Crisis (Alexisonfire album)

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Crisis
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Studio album by Alexisonfire
Released August 22, 2006
Recorded February–March 2006
Studio Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, ON; Silo Recording Studio, Ontario, Canada
Genre Post-hardcore, melodic hardcore
Length 41:37
Label Distort Entertainment
Producer Julius Butty, Alexisonfire
Alexisonfire chronology
The Switcheroo Series: Alexisonfire vs. Moneen
(2005)The Switcheroo Series: Alexisonfire vs. Moneen2005
Crisis
(2006)
Old Crows / Young Cardinals
(2009)Old Crows / Young Cardinals2009
Singles from Crisis
  1. "This Could Be Anywhere In the World"
    Released: November 20, 2006
  2. "Boiled Frogs"
    Released: November 2006
  3. "Rough Hands"
    Released: June 28, 2007
  4. "Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints"
    Released: 2007

Crisis is Alexisonfire's third studio album, and the follow-up to Watch Out!. Crisis is one of Alexisonfire's most successful albums.

Conception & recording[edit]

This is the first album to feature Jordan Hastings on drums, replacing founding member Jesse Ingelevics. Ingelevics was no longer a part of the band as of June 14, 2005, according to a statement on Alexisonfire's official website. The post cited that the band and Ingelevics had slowly grown apart, and that he wanted to spend more time with his family and his fiancée. The song "Keep It On Wax" is about his departure, and his alleged trash-talking of the band that followed.[citation needed] The album also features Planes Mistaken for Stars frontman Gared O'Donnell singing on the track "You Burn First". The single "Boiled Frogs" refers to George's dad, whose boss tried to cheat him out of a pension, and refers to the popular theory that frogs, if placed in a pot of water and have the temperature slowly raised, will not notice that they are being cooked.

The album art for Crisis features aftermath of the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 that hit the Niagara Region and Western New York. The main cover features the famous picture of a frostbitten man, a snowblower clearing the large accumulation of snow, and bare trees during the blizzard. Additional pictures of the event are included inside the album's booklet. The lyrics from the song "Crisis" are based on this event.

Release[edit]

On July 5, 2006, it was announced that the band had signed to Vagrant, Crisis was announced for release, and "Boiled Frogs" was made available for streaming. Dallas Green explained that signing with Vagrant gave the band "a fresh start for us in the U.S."[1] In July and August, the band performed on the 2006 edition of Warped Tour.[1] Crisis was released on August 22[1] through Distort Entertainment. The album was released in the UK on Hassle Records, while Vagrant released it in the US. Limited edition versions of the album was released, with USB flash drives that contained bonus material. The bonus material included: live performances of "Accidents" and "Mailbox Arson" at the SCENE Music Festival in St. Catharines, Ontario, the making of the videos "Passing Out in America" and "This Could Be Anywhere in the World", and a slide show to the audio of "Thrones". There is also an extra song called "My God is a Reasonable Man". The Vagrant version has an insert between the jewel case and original album cover, the insert changed the cover art for the US release, this was not done in any other market.

In September and October 2006, the band went on a tour of Canada with Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats and Attack in Black.[2] In October and November, the band went on a co-headlining tour of the US with Moneen. They were supported by Cancer Bats.[3] In March and April 2007, the band supported Anti-Flag on their War Sucks... tour of the US.[4] In June, the band went on a US tour alongside Funeral for a Friend, Emanuel and Fightstar.[5] In September and October, the group supported Saosin on their headlining tour of the US.[6] In December, the group went on a Canadian tour alongside Anti-Flag, Saosin and the Bled.[7]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (64%)[8]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]
Jam! 3.5/5 stars[10]
Melodic 3/5 stars [11]
Punknews.org 4.5/5 stars[12]

The album debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling over 20,000 copies in its first week.[13] Crisis was certified platinum in Canada in May 2007.[14]

Crisis was voted 50th in the 50 Greatest Albums of the 21st Century in Kerrang!

The album was a big influence on Silverstein's Arrivals & Departures (2007), Cancer Bats' Hail Destroyer (2008), We Are the Ocean's Cutting Our Teeth (2010), Four Year Strong's In Some Way, Shape, or Form (2011) and 36 Crazyfists' Time and Trauma (2015).[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints" 3:48
2. "This Could Be Anywhere in the World" 4:03
3. "Mailbox Arson" 3:31
4. "Boiled Frogs" 3:57
5. "We Are the Sound" 3:40
6. "You Burn First" 2:40
7. "We Are the End" 3:46
8. "Crisis" 3:31
9. "Keep It on Wax" 3:48
10. "To a Friend" 3:15
11. "Rough Hands" 5:30
Total length: 41:37

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2006 Independent Albums 18
Top Canadian Albums 1
Top Heatseekers 5
Billboard 200 189
UK Album Charts 72
ARIA Charts 37

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b c "Alexisonfire sign to Vagrant, added to Warped Tour". Alternative Press. July 5, 2006. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Alexisonfire and Every Time I Die tour (Canada)". Lambgoat. Blast Beat Network. August 4, 2006. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Moneen touring U.S. with Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats". Alternative Press. August 31, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Set Your Goals in van accident, drop off headlining dates". Alternative Press. March 3, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Funeral For A Friend tour with Alexisonfire, stream new LP". Alternative Press. May 8, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Saosin confirm headlining tour with Norma Jean, Alexisonfire". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. August 14, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Alexisonfire touring Canada with Anti-Flag, Saosin, the Bled". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. September 12, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Alexisonfire - Crisis - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. 
  9. ^ "Crisis - Alexisonfire". Allmusic. 
  10. ^ "Album Review - Crisis". Jam!. 
  11. ^ Roth, Kaj (September 14, 2006). "Alexisonfire - Crisis". Melodic. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Alexisonfire - Crisis". Punknews.org. 
  13. ^ Williams, John. "Alexisonfire hot, Paris a chart flop". Jam!. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  14. ^ CRIA Gold and Platinum Certification Archived August 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Sayce 2015, p. 32
Sources
  • Sayce, Rob (August 2015). Bird, Ryan, ed. "Hall of Fame: 'Crisis' Alexisonfire". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (202). ISSN 1465-0185. 

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