An ember inside?
Bodies is AFI's eleventh full-length album and it shows. That's precisely the backhanded compliment that it sounds like: they clearly have their formula down pat after thirty years, which means we get another reliably good album (because AFI is a consistently great band), but it comes with very few surprises. There is arguably nothing on Bodies that we have not witnessed from this outfit before in some capacity, even if some of the traits here mark a subtle progression from the sounds established between Crash Love, Burials, and The Blood Album.
Thirty years into their career, AFI seem due for a resurgence. While most of their peers from their mid-2000s heyday have fallen victim to time, the veteran band have pressed forward and arrived at a point in time when there's a reasonably sizable cross-section of young punks, elder emos and new-age goths that would gladly welcome an AFI comeback. The band's self-titled record -- a.k.a.