AFI Finally Bring 'Sing the Sorrow' Back to Vinyl

The band's formative sixth LP turned 20 years old this month

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 13, 2023

AFI's sixth studio LP Sing the Sorrow celebrated a musical milestone this past weekend, and in marking the effort's 20th anniversary, the punk vets have treated the effort to a new vinyl pressing.

At long last, Sing the Sorrow comes back to wax officially for the first time since its initial release on March 11, 2003. In recent years, unofficial vinyl pressings have appeared on the market to meet demand, while resale sites like Discogs show how hard-to-find original pressings regularly fetch steep three-figure prices.

Now, the 20th anniversary repress of Sing the Sorrow arrives on "red with black smoke" coloured vinyl, ahead of an "indie exclusive," black and red pinwheel-coloured edition arriving as part of Record Store Day 2023. The band's official website has the former edition available for pre-order.

AFI also celebrated Sing the Sorrow with a performance of the album in its entirety, playing the Kia Forum in Los Angeles the day of its anniversary with support from Jawbreaker, Chelsea Wolfe and Choir Boy. You can watch fan-shot footage of the band's hour-long set below.

Produced by Jerry Finn and Butch Vig, Sing the Sorrow stands as a musical departure from the hardcore and horror punk that defined AFI's first five full-lengths, marking a pivot towards the post-hardcore, alternative and emo sounds they would go on to further explore on efforts like 2006 follow-up Decemberunderground and 2013's Burials.

AFI last shared 11th album Bodies in 2021. In June, the band will perform at Bonnaroo 2023.

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