Posted by: will | October 5, 2006


Alexisonfire “Crisis” (Vagrant)

Buy it at Insound!

Wow, I remember listening to Alexisonfire’s Self-Titled debut record a few years ago and thinking that it was pretty awful save a few songs. The band has undergone a remarkable progression to this, their third album. As much as I have come to loathe this style of post-hardcore/screamo, Ontario’s Alexisonfire have proved with Crisis that they deserve to be above the mountains of unoriginal bands playing in this genre.

The first thing that jumps out to you is the powerful dual vocals of the band. You have the the impassioned screamy style of one vocalist which are complimented nicely by the smoother serenade of another. It’s a trick that has been done a thousand times before but when you do it right, it works. Alexisonfire pull it off brilliantly. Much of Crisis plays out at a breakneck speed as the band hardly lets up from the throttle. The album centerpiece “You Burn First” sees the band slowing it down a bit. This song sounds like the band’s been listening to the slow burning style of latter day Planes Mistaken For Stars a good bit. The album closer “Rough Hands” is a slower number as well that showcases the band’s range. The band would be well suited to offer more of this kind of tempo variation in the future. They’ve certainly got the talent to pull it off. One thing is certain though. When listening to Crisis you realize that Alexisonfire has more heart and guts than 95% of the bands playing this style. In the end, that’s what sets the band apart.

If you are not a fan of the newer school of bands playing this type of style I highly doubt Alexisonifire have what it takes to convert you. However, if you dig this style or can appreciate the better bands of the genre, Alexisonfire is definitely on the top tier looking down at all the pretenders. Give Crisis a chance. It certainly surpised me and it just might do the same for you.

RIYL: Thrice, Rise Against, Planes Mistaken For Stars


Alexisonfire – Drunks, Lovers, Sinners And Saints (mp3)

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