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Editors’ Notes

Being in more than one band isn’t easy; just ask Davey Havok and Jade Puget. With their main band, AFI, demanding most of their time, it took years before they could finish the debut album from their side project Blaqk Audio. Their sophomore album, Bright Black Heaven, took another five years. But the opening song, “Cold War,” shows it was worth the wait. Puget takes on synthesizer, drum programming, and guitar duties—creating a dark and glistening soundscape for Havok’s icy inflections to soar over. Fans of Erasure and '80s goth-pop will find an immediate familiarity with this song. If not for the slightly anachronistic drum and bass rhythms, the pulsing “Fade to White” would fit snugly on an ‘80s club–themed mix between Soft Cell and New Order. Harking back to the days when industrial music prompted young men to wear eyeliner and dance around in black eight-hole Doc Martens boots, the standout cut “Faith Healer” throbs with beats that sound imported from Wax Trax! Records’ heyday, save for singing that has more in common with Depeche Mode.

Customer Reviews

Great sound

Over all, this is a solid release. Maybe it will grow on me, but I don't immediate love it like I loved CexCells. Good for the boys for getting this out to us. Can't wait to check them out on tour!

Blaqk Audio doesn't blaqk out!

Davey and Jade have done it again. It reminds me alot of Depeche Mode, Killing Joke
and Duran Duran with a little bit of Boy George thrown in. I like this one better can CexCells.
CexCells was great but this one is better.

Whoever gives the cd a low rating mug be deaf.

Most of the people giving this cd a low rating are totally misunderstanding the cd and the themes or sounds etc...First of all if u are going to associate this sound with AFI then please just get off this page, secondly, to the person that said it has too many Christian elements and such, well Davey in NO way promotes Christianity. If u listen to AFI then you should know well that he incorporates religious words and such within his lyrics but he mostly uses them to denounce religion. Either way back to the main point, this cd is great! While it may sound different than Cex Cells, it is a nice different. I'm glad it doesn't sound much like Cex Cells otherwise you would get bored of the same sound. This cd's sound is more upbeat and poppy with lyrics that can still resonate with you. I am glad to proudly own this cd :) 💙❤💜


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Despite the fact that AFI singer Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget had been working on songs for their electronic side project Blaqk Audio since before AFI's breakthrough album, Sing the Sorrow, came out in 2003, it took a few years for the music to see the light of day. The success of their group's major-label debut prevented the two from spending much time on it, though Puget still continued to bring programmed sounds into AFI's repertoire, both on Sing the Sorrow and 2006's Decemberunderground....
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