Crisis (Alexisonfire album)

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Studio album by Alexisonfire
Released United States August 22, 2006
Recorded February–March 2006 at Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, ON; Silo Recording Studio, Ontario, Canada
Genre Post-hardcore, melodic hardcore
Length 41:37
Label Distort Entertainment, Vagrant, Hassle, Shock
Producer Julius Butty and Alexisonfire
Alexisonfire chronology
The Switcheroo Series: Alexisonfire vs. Moneen
Old Crows / Young Cardinals

Crisis is Alexisonfire's third studio album, and the follow-up to Watch Out!. The album was released in the UK on August 21, 2006 on Hassle Records and on Shock Records in Australia. Distort Entertainment released the album for Canada a day later than the UK release date, and Vagrant Records followed suit for the US market. The album debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling over 20,000 copies in its first week.[1] Crisis was certified platinum in Canada in May 2007.[2] It is also the first Alexisonfire album to feature a title track. 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 and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (64%)[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Jam! 3.5/5 stars[5]

There are limited editions of the album which include a USB flash drive containing bonus material. It includes the 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 from their trip in Europe to the audio of a new song called "Thrones". There is also an extra song called "My God is a Reasonable Man". The Vagrant Records 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.

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).[6]

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:




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


  • 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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