Band: Every Time I Die
Label: Epitaph Records
Home Base: Buffalo, NY
Genre: Hardcore, Southern Rock, Punk, Metal, Other
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Standout Tracks: Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space, I Suck (Blood), Touch Yourself
FFO: Forward-thinking heavy tunes.
From the debut of the Ex-Lives album cover featuring a real photo of a rabble-rouser being swarmed on by riot police whilst sporting an Every Time Die T-shirt during the now infamous G8 summit protests, I had the feeling this was going to be exceptional effort from one of hardcore’s most intriguing bands. Introducing the first recorded work with new drummer Ryan Leger, Every Time I Die’s Ex-Lives is already a definite contender for best of 2012.
The album dips into the angst and timeliness of Hot Damn-era ETID and takes it up a another notch. Amen.
If 2009’s New Junk Aesthetic wasn’t quite enough to toss you overboard, it’s time to get re-acquainted with this quintet. Ex-Lives serves up a plethora of meaty riffs at smoking tempos, Buckley’s renowned lyrical contexts and deliveries are stronger than ever, and Leger incorporates double-bass drumwork for the first the time in ETID’s 13-year career.
There’s no doubt about it, Every Time I Die are back in big fucking way. Don’t feel obliged to take my word for it, you can stream the album in it’s entiredy below courtesy of Epitaph Records.
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Review by Joshua T. Cohen