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Old Crows / Young Cardinals

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34 months after the release of their breakthrough album 'Crisis', the wait is over and we're thrilled to bring you the mega-fantastic 4th studio album by Juno-award winning St Catharines, Ontario band Alexisonfire titled 'Old Crows/ Young Cardinals'. The album was recorded at Armoury Studios (Vancouver, BC) and Silo Recordings (Hamilton, ON) and is co-produced by Alexisonfire, alongside Julius "Juice" Butty who produced both the 'Watch Out!' and 'Crisis' albums. limited initial pressing of 'Old Crows/ Young Cardinals comes in a lavish digipak with an Australia/ NZ bonus cut 'Wayfarer Youth'. Of this initial pressing, there is an extremely limited number of copies containing a bonus, Australian only embroidered Alexisonfire cloth patch.
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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B0028YW3IS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Previewing an album definitely helps people figure out what the music will sound like before they buy it and/or review it. This is another great album from a great band, highly recommended. But make sure you like this type of music before you buy it - it's got great melodies, but also screaming, loud guitars, etc.
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This is another fantastic album from Alexisonfire and is easily one of the best metal albums of all time. Comes with a fold out poster and has you yearning for more material from AoF, sadly Dog's Blood EP (four tracks and released a little bit after this) is their last release. So when you listen to this Album and Crisis for the first time, cherish the moments as you may never hear another release from AoF and these albums are a flagship for post-hardcore, and modern metal.
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I really liked alexisonfire but their latest album almost sounds like they died and were reborn as rise against. The songs are drab and uninspiring and lack any real appeal. Where the hell are the mean guitar licks?!?!?!? When I listen to the album it's hard for me to imagine that this is the same band that created such awesome songs like .44 caliber love letter, or no transitory. I don't know, maybe I'm a minority in thinking this but I rather have the old alexisonfire.
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I can see why some of AOF fans are disappointed -- in that the band evolves into a more grown up sound with this album. But for us fans who are also growing up, what a treat! This is their best album since their self-titled debut. We all loved George Pettit's screaming at first but it would have gotten old and tired if that's all that this band was able to give us... and they realize this. The band manages to stay true to their loud roots but pushing the sound in many different directions -- shades of U2, of Tool, of At the Drive-In... makes for terribly interesting listening. And damn good music to rock out to, too!
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I've listened to EVERYTHING Alexisonfire has had to offer. Their debut, Watch Out!, Crisis, their Switcheroo with Moneen and their newest front, Dogs Blood.

Before anything, I'm going to say that I'm not blindly attached to anything (as some other fans are going on about the band selling out or being too different)

Bands change. Times change. You deal with it.

Onto the album.

Track #1: Old Crows
Fantastic opener! Great guitar riffs and the noticeably different vocal style of lead vocalist George Pettit. (I'll go into George's vocals later.) This song also features excellent and cohesive drumming from Jordan "Ratbeard" Hastings. Wade MacNeil also contributes great vocals here. Just a simple great opening for the album. 8/10

Track #2: Young Cardinals
HERE WE GO. This will definitely be one of the songs you will listen to on repeat or abuse the rewind button for. Excellent and I mean EXCELLENT instruments (the solo near the end is very haunting and very well done.) and showcases Dallas Green's flawless vocals quite brilliantly. Intriguing lyrics are harshly delivered by George Pettit in a great performance that is sure to be remembered. 9/10

Track #3: Sons of Privilege
We're on the right path with brilliant track placement. The excitement after Young Cardinals doesn't stop as Sons of Privilege opens with an intense, crescendoing guitar track. Then it bursts into an intense melodic-fest as Pettit's vocals come in. The chorus is EXCELLENTLY delivered by Pettit, Green and MacNeil. A great number that's very catchy! 9/10

Track #4: Born and Raised
What may be the best song on the album is definitely one of the greatest songs I've ever heard.
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This is an album that requires multiple listens to grow on you. Sure, there is less screaming from from George in this album, but, the songs he does step up to scream are a total treat (ie. The Northern) The band have definitely matured musically and lyrically without compromising their intensity. It is not, in my opinion, better than their previous work but, is a very solid album. Give it a chance.

My favorites: Young Cardinals, No Rest, The Northern, Heading For The Sun
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I don't know if George's is just losing steam or what, but he screams just sound more like yelling now. The screams have lost a lot of the edge they had in their previous albums. And I'm not a big fan of how they crafted the songs on this album. It just doesn't sound like Alexisonfire to me. There are some decent songs on here, but as a whole, I'm just not digging it. It's sad to hear that they have broken up. I would've loved to have seen them return to the roots and bust another epic album like "Watch Out!" Oh, well. Good luck to all of them in their new paths.
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Maybe the flame that made Crisis a phenomenal album has been put out. That album was just too phenomenal. It was their most smokin' album yet. All the songs were rip roarin', energetically charged exercizes in hardcore/screamo/punk.

I've gotten tickets for Vans Warped Tour 2009 this year, and on the lineup is Alexisonfire, which is one of the bands I'm planning to see. But when I heard mostly Young Cardinals songs, I feel as if I'm in trouble (thank god the album tour has not been announced yet, because if I got tickets to that I'll feel like I wasted my money big time). Well I guess I'll endure the set, since they're amazing live as long as they play AT LEAST a few old songs. I saw them on the Crisis Tour in 2007 and holy crap, it was awesome.

But anyways onto the album. As much as I love Alexisonfire, I can't help but feel this album is incredibly rushed, as if they were in a hurry to get this album finished. Maybe I haven't listened to it enough times. I mean it's a solid album. There's good AND bad material. There's good songs like the first two songs, Heading for the Sun, Song of Privelege, Midnight Regulations, and Accept Crime. But it's also wracked with filler like Born and Raised, The Northern, and Burial. I'm on the fence about No rest- good music but incredibly bad lyrics. Same thing for Emerald Street.

In short, it's not bad, it's just lacking what drew me to Alexisonfire in the first place. I'll probably be skipping the album tour if it gets announced since usually they play the whole album live when they support an album for a tour.

Well at least I still have my Wade-autographed copy of Wade's solo project Black Lungs' album "Send Flowers"...
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