The Art of Drowning (album)

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The Art of Drowning
AFI - The Art of Drowning cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 19, 2000
RecordedFantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
  • Chuck Johnson
  • AFI
AFI chronology
All Hallow's E.P.
The Art of Drowning
The Days of the Phoenix EP
Singles from The Art of Drowning
  1. "The Days of the Phoenix"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Punknews4/5 stars[6]
Decoy Music3/5 stars[7]
Alternative Press5/5 stars[8]

The Art of Drowning is the fifth studio album by American rock band AFI. It was released on September 19, 2000, through Nitro Records. Between June and August 2001, the group performed on the Warped Tour.[9]

The album was listed by Alternative Press as one of the ten most-influential punk albums of the year 2000.[10] The album was included in Rock Sound's 101 Modern Classics list at number 40.[11]

Track notes[edit]

The lead single, "The Days of the Phoenix", experienced moderate airplay on modern rock stations, the most notable being KROQ-FM. A music video was released for the song and was shot in a venue in California called 8 Below. It was directed by Marc Webb. "The Days of the Phoenix" was released as an EP in 2001, which peaked at #152 on the UK Singles Chart. "Wester" and "6 to 8" were also released in the form of promotional singles.

When asked about the track "Smile" in an interview, Davey answered,

The Art of Drowning also features AFI's first use of electronic music in the beginning of "The Despair Factor". The track eventually inspired the name of the band's official fan club, The Despair Faction.

Track listing[edit]

2."The Lost Souls"2:42
3."The Nephilim"2:35
4."Ever and a Day"3:06
5."Sacrifice Theory"1:58
6."Of Greetings and Goodbyes"3:04
8."A Story at Three"3:53
9."The Days of the Phoenix"3:27
10."Catch a Hot One"2:54
12."6 to 8"4:21
13."The Despair Factor"3:54
14."Morningstar" (The song "Morningstar" ends at 3:25. After 7 minutes of silence (3:25 - 10:25), begins the song Battled.)11:30

Bonus tracks, B-Sides, unreleased tracks, etc.[edit]

All tracks recorded during the Art of Drowning sessions unless otherwise noted.

  • "Battled" is featured as a hidden track on the CD format of the album.
  • "Dream of Waking" is featured as track 9 on the A-Side of the 12" vinyl edition of the album. It was later released on the Nitro Records Punkzilla compilation. It also appears on the iTunes version of the album.
  • "A Winter's Tale" was recorded during the Art of Drowning sessions. It was featured on The Days of the Phoenix EP, and later on the AFI compilation.


  • AFI - vocals (background), producer
  • Davey Havok - lead vocals, lyrics
  • Adam Carson - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Hunter Burgan - bass, programming, keyboard, backing vocals
  • Jade Puget - lead guitar, programming, keyboard, piano, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Nick 13 - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Lars Frederiksen - backing vocals
  • Dexter Holland - backing vocals
  • Chris "X-13" Higgins - backing vocals
  • Darcy Vaughn - Viola
  • Thadd LaRue - Vocals (background), Assistant
  • Chuck Johnson - Producer, Engineer
  • Frank Rinella - Assistant Engineer
  • Eddy Schreyer - Mastering
  • Andy Ernst - Mixing
  • Alan Forbes - Artwork
  • Jamie Reilly - Layout Design

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Billboard 200 174
Heatseekers 9
Top Independent Albums 12
Top Heatseekers Pacific 2
Top Heatseekers Mountain 1


  • The inner-edge of the CD case reveals a hidden message: "Battled". This is the name of the hidden track on the CD edition.
  • "The Despair Factor" contains the lyrics "My whole life is a dark room... one big dark room," which is a line originally spoken by Winona Ryder in the film Beetlejuice.
  • The official AFI fan club, the Despair Faction, gets its name from the song "The Despair Factor." It contains perks such as exclusive merchandise, a free digital magazine, and a message board community.
  • The song "Wester" was featured in Winter X Games Snowboarding 2000.
  • The song "The Days of the Phoenix" refers to the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, California. Petaluma is near Ukiah, California, where the band originated, and the band played the venue often in their early years.
  • The song "The Nephilim" was featured in the 2004 video game MTX Mototrax.


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