Sound — 10
Even now, AFI is an extremely prominent band in the hardcore/punk scene, even after branching out into more experimental types of music with 'Sing the Sorrow'. Black Sails was AFI's first album with the new line-up (Hunter/bass and Jade/guitar), and also when they found their defined style beyond their early compilations of all their straight-punk material. All aspects of AFI, whether it be lyrics or instrumentals, is extremely well written out and sounds exceptional, and all members of the band are extremely talented in their parts. Extremely well thought out, creative lines and songs make this album an extremely memorable one.
Lyrics — 10
This album has some incredible lyrics within it, and they fit extremely well with the music. Davey Havok is easily one of the best punk/hardcore singers alive, so there is no doubt the singing on this record is phenomenal.
Overall Impression — 10
Although each AFI album is unique and amazing, this one stands out especially for me. Obviously it has the hit and concert-ender, "God Called In Sick Today" and other favourites like "Prayer Position", but even the less-recognized tracks are easily favourites of many. "Clove Smoke Catharsis", "Malleus Maleficarum" and others are very cool tracks. There is not a minute in the album I would rather pay attention doing something else during, this album is an easy-listener any time, and definitely one of my top 10's. This album is a must-have for any punk/hardcore fan!