Review #190: (Classic Album) Alexisonfire – Crisis

Artist – Alexisonfire
Album – Crisis (2005)

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Alexisonfire (Alexis-on-fire) are a post-hardcore band from Ontario, Canada. The band formed in 2001 and consists of members George Pettit – screaming vocals, Dallas Green – clean vocals/guitar, Wade MacNeil – vocals/guitar, Chris Steele – bass and Jordan Hastings – drums. Alexisonfire demolished the Canadian music scene with their self titled debut, becoming one of the countries most popular rock bands. The bands popularity came from their ability to write anthems in a genre that tends to shy away from catchiness, progressed by the combination of their three unique vocalists and the intertwining melodies they incorporated. Here is Alexisonfire’s most popular album to date and the one that defined their sound, ‘Crisis’.

‘Crisis’ begins as it means to go on, with the adrenaline shot ‘Drunks, Lovers, Sinners & Saints’, a great intro track showcasing catchy riffs and the three singers separate vocal styles. The next three songs are arguably Alexisonfire’s most well known, ‘This Could Be Anywhere In The World’, ‘Mailbox Arson’ and ‘Boiled Frog’. These three songs encapsulate what makes the band unique; their ability to combine aggression with memorability, those simple but extremely fun to play guitar riffs, rhythmically interested drum patterns (check out ‘This Could Be …’ intro) and those fantastic sing-a-long choruses featuring Greens angelic vocal tone. Five songs in and you think you pretty much know what ‘Crisis’ is gonna deliver, simple but catchy post-hardcore tunes, but then ‘You Burn First’ arrives, a track full of tension, destain and a long fantastic build up to a gritty end. We then come to the last track, where Alexisonfire have followed a similar route that many a band have taken, feature a slighter softer song to end on. The last track on ‘Crisis’ is ‘Rough Hands’, a very melodic and plodding song which leave the listener on a calm note, after the chaos of their previous songs.

‘Crisis’ may not automatically be considered a classic by many a music fan, maybe because it isn’t tremendously old or because the genre it encompasses is relatively new aswell. I however would call it a classic, as this review shows, I feel it features some of the best songs of the post-hardcore genre, best musicians, influential songwriting and the band/album as a whole became the voice for a brand new set of music fans.

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