Album: All Hallow's EP
Label: Nitro Records
Pressing: 2015 Repress (2nd press?). 10" orange vinyl /???
Personally speaking, this is my ultimate Halloween record. Despite it only being four tracks long, I very much associate this record with this time of year. To the extent that I consistently put this and the two subsequent AFI albums, ‘Black Sails In The Sunset’ & ‘The Art Of Drowning’, back into my record rotation for the months of September and October. The crux of the idea for this EP is surely formed around their cover of The Misfits ‘Halloween’, however the 3 original tracks easily hold their own. You can't quite place your finger on what the defining element is musically, but the tracks are soaked in gothic and horror influences. That introductory guitar work on ‘Fall Children’ could easily have been lifted straight from a 70's horror film. And then there is the atmospheric interlude that ends ‘Halloween’, with it's off key piano and strings, a climax that is genuinely eerie. ‘The Boy Who Destroyed The World’ with it's blistering speed that eventually breaks, slows, and ends with a thunder crack and a downpour of rain. All of which is infinitely escalated by Davey Havok's gothic lyrics and bewitching vocal delivery - one moment throaty shouting, the next hauntingly poetic. The layering of all the vocal parts throughout ‘Totalimmortal’ is utterly fantastic. Fast. Melodic. Heavy. Theatrical. Catchy as hell. This was AFI at their finest. Happy Halloween