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The Art of Drowning [Vinyl] Limited Edition

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Limited edition 180-gram grey marbled vinyl LP. Hardcore punk goes goth in the hands and screams of AFI. Grind in some metal and a little emo, and you've got a kickin' album with "The Art of Drowning." AFI's fifth studio effort really gets to the core of classic punk. Rowdy and restless, it rages against the powers that be. Only 300 pressings were made of this remastered limited edition album. It is pressed into sturdy 180-gram vinyl that is a grey marbled configuration, not too far removed from a headstone. The song "Dream Of Waking" is a special vinyl-only track. The album peaked at 174 on the Billboard 200 chart. Nitro

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 19, 2000)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Nitro Records
  • ASIN: B00004XSTD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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By ladybug on December 10, 2004
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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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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 Drowning...it'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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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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