Their 7th album, released May 29th, has been said to be an even farther cry from their traditional goth-hardcore-punk sound as their last album, 2003's Sing the Sorrow. Critics say this album contains more electronic and new-wave sounds as compared to their previous albums.
I'm not sure if I'd ever buy an album (and would be interested to hear from readers how it is), but I always try to catch their songs on stations like MTV (the only time they show videos, like 2 a.m.) or Fuse. I like their new single, "Miss Murder," so hopefully the rest of the album is just as good, if not better.
In a never-ending world of American Idol albums, Now albums, and country albums (sorry you country fans, I just can't get into your music, but I have no problems with you liking it), it is good to see a good hardcore-punk band reach #1.
Keep up the good work, AFI, and congratulations.