Multiplatinum alt band AFI have entered Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart at No. 9 and the iTunes Alternative Chart at No. 2 with their critically acclaimed new release, BURIALS.

Praised by the Los Angeles Times as an album of "ferocious rock performances," BURIALS' early success can be chalked up to lead single "17 Crimes" (the video for which can be seen here: and a sold-out North American tour that generated fan excitement and rave reviews leading up to the album's release.

About the tour's electrifying kickoff show, Rolling Stone wrote, "L.A.'s venerable Troubadour has seen a lot of big-name acts in recent months, from Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails to Courtney Love. But none brought the rabid fan energy AFI drew last night…the entire crowd sang along and pumped their arms. It was the first time anybody could recall crowd-surfing and a barricade at the Troubadour."

The album drew similar accolades, with Revolver proclaiming "it may be the most brilliant record AFI has ever made." USA Today gave the album 3 stars (out of 4), Alternative Press gave it 4 stars (out of 5), Billboard lauded its "hefty instrumentals and soaring vocal melodies" and the Houston Chronicle called Burials a "truly career-encompassing record."

Burials is AFI's ninth full-length studio album and first for Republic Records. The Cali-based band recorded the album with producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters) at East West Studios in Los Angeles. The record was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Since the release of 1995's debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI have written and recorded five top ten hit singles ("Miss Murder," "Medicate," "Love Like Winter," "Silver and Gold," "Girl's Not Grey"), hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal international following whose members number in the millions.

The band wraps its headlining tour this week with shows in Portland (Roseland Theatre), Seattle (The Showbox) and Vancouver (The Commodore Ballroom).
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