Every Time I Die
Hot Damn!


4.5
superb

Review

by transient USER (3 Reviews)
November 4th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a rock and roll takeover.

The way I see it lately, the metalcore genre seems to have become saturated with two types of bands; those that are bringing ridiculously overproduced and uncreative breakdowns to the swoop-fringed masses, and a select number of bands carrying the banner for the brand of the genre pioneered by the likes of Botch, Integrity and Converge (read: good metalcore), with the focus being on technicality and calculated brutality. It's refreshing then that bands like Every Time I Die exist to prove my jaded generalizations are exactly that - a cynical characterization of a genre that has far more to offer than first meets the eye.

Anyone familiar with Every Time I Die's later work will be able to see the influence their past work has had on their current southern groove oriented manifestation. Much heavier than their recent rock-riff heavy records but still containing the same sense of freewheeling fun, Hot Damn!'s riffs are faster and more intricate, the rhythm section more visceral, and the vocals aggressive and passionate. With a talent for writing witty, intelligent and incredibly appealing lyrics, Keith Buckley leads from the front, and his charisma as a frontman on Hot Damn! is unmatched on any other release from the band. His vocals often take the front seat in this manic half-an-hour of metalcore, and he tactfully avoids being overbearing, instead complimenting the frantic instrumentation with a voice that is equally as urgent. The breakdown on “Floater” is the obvious highlight of the album, with the screams of ‘drag the lake / you’ll find it’s full of love’ expressing all of the anguish and heartache that any asshole that has destroyed a relationship feels. Another standout, “Ebolarama” is an excellent example, with the heavy groove of the opening riffs perfectly partnering Buckley’s bitter spiel about the emptiness of nights drenched in alcohol, but the desire to enjoy it and live and fuck and do it over and over again anyway.

As energetic as it is fun, Hot Damn! (and indeed the band's entire body of work) is an invigorating listen, and with one of the best live shows I've ever experienced, Every Time I Die keep proving their worth as a breath of fresh air in a genre saturated with talentless, tasteless trash.


user ratings (928)
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other reviews of this album
Statrick Pickles (5)
No chasers allowed....

PeteyThePistol (5)
Don't expect Every Time I Die to slow down any time soon....

Understanding In a Crash (4)
Get ready to punch everyone who you hate in the face and to steal their girlfriend....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Inveigh
November 4th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. I love the shit out of this album.

Transient
November 4th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wrote this for my blog so it's probably bad but whatever


album rules

cvlts
November 4th 2010


8968 Comments


typical 'metalcore is bad/good' paragraph, but review is concise and good wording. pos.

never really got into this album (compared to their others)

Inveigh
November 4th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I figured this would be your kinda album This Life

cvlts
November 4th 2010


8968 Comments


honestly its been years since I properly spinned this so I guess I'll take another listen, cause you're probably right.

Inveigh
November 4th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I generally am ;-)

Transient
November 4th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i write my blog for my ignorant friends to read and that first paragraph is a quick summary of how the genre seems to stand to a lot of people

cvlts
November 4th 2010


8968 Comments


I remember the difference between this and Gutter are fairly big

Transient
November 4th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is like my 20th review dude

cvlts
November 4th 2010


8968 Comments


transient USER (2 Reviews)


Inveigh
November 4th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, Gutter's much more polished even though it still rules.

Transient
November 4th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this isn't my first account :x

accompliceofmydeath
November 4th 2010


4265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is good stuff. lol @ fairy big, Dante.

Digging: New Found Glory - Resurrection

cvlts
November 4th 2010


8968 Comments


waitwut? ;]

accompliceofmydeath
November 4th 2010


4265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I better listen to this today, too.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2010


17224 Comments


ONE TWO THREE ONE TWO THREE KEEP IT UP ONE TWO THREE SAVOR IT!

UnderDaIce
November 4th 2010


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

When we....find you, we'll skin you alive, we'll poke out your eyes, and the cannons will roar as we march to the capital, dragging your hide. Love this album

WeepingBanana
November 4th 2010


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is so much fun and definitely their best

ebolarama is probably my favorite etid song

I HAVE NO LOVERRRRR AND SHE HASN'T THE PRETTIEST EYES

Jakeitwasaghost
November 5th 2010


767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The review is worded well, it's a tad short though. This album rules.

ffs
November 5th 2010


4880 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tonight im coming hooooome in a coma if it fucking kills me



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