Fans were cautiously optimistic when AFI announced AFI (The Blood Album) last October, hoping for music that would reward their loyalty and solidify the band’s standing. Secretly, they realize the likelihood of new material with the influence of 2000’s The Art of Drowning or chart-oblivious fan favorites like “God Called in Sick Today” are slim. Most bands in the second or third decades of their careers make records that are fine, but unmemorable. It’s like The Killers releasing Battle Born or Fall Out Boy releasing American Beauty/American Psycho. The new material won’t tarnish hits of old, but its existence doesn’t really matter.