Every Time I Die
From Parts Unknown
By this point in their career, Every Time I Die could easily sit back and coast for a few years. They have built a strong following over the years with their aggressive music and relentless touring. Rising to the top of the metalcore genre with their cathartic sound, the group continually pushes boundaries, experimenting with southern metal, mathcore and sludge metal at various points in their discography.
The band’s seventh full length combines the chaotic music that they are known for with continued musical growth. Keith Buckley alternates between soaring melodies and crazed screams, complementing his brother Jordan and Andy Williams spastic guitar playing. Despite having a revolving door for bassists, the tight band sounds like a close knit brotherhood, which is reinforced when watching their fantastic live shows.
From Parts Unknown is a beautiful seething mess. The raw intensity eclipses their previous work, proving once again that they deserve to be heard. The addition of Kurt Ballou (Converge) as producer seems like the perfect fit for the group. Their sound is pushed to newfound territories, the chaotic moments more passionate than ever before, while the Buckley appears to have found new depths to his vocal range, tapping into contrasting haunting melodies and dark rage.
Every Time I Die return rejuvenated, kicking the album off with the familiar The Great Secret, a loud and fast return to form Moor begins with a simple piano accompaniment, as Buckley channels Maynard James Keenan for the hushed beginning of the song. After a minute and a half, the full band kicks in and the song explodes. Buckley is still singing in his coarse wail, but now with unrestrained swagger. The songs fly by in quick succession, as listeners are swept away to sweaty, crowded clubs with seething masses raging in time to the band’s insane live set. They continue their tradition of bringing in guests, including Coalesce’s Sean Ingram and the surprise inclusion of Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem). Fallon joins Buckley on Old Light, which utilizes the vocalist’s easily identifiable voice to temper the wails. It is an exciting limit, but it definitely shines a light on the severe limitations of Fallon’s vocal skills.
But the album isn’t all raging hardcore. In addition to the restrained intro to Moor, the album stretches in all directions. On El Dorado, they return to the southern metalcore of The Big Dirty. If there is a song to listen to while cruising in your El Camino, this is it. In the past, the group has made albums that packaged up a distinct musical style, while changing their sound from album to album. From Parts Unknown takes the best parts of all their releases (the passion of Hot Damn!, the swagger of The Big Dirty, the experimentation of New Junk Aesthetic…) and blends them together to create their strongest album yet.
Every Time I Die have fought their way to the top of the modern metal scene and defined their own personal brand of musical chaos. As other bands dissolved (The Chariot, Underoath), they continued to grow stronger. The technical guitar work and biting lyrics are part of their identity. They stand at the top of the scene alongside their peers Converge and Comeback Kid, but their music is unique enough to be easily identifiable. The unrestrained passion evident on From Parts Unknown is a welcome addition to an already strong discography. (Dustin Blumhagen)
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