Formed in Southern Ontario in 2001, and named after the only lactating contortionist stripper, it might seem obvious that Alexisonfire isn’t your typical band. Alexisonfire is one outfit that has been on the rise for the past 5 years, collecting awards annually.
Frequently switching between two vocalists in almost every song, the band offers a battle between one crunching screaming vocalist and a melodic, more peaceful vocalist. This duality gives two different interpretations of the same message. It also offers the listener to decide which voice is speaking for which emotion-an incredible way to structure songs.
People seem to have mixed feelings about nearly everything sang about, and Alexisonfire caters to this inclination musically on Crisis .
Innovative and interesting, Alexisonfire is doing something big here. Offering a sound that doesn’t echo too familiar or too different, the killer change is in the vocal harmonizing. Be aware though, this is not an album to put on if screaming vocals disturb you.
The screaming almost acts as a complimenting instrument that touches emotions much more than the melodic vocals due to the heart that can be heard in it.
With much of the focus on the vocals, the instrumentals prove to be a perfect backdrop to the story that is being told. Put this album on if you are ready to experience something that is different, harder and extremely emotionally charged.
release date: Tuesday, August 22, 2006