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Author's Rating
Vocals 6.75
Musicianship 6.75
Lyrics 6.5
Production 6.25
Creativity 6
Lasting Value 5.75
Reviewer Tilt 7
Final Verdict: 64%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9.21
Musicianship 8.65
Lyrics 8.42
Production 8.49
Creativity 7.93
Lasting Value 8.16
Reviewer Tilt 8.21
Average: 84%
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Alexisonfire - Crisis

Reviewed by: Drew Beringer (08/30/06)

Alexisonfire are like a cult. They aren’t wildly popular and haven’t rode the wave of “popular screamo” like most bands have, but they have a fiercely passionate core of fans and two albums that match that intensity. After spending a few years on the Equal Vision roster, Alexis has jumped ships to one of the biggest independent labels ever, Vagrant, to release their third album, Crisis. Possessing one of the finest vocals talents in the scene, Dallas Green, Alexisonfire are looking to break into new ground. Incorporating three styles of vocals (from Green, George Pettit, and Wade MacNeil) with dual guitar work, Crisis is a bag full of mixed results. Throughout the eleven tracks, you’ll come across some songs that are good, some that are horrible, and a lot that sound like watered down versions from Watch Out!.

Crisis kicks off with the bombastic “Drunks, Lovers, Sinners, and Saints.” The intro to this song reminds me a lot of Emanuel, with its jagged guitar work and gruff vocals. “This Could Be Anywhere In The World” starts with a crushing guitar riff and Green’s vocals shine, but this song blends in and starts to bore me with how straightforward it is. The album picks up with “Mailbox Arson,” which is one of the strongest tracks on the album. George’s screaming takes over the beginning of the song while the guitar riff needles in and out. Beside the horrible title, “Boiled Frogs” is my favorite track on the album, as Alexisonfire’s potential finally comes through. This song is equally aggressive as it is passionate, mixing the different styles of vocals nicely with the driving guitarwork. “We Are The Sound” starts off with a menacing riff that picks up into the breakneck speed of the track. The chorus brings down the overall vibe of the track, as the faster pace really benefits the overall sound of Alexisonfire. The next song, though, takes the overall mood of Crisis and turns into a natural disaster. “You Burn First” is probably one of the worst songs I’ve heard all year. Planes Mistaken For Stars lead singer sings on this track and sounds like a dying goat and the music is just so bland. Honestly, it sounds like a Staind b-side, it’s that bad. After that song, you might just want to turn off the album, as the second half of the album isn’t as strong as the first. “We Are The End” is an uninspired track that just drags. The title track is one of the lone bright spots on the second half, as it starts with a menacing riff and booming drums, and is another fast song that really plays to AOF’s strengths. “Keep It On Wax” sounds like a weak b-side from Watch Out!, while “To A Friend” is one of the harder tracks on the album, but loses steam throughout the track. The album closes with a slower track, titled “Rough Hands.” Green’s voice is the focal point on this track, and it’s an all right track, but its placement in the tracklisting doesn’t help its cause. It closes the album on a boring note, and I think it would have been better to cut “You Burn First” and put this song in its place, and close with the title track. That would have made the overall flow of the album that much better and more enjoyable.

I’m not going to lie, Crisis is one of biggest disappointments of 2006, if not the biggest. Their first albums are very good and daring, while Crisis comes off as a safe record, which is a shame, because Alexisonfire is capable of so much more. As of now, I would only recommend this album to hardcore AOF fans. AOF haters will still hate, as this album will do nothing to change their minds. If you are a new listener, then please get a hold of their self titled album and Watch Out!, as those are AOF’s best work. Personally, I hated this album at first, but as I gave it more listens, it become more tolerable, so don’t toss it after a few listens, as it is a grower. Overall, Crisis could have been so much more, as there are a few grand songs on here, but the mediocrity of the other tracks brings it down so much. Hopefully, this album was just a hiccup in Alexisonfire’s career, because if this is a sign of things to come, then we’ll have a real Crisis on our hands.

Additional Information
1. Drunks, Lovers, Sinners, And Saints
2. This Could Be Anywhere In The World
3. Mailbox Arson
4. Boiled Frogs
5. We Are The Sound
6. You Burn First
7. We Are The End
8. Crisis
9. Keep It On Wax
10. To A Friend
11. Rough Hands

Alexisonfire are:
George Pettit - vocals
Dallas Green - guitar, vocals
Wade MacNeil - guitar, vocals
Chris Steele - bass
Jordan Hastings- drums

Release Date: August 22, 2006
Record Label: Vagrant
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11:10 AM on 08/30/06
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drew, this should've gotten a 1%
11:12 AM on 08/30/06
Drew Beringer
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drew, this should've gotten a 1%

Oh great, here comes another thread with people bitching about the score :p

ilu baby
11:13 AM on 08/30/06
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Drew, I thought you hated this album?
11:17 AM on 08/30/06
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I definitely agree that this album was a huge disappointment. Good review nonetheless, man.
11:18 AM on 08/30/06
Drew Beringer
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Drew, I thought you hated this album?

I did at first, as I stated in the album. Did you just skip over the last paragraph or something?
11:24 AM on 08/30/06
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"if this is a sign of things to come, then we’ll have a real Crisis on our hands".

haha, good line.
11:25 AM on 08/30/06
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Couldn't disagree more with assements of "You Burn First" and "Keep It On Wax." (my favorite track)
11:25 AM on 08/30/06
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shame... this album had so much potential
11:27 AM on 08/30/06
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This review was perfect. Exactly what I've been telling my friends since I heard it.

The first half of the CD would make a decent EP, and the other half would make a decent torture device.
11:27 AM on 08/30/06
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Like Drew stated, this album gradually grows on you. I initially thought it was terrible. After 10+ listens, however, I really think that this album is better than Drew's ratings. All of the songs flow remarkably well. That said, I have only heard a smidge of "Watch Out!" so I may not have a great frame of reference.
11:27 AM on 08/30/06
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I can't believe this shit. Crisis is amazing
11:27 AM on 08/30/06
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Oh great, here comes another thread with people bitching about the score :p

ilu baby

:fuck: forever
11:30 AM on 08/30/06
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I personally think the first half of this album shows what AOF is made of and what they're capable of and makes it totally worth $9.99. The second half rivals the crappiness of some songs off the old AOF from their self titled album. Beeing a devote AOF fan the first four tracks are exactly what I was expecting from them and made up for the crap that made up the rest of the album. I think this album needed a track for Dallas to show what he is made of like "Happiness by the killowatt" and "No Transitory" The review is a bit harsh but tells it how it is.
11:31 AM on 08/30/06
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I think this album blows everything they've ever done out of the water and I've been listening to them for a really long time.

edit: I just read the review and I'm disregarding it due to the fact this guy has never heard of Planes Mistaken For Stars
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