Canadian post-hardcore kings Alexisonfire have made a comeback album to be proud of

It's 13 years since Alexisonfire released Old Crows / Young Cardinals, but new album Otherness is a grand return

Alexisonfire: Otherness cover art
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At this point it’s likely that even the most hopeful of fans were doubtful they’d ever hear a new album from Alexisonfire. It’s 13 years since the band last released a full-length record, and in the interim the band members scattered on the wind to work on successful solo projects and collaborations. 

So it’s a joy to report that not only are Canada’s premier post-hardcore kids back, older and wiser, they’re also on a creative high that suggests they were waiting for the stars to align perfectly before deeming their new material worthy of recording.

The title is well chosen. Alexisonfire were always special because of their slight oddness. With three voices coming together – George Pettit with his filthy growl, Dallas Green with his clear, prettily melodic vocals and Wade MacNeil with meaty rock’n’roll tones – over a barrage of guitars, they sound like no one else. 

There’s a progressive element to the record, which swiftly becomes a finely executed journey full of unexpected turns, sometimes breathless and racing, sometimes elegant and mournful, sometimes sprawling and wailing, always with a sense of beauty and drama at its heart. Otherness is a grand return from a gang of proud outsiders.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.