Listening to the first minute of AFI's major-label debut, Sing the Sorrow, it's easy to imagine a terribly ominous and brooding horizon.

Listening to the first minute of AFI's major-label debut, Sing the Sorrow, it's easy to imagine a terribly ominous and brooding horizon. For the epically titled prologue, "Miseria Cantare—The Beginning," calls up the Cure's frightful Pornography disc, with its stark arrangement of eerie synth work and tribal electronic drumming. That said, while any chance of a hovering rain cloud passes, tracks with titles like "Bleed Black," "The Great Disappointment," and "The Leaving Song" make AFI (short for A Fire Inside) the unofficial heir to the throne of Danzig or perhaps Slayer. Conversely, such songs as "Girl's Not Grey" or "Silver and Cold" charge with the brightest choruses this side of Weezer's Green Album. Imagine Robert Smith bleeding his heart out for Refused or Chris Carraba wailing while Against the Grain-era Bad Religion plays in the background and you've got the well-produced, albeit predictable Sing the Sorrow.—AK

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