Every Time I Die
Gutter Phenomenon


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Turner-Heffer USER (38 Reviews)
September 4th, 2005 | 140 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Every Time I Die – Gutter Phenomenon

It seems a long time ago now when Every Time I Die came out with ‘Hot Damn!’ which proved to be one of the greatest metalcore albums around and instantly projected them over their peers. But it was only a year ago, and after endless touring and a huge reputation building up behind them, they were quick to respond with this, their third full length album and their most user-friendly yet.

But most people could have easily guessed this before even hearing anything from it. Not only have they got “lighter" with every album, but they’re also become more popular. But this is by no means a bad thing. Ok, some purists and fans of earlier work will take this as a shock to the system at first; the trouble with the vast majority of Every Time I Die’s audience is that they claim to be the toughest crowd to please. But unlike many (worse) bands they haven’t even taken it into consideration. Like Dillinger Escape Plan’s ascendancy into ‘Miss Machine’, Every Time I Die has continued to make the music inspired by those that move them the most, regardless of what it would sound at the end.

Now, ETID have always been proud Guns and Roses fans, that’s been fairly obvious all the way through, but this is the most rock n roll album they have come up with to date, yet they have still kept the perfect balance between that and their sometimes unforgiving metalcore sound. This is proof if nothing else of a truly influential band. You are drawn in right from the start too, as ‘Apocalypse now and then’ opens up into a fast paced riffalicious mini-masterpiece; it is jaw-dropping if nothing else.

What’s most evident about their obvious push for the mainstream though is the promotion of the fact that Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance makes a guest appearance on this album. Bit of a hit or miss strategy to be honest. Some kids will pick this up and go “Eugh, he’s that Emo tosser, screw that!" but it’s them who will be missing out. Not only is this a fantastic album, but Gerard Way himself manages to prove his worth on latest single ‘Kill the Music’ where his vocal contribution is really quite something; arguably better than his own band. He isn’t the only face to make an appearance either, current side-project loving vocalist Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Head Automatica also makes a fantastic contribution on one of Every Time I Die’s catchiest songs ever, ‘Champing at the Bit’.

While their proof of they’re obvious roots is kept all through the album, it is perhaps best shown in ‘Guitarred and Feathered’, a song that has been doing the works for sometime on internet land, but has now been re-recorded, re-produced and sounds absolutely fantastic. The heavy and frantic riffs are apparent all through this, while the band’s new direction sits happily within it too.

There’s no denying it, Every Time I Die have outdone themselves once again. Ok, so this isn’t as heavy as the purists would like it to be, it’s not ‘Hot Damn!’ But in all honesty, nothing ever will. So they have made the perfect decision to not try and do ‘Hot Damn!’ all over again, but to use it to make something just as new and exciting. Ok, the sudden shift in Keith Buckley’s vocals and lyrics may take some acclimatising, ok; there isn’t anything here that can match the ferocious single that is ‘Ebolarama’, but this still stands alongside ‘Hot Damn!’ as an equally amazing album, and if there is anyone showing the true potential of something really special and influential, it is these guys.

Adam Turner-Heffer



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FoundDeadHanging
September 10th 2005


13 Comments


good review, i love this album so much, ETID is such an amazing band

Toaster
September 10th 2005


343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Saw them live on SOTU, was really unimpressed with Keith Buckley's voice. Plus, he laid off the booze. What's up with that?

Apathy
September 17th 2005


645 Comments


Wow, the singer's voice has improved greatly. This album is a lot heavier than Hot Damn! as well as less southern-rock. I have just downloaded this, and from what I have heard, I like it.

Apathy
September 18th 2005


645 Comments


Yeah, this album is good. It is sort of weird at times though, and I imagine it takes a couple of listens to fully process.

underoath4sleep
September 19th 2005


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really like this, Gerard voice is so good on Kill The Music. i heard that for releasing it as a single they are replacing his voice becuase of contract issues and the song will be called Keith The Music on the video. thats what the recent AP magazine said anyhow. great album tho

incubus62086
September 19th 2005


147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea i heard that about Kill The Music as well. I think Gerard Way did a good job on that song even though alot of people are downing ETID for including him. Daryl Palumbo is a nice addition to Champing at the Bit, I think he works well as a guest vocalist on all the side projects he does (such as his backup on the first Finch full lenght)

cul-de-sac-beat-down
October 10th 2005


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Keith seems to have laid off of the irony in his lyrical approach to this one, i find the lyrics very derivative and lame at times. I'm a huge fan of Last Night In Town and Hot Damn! and especially love the vibe emitted from Hot Damn!. I'm just not feelin Gutter Phenomenon. Hopefully their next release is more to accomodating to my surperior taste in music.

AtTheDriveIn198d
October 27th 2005


158 Comments


i think this album was watered down to much by the label. after listening to it you can still hear....thats not right

HOTFORTEACHER
October 30th 2005


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To me this albumn is a step back almost for etid, it seems they lost some of the mathy odd time signatures theyve been noted for. I like keiths voice better in hot damn! and I belive hot damn! is just a better albumn in general.

AtTheDriveIn198d
November 2nd 2005


158 Comments


most annoying thing about this album is that gerard ways on it cus that seems to be the whole selling point. in kerrang it says "thrills and spills form gerard ways fave band". who cares?

spoon_of_grimbo
November 2nd 2005


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im glad someone cleared up the gerard way issue... no wonder i couldn't hear his voice on the video! not that that's necessarily a bad thing, i think his voice is a bit of an acquired taste lol!

CushMG15
November 2nd 2005


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just listened to Kill the Music, I rather enjoyed it.

Turns out that I bought The Burial Plot Bidding War on a whim awhile ago...totally forgot about it. I recall not really liking it much a year or so ago...but perhaps I'll give it another spin.

Damrod
Moderator
November 22nd 2005


1093 Comments


This is the first album by ETID I checked out, and though it's a nice listen it is very generic and not really special IMO. Still entertaining for a while, I'm sure.

CushMG15
December 28th 2005


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just picked this disc. The initial effect is pretty good, but I have the feeling that it'll wear off and take a seat next to mediocrity.

Does anyone else have The Burial Plot Bidding War? Because I do, and I recall not liking it at all a year ago. I'm gonna go re-listen to it now.

Jawaharal
December 28th 2005


1832 Comments


Why did revolver make this album of the year?

masada
December 28th 2005


2733 Comments


Because Revolver doesn't know anything.

Jawaharal
December 28th 2005


1832 Comments


That is true. How can you trust a magazine which posts suicide girls pictures in it?

Storm In A Teacup
December 28th 2005


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't like what I've heard from them. They seem a little bland.

Cravinov13
December 29th 2005


3854 Comments


These guys define originality

Apathy
December 29th 2005


645 Comments


Are you kidding me? This is sooooo stock, pretty bad too. It's like pop-metalcore shit.



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