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The Art of Drowning [Vinyl] [Limited Edition]

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 26, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Nitro Records
  • ASIN: B00004XSTD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Initiation
2. The Lost Souls
3. The Nephilim
4. Ever and a Day
5. Sacrifice Theory
6. Of Greetings and Goodbyes
7. Smile
8. A Story at Three
9. The Days of the Phoenix
10. Catch a Hot One
11. Wester
12. 6 to 8
13. The Despair Factor
14. Morningstar
15. Battled

Editorial Reviews

TracklistA1 InitiationA2 The Lost SoulsA3 The NephilimA4 Ever And A DayA5 Sacrifice TheoryA6 Of Greetings And GoodbyesA7 SmileA8 Story At ThreeA9 Dream Of Waking *B1 The Days Of The PhoenixB2 Catch A Hot OneB3 WesterB4 6 To 8B5 The Despair FactorB6 Morningstar* vinyl only track

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Jebus
Format:Audio CD
AFI are my current favourite punk band, although that phrase doesn't even begin to encapsulate them. Their sound mixes that of hardcore and punk with certain goth and metal aspects, and some absolutely killer lyrics. And None of their CDs exemplify this better than The Art Of's the best indie CD of the year, and, in my opinion, the greatest, and most artisitic punk album ever. Better than the Descendents ALL, better than the Dead Kennedys FrankenChrist...holy... Davey is a supreme lyricist and vocalist...not on par with Maynard James Keenan, but...on sort of a different level...beautiful and sad...Maynard is worth mentioning because it's obvious that he has influenced davey's lyrics due to a common thread of mysticism in their musical souls. Jade Errol Puget is the best guitar player punk has seen. EVER. He fills up the sound that two Bad Religion Guitarists do, and is more creative than either of those in the aforementioned band. His riffs pack huge punch, and always come with crazed pick scratches. Hunter Burgan is a wild bassist, with the stage persona of a serial killer and the talent of Matt from Rancid. Truly all over the place, and very, very wild. You can see it in his eyes. Adam Carson is the band's backbone, and a very sturdy one at that. his drum lines are pulverizing and he seems intent on destroying his drums. Adam is the man. There aren't too many bands that you can compare AFI to, with the exception of the Misfits, Samhain, Danzig, and, somehow, a lot of the emo bands...there's something commoin from all of these groups in AFI, and they present themselves so they don't come off as pretentiuous (they aren't) but sincere and talented (They are.) They inspire me as the singer of a punk rock band, and I hope to someday be as qualified to make rocking punk as Davey and the gang are.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect! December 10, 2004
By ladybug
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album for awhile now and I've come to realize that it is truely amazing. I would give every track a five star rating. The Art of Drowning is in fact my personal favorite album that AFI has released.

If you're a fan of fast punky music with a slight gothic twist, you are sure to enjoy this album as much as i have. If you're just getting into AFI, i recommend you start with this one. Davey's vocals are absolutely beautiful, and the bands amazing talent shines the whole way through.

Each track on here has its own unique sound and they are all quite catchy. The songs at the beginning of the CD are louder and faster, then they sort of mellow out near the end. I could listen to this album over and over and never grow tired of it.Please, do yourself a favor and buy this album today. You won't regret it!
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic punk March 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Let me start this review with a personal note: I'm not a punk. In fact, as a married 26-year old with a white-collar job and two cats, I'm not even close. Most punk, even from the more highly regarded bands in the genre (to say nothing of unspeakably awful poseur bands like Good Charlotte) bores me. Three-chord guitars and monotonous shouts just don't measure up in my book to the awesome power of metal bands like Meshuggah and Neurosis, or the creativity and musicianship of such alternative acts as Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo. Sure, many punk bands (Minor Threat, the Clash, and the Dwarves come to mind) have had their moments, but I'll take (real) metal or alternative any day of the week.

