AFI Drop New Single “I Hope You Suffer” – Listen

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AFI's Davey Havok (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

AFI’s Davey Havok (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Post-hardcore rockers AFI are teasing fans with the first single from their forthcoming ninth album, due out in September. “I Hope You Suffer” was posted today (July 18) to the band’s website, and will be available for download July 23.

The industrial-influenced song comes nearly four years since their last effort, 2009’s Crash Love. Front man Davey Havok provides emotional lyrics over an unconventionally punchy drum rhythm, while big guitars and deep bass fill out the chorus.

Havok dedicates his vocals to an ex-lover, singing, “I faced destruction and you just killed me and walked away/I gave my heart to the cruel now it will not beat again/I hope you do/I hope you suffer/I hope you do/Just like I suffered.” Listen below:

Screaming vocals and abstract layers of synths give a harder dynamic to the track, which is a far cry from Crash Love’s pop-rock attitude. “I Hope You Suffer” is a dark love ballad, echoing AFI albums past Sing the Sorrow and Decemberunderground, which initially thrust the group into the spotlight in the mid-2000s with singles like “Girl’s Not Grey” and “Miss Murder.”

Drummer Adam Carson delivers a beat more Nine Inch Nails than Fall Out Boy, while guitarist Jade Puget’s chords race through the four-and-a-half minute song with 80s metal influence.

The band recently announced their deal with Universal Republic to put out the unnamed upcoming album, which Havok confirmed last month has been in the works for two years. Havok, Puget, Carson and bassist Hunter Burgan teamed up with producers Gil Norton and Andrew Scheps to work on the new material, but managed to keep work under wraps until earlier this year when the band released a series of cryptic teaser videos preceding the official album announcement.

In addition to their own album, AFI will be lending their sound to upcoming film The Mortal Instruments (in theaters August 21), which is set to feature an LA Riots remix of forthcoming song “17 Crimes.” It is unclear whether the track will be included on the band’s new full-length, but the remix version is available for pre-order on iTunes with the soundtrack album.

The band will take the stage at both the Chicago and Denver dates of Riot Festival this September, with an official album tour yet to be announced.  

- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com

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