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Whether they use Marshall stacks, MAC Cosmetics or a combination of both, AFI want to leave a permanent mark on contemporary rock.
Tristan Staddon discovers their master plan.
Davey Havok gave away his toy collection a while ago. BUt THAT didn’t stop us from creating five collectible covers for this month’s issue. (LOYAL subscribers got the last one.) collect all 4 wherever alternative press is sold, or order them on page 220 or online at altpress.com
THE ORAL HISTORY OF SHAI HULUD
Sure, today it may be common for hardcore bands to mix genres with all the grace of a meth cooker, but Shai Hulud’s wild metalcore hybrid-and internal dysfunction-was the flashpoint for many of them.
21 & UNDER
For our 21st birthday this month, we’re kicking back at the bar with some of our favorite band members who’ve also recently hit legal age. But mostly, we’re just handing out fake IDs to the even younger bands we’re predicting big things for later.
Forget chasing safety: Underoath’s new album is so hard that law-enforcement officials should consider insulating their bulletproof vests with it.
Chris Carrabba turned to the internet to find out what kind of new album he was making. Then, he just laughed at the rumors and followed his heart-to Jamaica?
MURDER BY DEATH
While most of us would rather avoid the rings of Hell, MBD studied them to create the most captivating album of their career.
As a member of Glassjaw, Daryl Palumbo made you bang your head. With Head A, he’s after your heart-and your dance moves.
Britain’s finest post-everything quartet are ready to conquer America, but they’re not going
to write crap songs to make it happen.
NIGHTMARE OF YOU
For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction-and ex-Movielifer Brandon Reilly learned that firsthand when he broke with his punk past to form this dancefloor-dominating new group.
In this exclusive interview, Kyle Ryan gets face time with Chicago’s brightest hardcore band to discuss their upcoming album, track by track.
THE BOUNCING SOULS
AP follows New Jersey’s punk diplomats for a quick trip around the Pacific Rim before
the release of their explosive seventh album. Fortunately, no volcanoes were harmed in the process.
INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE
Less Than Jake’s Chris Demakes avoids getting arrested in Op-Ed; and everyone from Silverstein to From First To Last (and you, of course) wonders why some bands are trying to get you arrested in the AP Poll.
NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview new discs from Eighteen Visions, Cheap Trick and more; and In The Studio peeks in on Norma Jean, Strike Anywhere and Spitalfield.
We give the monthly Lowdown on Regina Spektor, the Stills, Moneen and others; AP&R happily does record-label talent scouts’ jobs for them; Disclothesure takes it to the street-Adeline Street, that is; Shadows Fall let us play in their road cases; Chalkboard Confessional talks inspiration-and class warfare-with Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel; and Fuse VJ Steven debuts his AP-exclusive Untitled Rock Column from some party in Texas.
Kevin Connolly raps about his Entourage; Sam Huntington talks about the super experience of Superman Returns; plus, Bastards Of Young celebrates the majesty of the basement show; and Now Showing checks out what’s new in theaters and DVD players this month.
The AP Record Store is open for business, and our crusty clerks have the scoop on new releases from Underoath, Tool, Angels & Airwaves, Halifax, Zao, the Black Heart Procession, Matmos and others; exclusive In-Store Sessions with tap-dancing indie darlings Tilly And The Wall and Peeping Tom mastermind Mike Patton; and respective punk- and classic-rock history lessons on God and Satan, respectively-okay, the Replacements and Steve Miller. All that plus reissues, rarities and the 19,000th mention of Head Automatica this issue in Listening Station.
10 ESSENTIAL NEW ALBUMS BY BANDS FROM OUR PAST
AP’s crusty editor in chief dug through 21 years of back issues and actually found 10 bands from our past who are still making great music today. He claims it wasn’t as hard as he expected; we think he’s just a masochist.