Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Teenage angst set to a rock beat.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 24 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Parents may be uneasy about the dark imagery in some of these lyrics.


A lot of violent imagery -- the word "suicide" appears over and over again.


Some mild innuendo, but nothing explicit.


No actual expletives.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some references to violence, drugs, and physical abuse in the screaming, emotional -- yet somehow perky -- vocals.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byehmalee April 9, 2008

Quality music that offers alternatives to the status quo

No doubt Decemberunderground is full of intensity and philosophically charged lyrics backed by masterfully orchestrated music that blends two decades of musical... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnthony Prov December 10, 2018


Decemberunderground is an album that's concerned with themes of isolation, vanity, fame, obsession, and relationships. Parents should note that it doesn... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bycaptianspiffy June 19, 2012

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The band is Straight edge, witch means there against the use of drugs or alcohol.
Teen, 14 years old Written bye.autumn January 8, 2010
I really love AFI's variety in sounds. Yeah, they use a lot of dark imagery, and "suicide" is a frequent word, but it's not like they'r... Continue reading

What's the story?

It seems like it would be really hard to scream your guts out on songs about angst- and drug-filled life-changing moments and still sound perky. But AFI manages to do just that on DECEMBERUNDERGROUND. AFI stands for \"A Fire Inside,\" and lead singer David Havok's vocals ignite the group with a raw, burning energy. This guy sounds like he believes every word he sings, whether screeching over searing guitars and powerful bass and drums, or toning it down (just a bit) on \"The Interview.\" Jade Puget (guitar), Adam Carson (drums), and Hunter (bass) provide an impeccable music bed for the powerful vocals.

Is it any good?

Notably diverse, the songs on this CD are all performed with a heavy-handed backbeat and full-tilt enthusiasm; the arrangements stay interesting through a dozen well-performed tracks. Some parents might be uncomfortable about certain lyrics; references are made to drugs and violence, and the word "suicide" shows up over and over again, setting a mood of nihilistic intensity. But there's also poetic imagery in lines like "City lights, like rain, dance and explode/Fall upon debutantes" ("Kiss and Control"). Though some of the lyrics explore the darker side of life, love, and pain, the perfectionism in AFI's production and the care taken on every track give away the fact that these guys actually really care.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the raw energy in these songs. How does AFI pull it off? What are the musical ingredients of an energetic sound?

Music details

  • Artist: AFI
  • Release date: June 6, 2006
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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