After waiting more than four years, AFI finally put forth the newest addition to their impressive collection of records. Burials represents everything that these California punk-rockers (and every other genre they’ve added over the years) have stood for, since the new millennium. While they remain dark and artistic, they also incorporate much of the 80’s influence that has really become a prime nature of their current musical style, almost as if it were locked away all these years. Davey Havok, as he normally is, is remarkable – Top 5, easily.
They just seem to be getting heavier. Although Dead Throne was hands down the best record of 2011, this is in no way a disappointment. Mike Hranica is an unstoppable force and brings several new elements to each new creation of powerful wonder. Combining that with their unique way of mixing hardcore with metalcore, they are much more than your traditional “current heavy” band. In some ways, this record is even better than their previous, which warrants serious judgment surrounding their ability to always do better – well done.
Although she dropped the “& The Cans” (due, in part to the jokes I’d imagine), Laura Stevenson is still one of the best vocalists you will ever have the pleasure of hearing. Being a much more complete record than 2011’s Sit Resist, Wheel is just stunning, simply put. While Stevenson and her bandmates burst into my ears and my heart a couple years ago, they firmly planted themselves in my “forever and ever” category – so, no pressure or anything. Oh, and she is even better live? Shit.
This album was set to “Repeat” for about a month and a half. Typically when something like that happens, I overdo it and it falls off the map, so to speak. Not in this case. Oli Sykes and all of his surreal talent surrounding him have created a masterful work of genius that never seems to lose its fancy. Popping it in (iTunes, so I guess we would call it double-clicking?) once again, the record maintains its original force that so consumed me all those months ago. And I thought their previous, with the unthinkably long name could never be topped – wrong.
Please just read my full review here, posted earlier this year. My thoughts and opinions have not changed since that time and it will give you a much more detailed analysis of the record and its complete dominance over everything else 2013. Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Jeremy Davis are just perfect.
Best Live Show: Paramore: The Self-Titled Tour
Best Vocalist: Laura Stevenson (again)
Biggest Disappointments: Asking Alexandria and Alkaline Trio
Best Comeback: Jesse Leach Killswitch Engage
Newbies Of The Year: Kitten, Famous Last Words, Twenty One Pilots, Strangers To Wolves, and Tilian
Biggest Surprise: A Skylit Drive
Top 10 Tracks Of 2013:
1. “City Of Angels” – 30 Seconds To Mars
2. “Same Old Same Old” – The Civil Wars
3. “Martyrs” – The Devil Wears Prada
4. “The Move” – Laura Stevenson
5. “Screen” – Twenty One Pilots
6. “The Dope Beat” – letlive.
7. “Headlights” – Eminem (Ft. Nate Ruess)
8. “Say Something” – A Great Big World (Ft. Christina Aguilera)
9. “Save Rock And Roll” – Fall Out Boy
10. “The Show Must Go On” – Famous Last Words
Most Anticipated: Needtobreathe