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Alexisonfire (pronounced Alexis-on-fire) was quite new to the music scene when they first released their debut album, named after the band, three of the five members were still only 17.
This album is said to have a less structered music style than the rest of their albums and you can tell the difference after one listen of each.
The band at the time consisted of George Pettit (Vocals), Wade MacNeil(Guitar and Vocals), Chris Steele (Bass), Dallas Green (Guitar and Vocals) and Jesse Ingelevics (Drums). George and Dallas's vocals having a large presence in most of their songs as well as Dallas and Wade's unusual guitar riffs. The lyrical content of this album is a bit different to other post-hardcore bands and maybe a little hard to understand, as well as Georges Aggressive Vocals screamed in a more different way to others in the sence that he screams a syllable at a time rather than a word in most of their songs.
Overall a great album from a already great band that are going places. Anyone interested in Screamo / post hardcore then this is a great album to buy.
1. .44 Caliber Love Letter
2. Counterparts and Number Them
4. A Dagger Through the Heart of St. Angeles
5. Polaroids of Polar Bears
6. Waterwings (and Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)
7. Where No One Knows
8. The Kennedy Curse
10. Little Girls Pointing and Laughing
11. Pulmonary Archery
Waterwings (and Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)
.44 Caliber Love Letter
Counterparts and Number Them
Hailing from St.Catherines, Canada, comes the first studio album from post-hardcore/screamo band Alexisonfire.
The band members are ; George Pettit who provides the screams, Dallas Green ; guitar and more harmonious vocals, Wade MacNeil (guitar, vocals), Chris Steele (bass), and Jordan Hastings (drums).
Released in September of 2002, the band describes their music as "two catholic girls having a knife fight" which is depicted on the cover of the album, of which singer George Petit took the photo of, at a local high school. In my opinion thats the best way to describe their music, its powerful screaming lyrics, mixed with awesome guitars and drumming.
This album isn't as polished and structured as their newer albums, but thats what I love about it. The eraticness and rawness of the album is what makes it so good.
"Pulmonary Archery" was the first single released from the album (last track on the album). It starts with a nice quiet guitar part, but as soon as singer George screams "Let's Go!" the verse begins, and you can tell with every scream that its from the heart, right to the end of the song which ends with random guitar sounds, and out of key bass lines. Sounds weird how I'm describing it, but seriously, give it a listen you'll love it.
Best tracks on the album in my opinion are ;
".44 Caliber Love Letter"
"Counterparts and Number Them"
"Polaroids of Polar bears"
"The Kennedy Curse"
I'd recommend this album to anyone whos into their screamo/post hardcore, and likes their music raw. Its without a doubt, one of their best albums.