If you look at an album review from L.A. outfit The Bronx from the last …
After close to two decades of on-stage antics, lengthy touring and frenetic live shows, metalcore pioneers Every Time I Die have produced one of the most engaging and thoroughly consistent discographies in heavy music today, alongside staple acts like Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan. On their eighth studio album Low Teens, ETID emerge as a well-oiled and seasoned outfit who revel in bucking trends and racking up hit after manic hit.
Playing to their strengths and recorded by man-of-the-hour engineer Will Putney (Thy Art Is Murder, The Amity Affliction), Low Teens finds the Buffalo, New York act stirring the shit out of their raucous, melting-pot formula, with dashes of hardcore, sludge metal and southern rock swagger blitzed together to form a charismatic and chaotic cocktail for the senses.
Low Teens finds the Buffalo, New York act stirring the shit out of their raucous, melting-pot formula, with dashes of hardcore, sludge metal and southern rock swagger blitzed together to form a charismatic and chaotic cocktail for the senses.
Guitarists Andy Williams and Jordan Buckley launch into full-blown beast mode, with a cavalcade of relentless riffage on barn-burners like Two Summers and single Glitches. New drummer Daniel Davison (ex-Underoath, ex-Norma Jean) finds his groove, thrashing wildly with purpose across balls-out rockers Awful Lot and The Coin Has A Say.
However, it’s vocalist and lyrical wordsmith Keith Buckley who steals the show once again, delivering a tortured, sardonically dark performance with his trademark croon, soaring melodies and razor-edged screams. Themes of love, death and destruction ultimately dominate the conversation, as Buckley’s insightful reflections reach a veritable fever pitch on the existential battering-ram Petal, and its haunting refrain: “Untimely ripped into this world/I was born again as a girl.” Functioning as the sonic hangover for lurid tales of daring, despair and debauchery, Low Teens is yet another masterful effort from ETID and a true contender for AOTY.
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Norma Jean, The Bronx, Letlive.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Petal, C++ (Love Will Get You Killed), The Coin Has A Say
Low Teens is available from 23rd September from Epitaph.