AFI are teasing fans with “I Hope You Suffer,” the first single from their upcoming as-yet-untitled ninth album, due out in September.

The industrial-influenced song, which was posted to the band’s website today (July 18), comes nearly four years after their last effort, 2009’s Crash Love. Frontman 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 the albums of AFI past like 2003’s Sing the Sorrow and 2006’s Decemberunderground, which initially thrust the group into the spotlight 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, as 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.

The band will take the stage at both the Chicago and Denver dates of Riot Festival this September.

– Nee-Sa Lossing,


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