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  AFI - Nitro Years {Nitro}
By Scannerzine submitted

I’ve always had a lot of respect for AFI. From the early fast and thrashy HC to the brooding, powerful and dark Punk Rock of the band’s sound today, it is a band that has continually progressed, broken down barriers and rarely disappointed. Also, each time I have interviewed vocalist Davey Havok, he has always been a sincere and rather humble fella, which adheres me to the band even more. This, as the title suggests, is a 15-track comp culled from the band’s 5-year stint at Nitro. It’s only when you get an array of tracks taken from various stages of the band’s history that you discover just how strong AFI’s songs are. Be it the freewheeling HC of ‘Perfect Fit’ or the majestic grace of ‘The Days Of The Phoenix’, there’s not a duffer on here; each track is a concise and finely structured slab of potent Punk Rock. It’s not just a straightforward cash-in comp either as some tracks have not been issued on CD and it also includes various EP tracks. Without doubt, this is a comprehensive collection of great tunes from a band that will surely go down as one of the best Punk/HC bands of the late 90s-early 2000s. Good atmospheric and tres Gothic packaging from Nitro as well. My only criticism is that at under 40-minutes playing time, it’s a tad short. A greater testament to the band’s Nitro Years would surely have been a 20-tracker, would it not?

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