Another personal note: I had heard of (and heard) AFI before they were getting major radio airplay and selling records like hotcakes, thanks to a friend of mine who said I had to check out this great album called The Art of Drowning a few years ago. I gave it a couple listens, thought something along the lines of "eh, these guys ain't bad" and then forgot about it, but a while ago some reviews I read on this site piqued my interest, and I decided to give these guys another shot. Anyway, long story short, I'm glad I decided to look beyond my first impression, because the Art of Drowning is one mighty impressive album. It's not quite London Calling, or Refused's The Shape of Punk To Come (in this writer's opinion the best album released under the punk label, hands down), but it's an effort that shows a considerable amount of range and musicianship in a genre where those two qualities are often sorely lacking.

Mainstream (read: boring) radio stations and publications may be all atwitter over that insipid and overrated new Green Day album (hey, tired leftist dogma! *That's* different!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first AFI album I've heard November 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yep... the title said it all. The beginning of my AFI experience.

Prior to this release, I hardly listened to punk (I still don't to this day), but a friend of mine wanted me to burn a copy of this CD for him. I said okay. As I put it on, it grabbed my attention.

"The Art of Drowning" was a hardrocking anthemic punk album, and it's a damn fine album. From the moment I heard "The Lost Souls" (yeah, I know it's not the first track... the very first track didn't grab my attention), I was like, "Whoa." But unlike the punk bands that I had heard at the time (Rancid, Clash, Misfits, etc...), there was something different about AFI: the lyrics. Unlike hearing simple screaming lyrics that talked of defying authority or something of that matter, I heard poetry. Poetry? In a punk band? With loud, heavy, and fast music? Whoa! This is something completely different for me. Though you may not notice it in the first few songs, "Ever and a Day" clearly showed that for me (maybe that track foreshadowed what would be featured in their next album, "Sing the Sorrow").

As much as I appreciated the album, I wasn't too fond of Davey's vocals. Though he's got amazing range, I found myself not understanding what he's saying most of the time. But for some of the songs that I kinda understood, I still enjoyed it. Excellent fast-paced punk music that'll get you riveted and blood rushing. And for some of the band's more "softer" moments, like the awesome "A Story at Three" or final track "Morningstar," you're in for a treat. "The Days of the Phoenix" is supposedly the biggest highlight of the album, though I see nothing too special about it *awaits for angry replies*.

Above all: a solid punk album with some surprising, well-thought out poetic lyrics. But don't be fooled because I said "poetic lyrics." There's a lot of fast-paced punk music that'll make you bang your head.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique. Classic.
That's As far as fast paced agressive punk goes. I dont care about tue whole before/after debate. I liked them before that and i loved tjem after StS. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. B. MARTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
My daughter loves it... She has it on CD and she wanted to hear how it would sound on Vinyl. She enjoyed it even more.. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gil M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Got what I ordered
I ordered this CD used and it works perfectly. It doesnt have a case(it said it wouldnt anyway) but I love it and I got my money-worth.
Published 20 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars it grew on me
Black Sails changed everything. Then this album came out and no one liked it, because Black Sails was hard to chase. It is 2012. I first heard this cd 12 years ago. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Parola138
1.0 out of 5 stars GARBAGE!!!
This is the album that started the demise of this once great band. Dork and Fly in the Ointment were the best these guys came out with. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by murdercore
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one of AFI's great punk/goth style albums
This album really captures the fusion AFI was making with punk/hardcore with goth added to the mix. It's really great if you are into their first albums and has really cool... Read more
Published on April 23, 2011 by E. Heredia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Punk Masterpiece
We start out with a very crazy beginning guitar solo, which moves into the Lost Souls. This is a fun, dark and crazy song, about two people in a conflict. Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by Ella Gull
5.0 out of 5 stars AFI's Best in my opinion...
This CD is AFI's best in my opinion. It captures the darkness, the edginess, the punk attack, the abrasiveness, the everything good about AFI. Read more
Published on May 26, 2010 by Mr Speed
5.0 out of 5 stars one of their best
i am a huge fan of AFI and i believe that this CD is one of their best and would recommend it over any of their new stuff, i am not saying that their new stuff is bad though but... Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best melodic punk in years
If you're interested in getting into punk, or even if you're already familiar with it, AFI is pretty much a must-have band. Read more
Published on September 26, 2008 by exploding_pool
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take all of this emo and nerd and pop crap off of the punk rock listings...
you've ever even listened to this album. Admit it!

grow up and stop posting such tripe all over good albums like this.
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