Break Angels feels like a song that would have been right at home on Burials with its synths and faster paced drumming moments. Back To The Sun is probably the biggest departure for the band with fuzzy distorted guitars softer drums, long drawn out moments filled with emotion, and a screaming guitar solo followed by a short acoustic bridge. It really feels like something from the early days of post hardcore and emo channeling bands like The Pixies and Sunny Day Real Estate. It's a song that will likely be divisive but that's par for the course with the band.
The first single off the EP Get Dark is mostly traditional AFI with Davy Havok demonstrating full control over his voice and the way he emotes certain words back by a solid and groovy guitar riff. Then there's the title track The Missing Man which takes everything you thought you knew about the band and throws it out. The track begins with manipulated vocals and a classic guitar, throws in violins and emotionally punchy lyrics with Davy Havok really at his best. The vocal delivery could only be described as smooth and yet explosive during the chorus. The song leaves you with a sense of unease and uncertainty.
AFI showed some signs of exploring new sounds on The Blood Album with songs like She Speaks The Language and The Wind That Carries Me Away, The Missing Man EP builds off of that with new creative ideas and direction. Yet for all it's weirdness and experimentation most of the songs are classic AFI all the same. They've delivered something that feels uniquely personal as if this is them baring their souls to the fans. It's short but ultimately sweet, it's also an album that because of it's peculiarity may not connect with some fans right away. It's an album you really have to listen to a few times before things really sink in. I'd say the risks the band took really paid off and it will be interesting to see if this represents a new era for the band's ever changing sound.