. Davey used to have a fucking mowhawk, now he looks like a little bitch with all that fucking makeup and the hair...oh my god. He looks stupid. But I guess thats what sells. Most of their fans these days never even heard of them before the last release. Now All their shows are filled with ignorant kids and jocks that really don't know any thing about them, all they know is they saw them on mtv and it's cool to like them. Stupid kids! Listen to some real punk rock.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

answer that and stay fashionable and very proud of ya are complete garbage. thank god they evolved out of that, but the direction on their new album sucks too. way too 80's and poppy. they had 3 solid albums but they hold little appeal to me anymore.

Paul

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

"Answer that and stay fashionable came out on wingnut."

I think it was re-released on Nitro in 1997 though. I guess that's close to the mid 90s.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

Does each DVD come with a random picture of one of the bandmembers again, so that they can trick their stupid fans into buying 4 of the same damn thing?

LMChc (March 23, 2007)

a dissapointing review lineup

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

"shut your mouth..." is the last good AFI record, yet all the hot topic kidz won't touch it cuz it's not all over Fuse. their loss!

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

God called in sick is not that good of a song. please.

I-type-poorly (March 23, 2007)

Where the hell is the Big D review?

stevejonestherealbones (March 23, 2007)

I dont know how anyone can be an AFI fan after reading the kind of bullshit and crap that Jade and Davey spout in their myspace blogs

i mean, i know that leaves me open to why the fuck was i reading it in the first place, but seriously these two guys talk about some of the most superficial shit and seem like some of the most closed minded people out there when it comes to anything that doesnt involve eating plants and shopping for purses and listening to ABBA

anyway, i would but this if it was a live album maybe, but its hard to look at davey nowadays, if i want to watch something comically disturbing i'll go buy that Kane movie

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

WyldCannon (March 23, 2007)

"All in all, this is a worthy purchase for any AFI fan, and if you don't have the money to spend on this, just catch them live when they come to your town -- it will be just as good."

if you were a fan wouldn't seeing them live be BETTER than watching a dvd???

saw them live this summer and it was still an awesome show, despite the Decemberunderground domination. The closing of "God Called In Sick Today" was one of the best live concert moments of my life.

KarlH (March 23, 2007)

Tongue in cheek statements rule. I'm done. No more PN.org for me today.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

listening to AFI or watching Brokeback Mountain, Which is gayer?

KarlH (March 23, 2007)

"RE: KarlH

"Stable" should be "Staple". Is that what your talking about or are you criticizing the reviewer's taste in music/DVD/etc?"

I guess. Music/dvd taste-I don't care. Just getting the morning going and I thought I'd participate in the "AFI used to be...." game.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

RE: KarlH

"Stable" should be "Staple". Is that what your talking about or are you criticizing the reviewer's taste in music/DVD/etc?

KarlH (March 23, 2007)

This review has a glaring error.

Answer that and stay fashionable came out on wingnut.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

if you "are" punk then you would see thru this shit. dude, remember when afi was in mrr? remember all the stupid shit dave said? remember his bald head , boots, suspenders? rememberhis skinhead nonsense. now look at him, just like he wanted back then.....to become rich and a "preacher" to the young. what a idiot. what a fucking girl.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

"if you don't have the money to spend on this, just catch them live when they come to your town"

this makes no sense. are you implying afi tickets cost less than the dvd? think again.

threechordsandthetruth (March 23, 2007)

"Hunter and Jade also play along Davey with such charisma and enthusiasm. It really looks like they played to the best of their ability, and I respect that a lot. "

... so Adam (drummer) just sucks? If anything, he holds shit together, because both times I've seen AFI (and in all the live footage I have), Jade plays pretty sloppily (listen to him, he can NEVER nail the intro to Leaving Song Part II) and shit. Most of that is because he's throwing himself all over the stage, but even so, Adam needs some recognition, he's a good drummer and sings backing too.

I haven't seen this DVD and don't really think I need to. I saw AFI last October and seemed to be the only person over 20 there, and nobody around me knew what the fuck was going on when they played Totalimmortal (or even Days of the fucking Phoenix).

Hey_Asshole (March 23, 2007)

people actually like this band? how many horrible releases do they need to have before kids realize that and promise they ever had has been pissed on and ruined?

also: the more davey looks like a woman, the more the music sucked.

this band is for retards

JKyle (March 23, 2007)

Score is for Davey's makeup.

The DVD's pretty good.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

"This band is Dead To Me."

no, they're AFI

fallingupwards84 (March 23, 2007)

so is AFI supposed to get a pat on the back for playing one SINGLE song off SYMOYE?
wow, thanks so much guys!!
and one song from Black Sails too!! i mean, the original fans are the only reason why you got where you are today.. we should be grateful that we only get one or two songs from that era live anymore!

"if you truly can't stand their newer endeavors, simply go pick up a copy of Very Proud of Ya or the classic Black Sails in the Sunset."

I'm pretty sure that AFI fans who dont like their newer albums have had these two for awhile now...

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

I like AFI through Black Sails.
Do punk rock a favor. Don't call Black Sails a classic.

MikeStupid (March 23, 2007)

The direction AFI has gone in really bums me out. It's one thing to be proud of your new material, but it seems like they're almost entirely ignoring their older fans now. I don't have any interest in seeing this, and since AFI used to be one of my favorite bands, that's sad.

capitalist_pig (March 23, 2007)

Seriously, where's the Big D review?

hubitcherkokov (March 23, 2007)

I love this DVD. Unlike most other AFI fans (or fans of their older material), I'm really pretty happy that they left most of their older material off of the release. The newer material just sounds so much better and translates so well live.

usversusthem (March 23, 2007)

Saw this band live this past summer, got this DVD this winter, and... they both were quite good. I hear the gripes about AFI's descent into shittitude, and sure, they're a far cry from their hardcore past, but I still enjoy their new music, and their live show just makes me happy. So sue me.

GlassPipeMurder (March 23, 2007)

slow reviews day. all afi's new music makes me cringe.

treos (March 23, 2007)

i didnt know these guys were a stable, but im glad, now i know where to tether my horse.

brendankelly (March 23, 2007)

"a stable"

freesandwich (March 23, 2007)

This band is dead to me.

Anonymous (March 23, 2007)

Don't see this band live, it is a huge dissapointment

SuperRad (March 23, 2007)

I still like these guys.

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