With Moneen and A Change of Pace. Saturday, November 4, at the Grog Shop.

Alexisonfire starts off its third album, Crisis, with an embarassing admission: "All right, this is from our hearts, sincerity over simple chords." Trouble is, that heart-on-the-sleeve sincerity often manifests as teen angst and naiveté, instead of the impassioned idealism for which the group of young Canucks strives.

The dynamic vocal interplay between lead-crooner Dallas Green and screamer George Pettit provides plenty of catchy-yet-crushing metalcore moments, like a more musically adept version of Boysetsfire, yet also yields the occasional screamo-as-pop groaner worthy of Atreyu or Hawthorne Heights.

Still, a comparison of Crisis with the group's second album, Watch Out, shows that a healthy touring regimen and a few more years of maturity have resulted in definite progress. The hooks are sharper than ever, the breakdowns hit just the right spots, and the lyrical resolve is firm, no matter the amount of critical eye-rolling that results.

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