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In 2000, they released The Art of Drowning to fair record sales.The group had toured with another band, Samhain, on their reunion tour.Havok and his friends, Mark Stopholese and Vic Chalker, decided to start a band in high school, even though they did not own or play any instruments.Stopholese suggested that his friend, Adam Carson, might be able to fill the role of drummer because he owned a drum set. After high school, the band broke up when its members left for college.Following high school, Havok attended University of California, Berkeley, as an English and Psychology double major.Following his sophomore year, his career with AFI took off and Havok did not return to the university.In 2000 when Michale Graves had left the Misfits, Havok was approached by Roadrunner Records to be the new lead singer of Misfits.
In 1997, the band released their third full-length album, Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes. It featured covers of The Cure's "The Hanging Garden", and "Demonomania" by The Misfits.
Havok later joined three Samhain musicians, Steve Zing, London May and Todd Youth, and recorded an album in the vein of Samhain under the name Son of Sam, entitled Songs from the Earth.
Following Davey's work with Son of Sam, AFI continued to tour for a few years and released a few EPs along the way.
In 2003, the band's first major label release, Sing the Sorrow, was released, attaining great record sales.
On June 6, 2006, Decemberunderground was released on Interscope Records. Along with this concert series, AFI's first DVD, I Heard a Voice – Live from Long Beach Arena was released on December 12, 2006, containing the live concert from Long Beach Arena from September 15, 2006.